Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (180, 181)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

181 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of the number of political advisers employed by her or her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35878/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

183 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of the number of political advisers employed by her predecessors in each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35897/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 181 and 183 together.

Since my appointment as Minister for Social Protection I have appointed one special advisor, Mr. Edward Brophy, and one press advisor, Ms Kathleen Barrington.

Details of the advisers appointed by my predecessors in the past five years are shown in the following table.

Minister

Period in office

Special Adviser

Press Adviser

Martin Cullen

14/06/2007-07/05/2008

None

Michelle Hoctor

Mary Hanafin

08/05/2008-23/03/2010

Averil Power

Geraldine Butler

Eamon Ó’ Cuiv

24/03/2010-08/03/2011

Padraic Ó’ hUiginn

Michelle Hoctor