John Concannon

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John Concannon: will retain the assistant secretary pay grade of between €122,313 and €139,728  for his new appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Concannon, who ran the soon-to-be-disbanded strategic communications unit, is taking up a new role as head of a Government project aimed at expan(...)

John Concannon, head of the strategic communications unit, told the media agency organising the advertorials they should read “in partnership with Ireland 2040, an initiative of the Government of Ireland”, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information  Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

The head of the Government’s strategic communications unit (SCU), insisted paid-for content on the Ireland 2040 national development plan in newspaper(...)

In his report on the controversial Strategic Communications Unit, the secretary general to the Government, Martin Fraser, concludes that it has lost the confidence of the opposition and has becomine a distraction, and on that basis should be wound down.

For democracy to work, governments must have ways of communicating to citizens how their money is being spent and what decisions are being taken in th(...)

 Sinn Féin’s   Pearse Doherty. “The SCU has been tarnished, and there has been political interference.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government review of its Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) is likely to reject claims it politicised the publicity campaign for Project 2040, bu(...)

A screen shot from Government video promoting Ireland.

As for gifts, it’ll probably be the usual assortment of linen and books and a little something in silver. Or maybe Leo might surprise Donald with a b(...)

“Leo Varadkar comes from a generation that places an enormous premium on being connected and being in touch, that is locked in the feedback loop of approval.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

John Concannon, head of the Government’s now notorious Strategic Communications Unit (SCU), is not Josef Goebbels. The SCU is not, as one might think (...)

Project Ireland 2040: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launched the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sipo, the State’s ethics watchdog, has been asked to investigate if the Government’s publicity campaign to promote Project Ireland 2040 has broken rul(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under fire over the new strategic communications unit. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Government’s strategic communications unit has spent more than €182,000 since its creation last year. The figures released to Fianna Fáil TD Dara(...)

IAPI chief executive Tania Banotti is leaving the advertising body to run Creative Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tania Banotti has been appointed director of Creative Ireland, the government initiative to “place creativity at the centre of public policy”. Ms Ban(...)

Stepping out: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ Radio Centre after his appearance on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

At least Leo got a break on Wednesday: a nice few hours of downtime in the Dáil doing the bread and butter stuff such as answering questions and needl(...)

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