Mr Wally Young is a public relations consultant and media trainer who provides a mix of public relations consultancy, advocacy and media interview training to a select range of clients. He specialises in crisis media planning and execution. He is the former head of Media Relations for the Defence Forces retiring in 1996 to establish Young Communications.
Mr Young was engaged as communications adviser to the anti-tobacco organisation ASH Ireland for 20 years up to 2017, after which he was appointed to the board. He advised both ASH Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation in the lead up to and introduction of the Workplace Smoking Ban in 2004.
Mr Young was engaged as a media adviser (part time) to both President Michael D Higgins and President Mary McAleese, over an eleven year period. He advised President McAleese, in her 1997 election campaign and President Higgins in his recent re-election campaign.