Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 1 - President's Establishment
Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach

9:00 am

Photo of Bobby AylwardBobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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On Vote 2, I wish to hone in on the cost of the Government Information Service, GIS. The strategic communications unit, SCU, was established by the Taoiseach's office and the Government and in existence for a certain period before it was disbanded. How much did it cost to establish it? How many personnel were involved? Does Mr. Fraser know why it was disbanded? The Taoiseach reverted to using the existing communications units. The SCU was the subject of much public discussion. The public should be given an explanation as to why it was established and abandoned.