Thursday 26 April 2018

Paul Allen: Government spends €400,000 on PR? They should be spending a lot more

The Fine Gael parliamentary party outside Leinster House
The Fine Gael parliamentary party outside Leinster House

GOVERNMENTS departments have spent nearly €400,000 on public relations in the last couple of years, according to figures released this week. But the fact of the matter is they should be spending more.

Saying such a thing in the current climate of swingeing cutbacks is tantamount to treason. Years of austerity have frayed tempers, and the recent debacle over household and water charges have pushed many people beyond breaking point.

Regardless of the arguments for and against such measures, the government has ultimately struggled to clearly communicate its policy. Mixed and unclear messages have constantly been leaking from the coalition government sparking panic, fear and dismay throughout the country.

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