John Concannon

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 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(...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

John Concannon is the director of the Strategic Communications Unit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he did not appoint the head of the Government’s new Strategic Communications Unit but he did approach and ask him(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the establishment of a new public relations unit within his department, saying it has cost nothing to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the establishment of a new public relations unit within his department, saying it has cost nothing to date. The S(...)

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