Taoiseach under pressure to disband controversial SCU after Sinn Fein’s motion is overwhelmingly passed in the Dail – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
December 13, 2018

Taoiseach under pressure to disband controversial SCU after Sinn Fein’s motion is overwhelmingly passed in the Dail

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under more pressure this morning after the Dail unanimously voted in favour for the scrapping of the highly controversial Strategic Communications Unit.

Although Mr Varadkar who has refused to clarify his stance when it comes to disbanding the €5m unit, it is believed many opposition TD’s within the Dail will call for its closure after Sinn Fein’s motion was passed by 89 votes to 45.

The unit which currently employs 15 people was placed under scrutiny earlier this year after a number of opposition TD’s questioned it’s purpose and it’s operational costs.

In recent months the Government have been urged to clarify the future of the unit after it was criticised for further promoting the Fine Gael party through what has been described as a slick advertising campaign.

The barrage of criticism surrounding the unit which the Taoiseach and Fine Gael have since defended, came after the unit were tasked to promote the much publicised Project Ireland 2040 plan via regional newspapers.

Although the Government have slammed the accusations surrounding the unit, many opposition parties including Sinn Fein have called for its immediate disbandment.

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