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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 28 June 2005

Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Questions (772)

Phil Hogan


774 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Defence the names, titles, dates of appointment, total annual salary including pension contributions of each of the special or political advisers, personal assistants or personal secretaries appointed by him. [22553/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

The information sought by the Deputy is as follows:



Date Appointed

Current Salary

Derek Mooney

Special Advisor to the Minister

17 October 2004


Suzanne Coogan

Press Advisor to the Minister

1 November 2004


Fergal O’Brien

Personal Assistant to the Minister for Defence

30 September 2004


Olive McNamara

Personal Secretary to the Minister for Defence

30 September 2004


Each of the above staff has a standard contract of employment which is drawn up by the Department of Finance. Each of the above staff are members of the non-contributory pension scheme for non-established State employees and of the spouses and children's contributory scheme for non-established State employees. Their contribution rate under the spouse's and children's pension scheme is 1.5% of net remuneration. The number of political appointments made by me to my staff is in line with those made by the Minister for Defence from 1992 to 1997.