Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (28)

Mary Lou McDonald


27 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide, in a tabular form, the public sector posts, including in commercial State companies and Government advisers for whom he has approved a breach of pay cap. [32378/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

Last June, I introduced a general pay cap of €250,000 per annum for Chief Executive Officers of Commercial State Companies. At the time I acknowledged that the CEO of the ESB would be paid a higher amount given the importance of the role and I sanctioned €318,083 per annum for this post. Since then a candidate has been appointed who has accepted a salary of €295,000 per annum. This represents a reduction of 43% in the maximum of the scale that applied to the previous incumbent of the post.

The table sets out the position where advisers are being paid above the Principal Officer scale.

List of Special Advisers — June 2012 — Sanction above PO


Minister/ Minister of State

Name of Adviser

Sanctioned Pay Rate

Relevent Payscale

Agriculture Fisheries and Food

Minister Coveney

Ross MacMathuna


Approved Rate

Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Minister Rabbitte

Simon Nugent


Approved Rate

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Minister Bruton

Ciaran Conlon


Approved Rate

Public Expenditure and Reform

Rónán O'Brien


Approved Rate

Social Protection

Minister Burton

Ed Brophy


Ass Sec

Transport, Tourism and Sport

Minister Varadkar

Brian Murphy