Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Questions (118)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

122 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the staffing levels of the private offices and constituency offices of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each; the same figures for this time in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23172/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

Staffing of my private and constituency offices and that of my colleague, Ms. Jan O'Sullivan, T.D., Minister of State, is in accordance with the agreed reduced staffing numbers set out in the Instructions on Ministerial Appointments for the 31st Dáil and the Guidelines on Staffing of Ministerial Offices of March 2011.

During the period in question, former Minister of State Penrose held office from 10 March 2011 to 16 November 2011 and subsequently Minister of State O'Sullivan took up office on 20 December 2011. Minister of State O'Dowd has no staff assigned to his office in my Department.

The current staffing of my private and constituency offices and the levels of staffing for the same period in 2011 (May 2011) are set out in the following table:

Office

Grade

Staffing Levels (May 2012)

Staffing Levels (May 2011)

Salary Scale

Private

Special Adviser

2

1

€80,051-€92,672

Private Secretary

1

1

€46,426-€57,251+ appropriate Private Secretary Allowance

Executive Officer

1

1

€29,024-€47,379

Executive Officer

2

1

€30,516-€47,975

Executive Officer

0

0.5

€29,024-€45,616

Clerical Officer

0

0.5

€22,015-€35,515

Clerical Officer

2

2

€23,042-€36,267

Constituency

Personal Secretary

1

1

€51,365 (Personal Point)

Personal Assistant

1

1

€43,715-€56,060

Executive Officer

1

1

€30,516-€47,975

Clerical Officer

1

0

€22,015-€35,515

The current staffing of Minister of State O'Sullivan's private and constituency offices and staffing for the same period in 2011, under former Minister of State Penrose, are set out in the following table:

Office

Grade

Staffing Levels (May 2012)

Staffing Levels (May 2011)

Salary Scale

Private

Special Adviser*

1

1

€80,051-€92,672

Private Secretary

1

1

€43,816-€55,415+ appropriate Private Secretary Allowance

Executive Officer

1

2

€30,516-€47,975

Clerical Officer

1

1

€23,177-€37,341

Constituency

Personal Assistant

1

1

€43,715-€56,060

Personal Secretary

1

1

€23,820-€47,755

Clerical Officer

1

1

€23,042-€36,267

*Minister O'Sullivan, who regularly attends Cabinet meetings, is currently arranging for the appointment of a second special adviser in accordance with the Instructions on Ministerial Appointments for the 31st Dáil.