Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (127, 128)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

126 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide details of the number of political advisers employed by him or his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35877/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

127 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform 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. [35896/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 126 and 127 together.

I do not have political advisers in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. However, I have appointed two special advisers in my Department.

The Department formally came in to existence on 6 July 2011 and the question of predecessors does not apply.