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Project Communications

RPS is a leading communications consultancy working alongside our clients to devise and deliver award winning communications strategies. We provide advisory and consultancy services to public and private sector clients from our Dublin, Cork and Galway offices.

Our collaborative approach provides additional insight and knowledge to develop informed strategies and project messaging for our clients, focused on the relevant stakeholders. Our team is sensitive to the issues and the needs of rural and urban audiences and has an extensive network of stakeholder and media contacts.

Some of our communications experts also have backgrounds in the media, politics, project management, engineering and environmental sciences. We established this dedicated team of communications professionals to support major infrastructure and environmental projects.

We ensure that the highest standards are maintained through membership of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), and are one of the few firms in Ireland that has achieved the PRCA’s Agency Management Standard (2016). Our communications consultants are members of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and the Consultation Institute (UK).

Case Studies

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

 

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) appointed RPS to find a modified route for the Corrib Onshore Pipeline in consultation with the local community and other relevant stakeholders.

RPS' brief in terms of stakeholder engagement on this project included:

Management of a public consultation and information process (over an 18 month period) which gathered local input in relation to route selection criteria and feedback on identified route options as these emerged during the route development process

Hosting of a number of public information events, structured consultation meetings with members of the local community and private meetings with groups and individuals from the local community

Direct liaison with affected landowners and residents

Production and distribution of project consultation and information brochures

Management of a dedicated project website and contact line

Consultation with relevant statutory bodies on project progress and key areas of concern for these bodies

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

European Green Capitals Award

 

RPS is the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf Award. These awards are an initiative of the European Commission.

Since the launch of the award in 2008, ten cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm 2010; Hamburg 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) 2012; Nantes 2013; Copenhagen 2014; Bristol 2015; Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2016; Essen (Germany) 2017; Nijmegan (the Netherlands) 2018; and Oslo 2019.

The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities, was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future.

RPS is responsible for promoting the awards internationally, throughout the 28 Member States. We manage the awards website (www.europeangreencapital.eu) and implement ongoing campaigns to build awareness of the initiatives through a range of social media channels, traditional media and at events throughout Europe. We also produce information materials, including animated videos and a suite of brochures, each year to promote the awards and the winning cities. Our team also assists the Commission with event management for the awards ceremony, ensuring compliance with branding rules amongst winning cities, and participates in an annual live-streamed Applicant Workshop in Brussels.

Public Consultation on National Drugs Strategy

 

In developing a new National Drugs Strategy, the Department of Health appointed RPS to promote and manage the public consultation in a manner that ensured widespread public participation. RPS developed a consultation strategy with clear objectives that sought to reach stakeholders and the general public across Ireland via a traditional and digital public relations promotional strategy. A range of tools were employed to encourage public participation. Accessibility was key to success and so we provided multiple channels for people to provide their feedback including through an online questionnaire, orally over the telephone, by email, by post, and at six round-table regional events across the country. RPS developed an online questionnaire in several languages including English, Irish, Polish and Urdu. We also organised and facilitated six regional events where a number of keynote speeches were followed by round-table discussions that we documented. In addition, in consultation with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs we developed a separate event and questionnaire for young people to ensure that their views were included.

To promote the consultation, we planned and organised a ministerial media launch, with the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, and a high profile Dublin GAA player. This generated extensive national, local and online media coverage, as well as social media conversations, all of which ensured high public awareness of the consultation and resulted in queries and submissions being made from the very first day.

The result was almost 3,000 submissions from all over Ireland. RPS prepared a detailed consultation report for the Department and presented findings to the Steering Committee and the Minister on a number of occasions. In addition, the Department of Health dedicated an entire chapter of its new National Drugs Strategy to the public consultation.