Cicero hires ex-adviser to British ambassador to lead Dublin drive
Robert O’Reilly has joined the agency as a director
Cicero Group is preparing to open a new Dublin office after hiring a former advisor to the last two British Ambassadors to Ireland.
Iain Anderson’s agency currently has a 50-strong office in London and half a dozen staff in its Brussels office. The Dublin office opens on in February and will be led by Robert O’ Reilly who has just joined Cicero as a director.
O’ Reilly was previously political, economic and business policy advisor in the politics and economic team (known as the chancery section) of the British Embassy in Dublin. Before joining the embassy in 2009, he practiced as a barrister in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands.
Cicero executive director Helena Walsh claimed that: “Our integrated teams across London, Brussels and Dublin means Cicero is in an unparalleled position to provide our clients with in-depth political and policy insight across this unique Brexit triangle”.
O’Reilly said: “Brexit is the biggest challenge to Ireland’s economy in a generation. Since the EU referendum, I have engaged with Irish and multinational companies in Ireland that are seeking clarity on the UK’s Brexit trajectory. In circumstances of profound uncertainty, many companies are making vital decisions to protect their businesses.
“With expert teams across London, Brussels and now Dublin, Cicero offers incomparable expertise for organisations at home and abroad who are grappling with a whirlwind of political upheaval.”
Cicero’s new Dublin office at Earlsfort Terrace will open on 1 February.