Denise Mitchell TD hits out at Taoiseach’s ‘Republic of Photo Opportunities'
Sinn Féin's Denise Mitchell TD has hit out at the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit, describing it as “little more than Fine Gael propaganda department”.
Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell said:
“The Taoiseach promised the Strategic Communications Unit would not be involved in promoting political parties or in producing political adverts. That was clearly fake news.
“It appears his pledge to create a ‘Republic of Opportunity’ was more about creating a Republic of Photo opportunities for himself and his party’s candidates.”
Hitting out at paid-for advertorials in newspaper which were designed to look like regular copy, Deputy Mitchell said:
“It was a blatant attempt to associate certain Fine Gael candidates with the announcement of new infrastructure or new public transport services.
"It was parish-pump politics at is worst. Not only that, it was a sly and underhanded approach aimed at deceiving the general public.
“It is time for the Taoiseach’s personal spin unit to be closed down. Public money should not be spent on publicising Fine Gael and their candidates.
"The use of this money should be scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee as soon as possible.”