8. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has been consulted or if he has been involved in the rollout of the new communication strategy across government; if the Office of Government Procurement has been involved with the procurement of outside communication services; the amount spent on outside communication services through the Office of Government Procurement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47261/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Government Communications)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Communications and the communications strategy of the Government is a topic of much interest at the moment. The Minister made an allocation to the Department of the Taoiseach during the budget process which we understand will be used to reform communications within Government. The previous Government made significant investment in film production and that ethos seems to have extended into the Taoiseach’s office in recent weeks as there are more videos from within Governme...