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€1.5m spend on promotion of Project Ireland 2040 an 'abuse of taxpayers money' - Eoin Ó Broin TD

28 February, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Housing, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has criticised the government budget of €1.5m for the media promotion of Project Ireland 2040, labelling the spend a “staggering abuse of taxpayers money”. 

New information revealed that the Project Ireland 2040 launch cost €45,000 and 26 staff were working on the publicity campaign.

Deputy Ó Broin was commenting on the information received last night in response to parliamentary questions submitted by him.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said

“The PQ response last night confirmed that the government has budgeted €1.5m to promote the Project Ireland 2040 plan.

“This is an unacceptable abuse of taxpayers money given that many elements of the development plan and the capital projects were announced before.

“This money is not being spent promoting an important public policy initiative.  I would not have any problem with the government spending money on promoting real public policy initiatives such as road traffic safety and Breastcheck.

“This is in effect a general election manifesto and Fine Gael electioneering. An expensive, €45,000 election campaign launch that is extremely well staffed.

“It is not 'comprehensive citizen awareness programme' as the Taoiseach describes it.  

"It is taxpayers money being spent to promote the Fine Gael political party in every local newspaper in every town across the state.

“This behaviour typifies exactly where this government’s spending priorities lie and it is unacceptable.”

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