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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 March 2009

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Questions (595, 596)

Arthur Morgan

Question:

629 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of drivers for each individual Minister of State in his Department and their remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11106/09]

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Arthur Morgan

Question:

630 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of drivers he has working for him and their remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11121/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 629 and 630 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, Government Ministers are provided with a State car, which is driven by a member of An Garda Síochána. The cost of this service, including remuneration costs, is a matter for An Garda Síochána.

Mr John Curran, T.D., Minister of State at my Department, has two civilian drivers, whose salary is €667.43 per person per week. The Deputy will also be aware that Mr Conor Lenihan, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Integration, has been assigned to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Department of Education and Science and to my Department. The staffing of his office is a matter for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

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