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Disbandment of SCU ‘welcome and should happen without delay’ – Doherty

27 March, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin deputy Dáil Leader Pearse Doherty TD has said that “the announcement at Cabinet today that the Strategic Communications Unit is to be wound down by July is a vindication of Sinn Féin’s position on the SCU and on the party’s decision to bring forward a PMB calling for its disbandment last week”.

The Donegal TD said that the €5 million spin machine was a shameful, callous, and deceitful propaganda project.

Teachta Doherty said:

“The SCU was an exercise in vanity writ large. From the initial falsehood that the Unit would be cost neutral and its eventual budget of €5 million to the controversy surrounding the Ireland 2040 campaign and the exploitation of the media, the SCU has been beset by questions, both moral and ethical.

“We in Sinn Féin felt that there was no option but to table a Dáil motion calling for the disbandment of the spin unit. It was a measure of just how egregious this devotion to propaganda was that almost the entire opposition backed the measure.

“I am also glad to see that an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rowed back on his bold statement that he would disregard any measure calling for the removal of his pet project. No Taoiseach or Government is above the stated democratic will of the Dáil.

“However, this does not diminish my belief that an Taoiseach should appear before the PAC and answer the many outstanding questions surrounding the SCU.” 

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