O’Neill and Associates, New England’s leading full-service government affairs and public relations firm, today announced the promotion of Matt Irish to Vice Chairman. In his new role, Mr. Irish will continue to serve as the managing director of the firm’s government relations practice, while also providing advice and counsel related to the strategic growth of the company and large-scale business development initiatives.
With over 20 years of experience with the Massachusetts state legislature and numerous political campaigns, Mr. Irish develops and implements integrated public affairs strategies, uniquely designed to assist clients in reaching and exceeding their goals on the municipal and state levels. He has represented a diverse array of clients across several industry sectors including transportation, education, nonprofit, technology, trade associations, and travel and hospitality.
“In his twelve years at the firm, Matt has been an integral and valuable part of O’Neill and Associates’ success and growth, not only for our government relations practice, but for the entire company,” said Thomas P. O’Neill III, Chief Executive Officer of O’Neill and Associates. “We are grateful to have Matt as a part of our team, and his political acumen and knowledge of Massachusetts state government is unmatched. I am pleased to recognize his achievements by elevating him to Vice Chairman.”
Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Mr. Irish served as Chief of Staff for Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman. In this role, Mr. Irish oversaw and directed all legislative, budgetary, personnel and administrative issues and acted as the media spokesman. Before becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Irish served as Senator Tolman’s Senior Legislative Aide and Staff Director. Mr. Irish began his career as a Press Assistant to then-U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Mr. Irish holds two graduate degrees: a master’s degree in modern Irish history from Boston College, as well as a master’s degree in public affairs from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston. He also graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Mr. Irish is a native and resident of Worcester and a graduate of Saint John’s High School of Shrewsbury.