Jack O’Donnell returns to Fine Gael to join Simon Harris’ advisory team

Mayo-native, who previously served as assistant government press secretary, currently works with Pippa Hackett of the Green Party

Simon Harris: Appointment comes as the taoiseach incumbent has moved to beef up his inner circle. Picture: Julien Behal

Simon Harris has bolstered his advisory team once more, with an ex-Fine Gael staffer returning from a stint with a junior Green minister.

Jack O’Donnell, a special adviser to Pippa Hackett, the Green Party minister of state in the Department of Agriculture, previously served as an adviser to a slew of senior Fine Gael ministers.

The Co Mayo native became a special assistant to the Department of the Taoiseach under Enda Kenny in 2014, focusing ...