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Varadkar’s PR unit set to be scaled back but not disbanded

After calls for it to be closed, the Strategic Communications Unit will now have a reduced budget and less autonomy

11th March, 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said opposition was using controversy to ‘throw mud’ at him hoping it would stick Picture: PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s controversial Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) will not be shut down but instead scaled back with a smaller budget and fewer responsibilities, The Sunday Business Post has learned.

It comes as emails show how the head of the SCU John Concannon suggested using Fine Gael’s ‘Republic of Opportunity’ slogan to build a charter that could inform government decision-making.

The unit has been mired in political controversy amid...

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