63. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the Revised Estimate for his Department. (Question 18863/18 asked on 01 May 2018)

The Taoiseach: On 27 March 2018, the Government noted the comprehensive Review of the Operation of the Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) completed by the Secretary General to the Government, and accepted its recommendations.

Following the publication of the Review, I informed the House (and the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Taoiseach) that the 2018 funding allocation for the Unit would be reduced by €2.5 million. Last week, a Further Revised Estimate for my Department was presented to the House to give effect to this decision.

My Department’s 2018 budget allocation has therefore been reduced from €35.891 million to €33.391 million, which is a reduction of 9% on its 2017 Estimate.