Vistacon is a leading, independent communications and consulting firm in Galway.
People come to us for many reasons. Some have a great product or service and want the world to know. Others would like a word with a politician or public servant but may be unsure how best to put their case. Some arrive in a panic, their business engulfed or threatened by a crisis. Others want a letter, paper or speech. Others want a clear-eyed solution to a business problem.
Vistacon is owned by Kealan Flynn and traded previously as Cicero Communications. Kealan has 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, an MBA in corporate strategy and change management, an MA in the politics of hospital location, and a Diploma in Public Relations.
He was a Special Adviser to a Minister in the Irish Government between 1990 and 1994.
At the Insurance Institute of Ireland, he led on a new, gold-standard, qualification that would later become the QFA and is now a mandatory qualification for selling life and pensions policies.
At Dillon Consultants, he specialised in Corporate PR, media relations and public affairs for big pharma firms like AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and Wyeth Nutritionals.
At HSE Western Health Board, he crafted an acute hospitals strategy for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. For HSE Health Boards Executive, he developed a national orthodontic services strategy. As HSE Director of e-Government, he executed a €7m change management delivering:
- European Health Insurance Card for urgent medical care abroad.
- e-Messaging for blood results and x-ray reports from hospitals to GPs.
- Central Client Index for logging and tracking user eligibility for primary care.
- e-Payments for pharmacies in the medical card and related schemes.
- e-Learning for health service staff.
Kealan lectures in lectures in health policy and political reform at NUI Galway and is a regular media contributor to political and policy discussions. As a Spokesman for Democracy Matters, he was one of a small number of people in the political group that did more than most to defeat the Kenny Government when it ran a referendum to abolish Seanad Éireann in 2013.
Kealan is also a member of the inter-regional business group led from American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, which contributed the policies on balanced national development, Atlantic Economic Corridor, and TEN-T / Western Arc in the Programme for Government (2016).
As an Evaluator for the Expenditure Review / Value for Money initiatives, he has participated in public spending reviews for the Oireachtas and Departments of Agriculture and Education.