Varadkar aide warned PR unit could be seen as ‘vanity project’

Secret memo says Strategic Communications Unit’s effectiveness dependent on ‘regular access to senior government decision-makers’; data obtained by this newspaper reveal €180m spend on government communications

4th March, 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended Naughten in the Dáil claiming that the information the minister gave to the PR executive was not confidential. Pic: Rolling News

The Taoiseach’s top adviser warned last year that the overhaul of government communications could be seen as a “vanity project”, according to confidential emails obtained by The Sunday Business Post.

The emails were only released after Leo Varadkar’s department was compelled to do so by the Information Commissioner.

They reveal discussions at the highest levels of government last year about the establishment of the controversial Strategic Communications Unit (SCU),...

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