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Mayoman to front Shell’s PR campaign

A HIGHLY accomplished journalist has been appointed by Shell to try and improve the company’s image in the ongoing Corrib Gas row.John Egan, formerly from Mountain View, Castlebar, has worked for both RTE and the BBC. With the BBC, he worked mainly on The World Tonight, specialising in foreign affairs.Mr. Egan’s appointment comes at a testing time public relations wise for the company that is involved in a damaging row with five Rossport farmers over the onshore pipeline from the Corrib Field.The landowners gained considerable public support after going to jail for more than 90 days in support of their stance. The threat of further imprisonment still hangs over them.Against this background, Mr. Egan has been appointed to a high profile position in public affairs with Shell and he is expected to be the company’s main media spokesperson from now on.A son of the late Michael Joe and Eithne Egan, Castlebar, Mr. Egan is member of a highly respected legal family in the county town.His journalistic work is varied and includes an assignment for National Geographic Magazine which involving retracting the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts in their search for the legendary Golden Fleece.He has covered many major stories in Africa including the first democratic elections in South Africa and the genocide in Rwanda. Closer to home, he has covered the Northern Ireland peace process from the first IRA ceasefire in 1994.

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21 August 2006 - 1:48am