Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (118)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

117 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the number of political advisers employed by his predecessors in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35889/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The following is a list of special advisers that served during the tenure of the last three Ministers at this Department. As allowed for under the staffing guidelines for Ministerial Offices Ms. Coughlan had three special advisers as in addition to her ministerial portfolio she held the office of Tánaiste:

Mary Coughlan, T.D.An Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Science23rd March 2010 to 9th March 2011

Appointees Michael Shovlin,Special Adviser Dermot Murphy,Special Adviser Sean Perry, Press Adviser

Batt O'Keeffe, T.D.Minister for Education and Science7th May 2008 to 23rd March 2010

Appointees Deirdre McDonnell, Special AdviserBernard Mallee, Special Adviser

Mary Hanafin, T.D.,Minister for Education and Science29th September 2004 to 7th May 2008

Averil Power, Special Adviser,Geraldine Butler, Press Officer