Government confirms that the highly controversial and costly Strategic Communications Unit will be disbanded this summer – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
September 18, 2018

Government confirms that the highly controversial and costly Strategic Communications Unit will be disbanded this summer

The highly controversial Strategic Communications Unit is to be officially disbanded by by the shed of July, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed.

In announcement made on Tuesday Mr Varadkar said the decision to end the costly unit was made following a review by the Department of Taoiseach Secretary General Martin Fraser.

The highly criticised unit which employs in the region of 15 people will officially closed down after a number of opposition parties and TD’s claimed the unit which cost €5m to run, was nothing more than an advertising platform that further promoted the Fine Gael party.

It is thought the Taoiseach along with his Government colleagues decided to end it’s operation as the publicity surrounding it’s practice was becoming more and more distracting.

The decision to close the Unit comes less than a week after opposition TD’s overwhelmingly voted in favour of Sinn Fein’s motion calling for the unit to be scrapped.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Varadkar those working in the unit will be transferred to other departments within the Government.  

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