Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 73.

Strategic Communications Unit

Question No. 129 answered with Question No. 73.

Question No. 130 answered with Question No. 80.

Ceisteanna (128)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

128. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the rationale of the strategic communications unit targeting groups on specific information following budget 2018. [11989/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

Following on from Budget18, it was decided that the Minister for Finance would visit four locations nationally and present to invited local business groups, organisations and networks. These presentations were held in Limerick and Galway. A further two presentations planned for Cork and Waterford were postponed due to the severe weather caused by Storm Ophelia.

Question No. 129 answered with Question No. 73.
Question No. 130 answered with Question No. 80.

Strategic Communications Unit

Questions Ns. 132 and 133 answered with Question No. 80.

Ceisteanna (131)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

131. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Taoiseach the number of contracts and description of each contract entered into by the strategic communications unit with individual journalists, freelance or otherwise, for providing content or entering partnership agreements or another purpose. [11992/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

No contracts were entered into with individual journalists, freelance or otherwise for providing content or entering partnership agreements or another purpose.

Questions Ns. 132 and 133 answered with Question No. 80.

Departmental Reviews

Questions Nos. 135 and 136 answered with Question No. 73.

Ceisteanna (134)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

134. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach the status of the senior counsel review of the way in which the Department of Justice and Equality dealt with document requests from the disclosures tribunal; if the report has been finalised; and when he plans to publish same. [12006/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

Following consultation with the Attorney General, I appointed Mr. Michael Collins, Senior Counsel, to conduct an independent review of the practices and procedures employed by the Department of Justice and Equality in response to requests for documents from the Disclosures Tribunal. The Terms of Reference for the review were published on my Department's website: (www.taoiseach.gov.ie) on 13 December 2017.

Mr. Collins submitted his report to me on 9 March 2018 and I intend to publish it as soon as possible following the completion of my consultations with the Attorney General on the report.

Questions Nos. 135 and 136 answered with Question No. 73.