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Aibhlin McCrann

Aibhlin

Aibhlín McCrann is a communications consultant, facilitator and writer. She is a director of Communiqué International and co-founder of MasterScribes; a highly experienced  team of writers, journalists and editors with strong project management experience, who take projects from content planning stage to working with designers, photographers, illustrators and printers or web professionals to deliver  projects in print or online.

A significant proportion of Aibhlín’s writing assignments entail intensive engagement with key stakeholders to clarify their key messages, prior to writing and editing the material from concept through to publication as corporate strategies, policy and research documents or reports.  She also produces a wide variety of other copy for clients including newsletters, speeches, media releases and press statements in Irish and in English.

Examples of Aibhlín’s more recent work include developing and writing  a county-wide community safety strategy for County Louth, under the aegis of the Louth Peace and Reconciliation Programme, a six month project which entailed intensive engagement with numerous public sector, private sector and community stakeholders. She has also worked with the senior management team of  South Dublin  County to develop key principles for a quality of life and well-being strategy – An Altogether Better Place  – which she subsequently wrote; the first of its kind in the Irish public sector.

With a series of key national partners, she developed and edited a collaborative strategy, Sustaining Regeneration: A Social Plan for Ballymun (2012-2016), through design and production for Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. She wrote and edited Keep Meath Working, an economic action plan entailing research and analysis of government and local government job creation issues to align them with economic policy at local level for Meath County Council while she facilitated a diverse group of partners involved in Clár Aimhirgín: a Dublin City University post-graduate programme, FIONTAR, prior to completing an evaluation in Irish of the programme.

Aibhlín was a member of the Pivot Dublin communications team in Dublin City’s bid to be World Design Capital 2014. In that capacity, she facilitated a series of regional workshops as well as compiling, writing and editing web-based text for the Pivot Dublin website and communicating with local and national media throughout the campaign. She recently chaired and facilitated a day long session at The Hidden Rooms conference led by Dublin City Council which explored design solutions for the many challenges currently facing the city. She has undertaken numerous other facilitation and report and strategy-writing projects for Dublin City Council across a wide variety of its work.

As a member of the British-based Metropolitan Workshop team, she managed all elements of the public consultation and stakeholder communication in a year long process for the masterplan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, undertaken by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. This entailed assisting in writing and editing of the final masterplan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, editing of planning submissions; writing the communications material for local and national media, and  analysing complex technical material to make it relevant and understandable for local stakeholders.  It also involved writing reports on more than 100 meetings and analysing concerns in a clear, accessible fashion for the Harbour Company Board, together with the final editing of the material for a public exhibition on the Harbour Masterplan.

A fluent Irish speaker and practicing musician, Aibhlín is editor of a collection of essays celebrating the regeneration of Ballymun ‘Memories, Milestones and New Horizons’ Blackstaff Press (2008) and was author of the first Irish environmental self-help book Green, White and Green, Poolbeg Press (1989).  She holds a BA, B.MUS from University College Dublin, served on the Board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (2002-2005), is currently a member of the Board of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and has served on the Board of the Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon since 2006. She was re-appointed as Deputy Chair of the Council in 2011.

 

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