Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (203, 204)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

206 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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. [35866/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

207 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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. [35885/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 and 207 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department was established on 2 June 2011. Two special advisers are currently appointed to my office, one with effect from 7 June 2011 and the other from 2 April 2012. No special advisers have been appointed in the case of the Minister of State at my Department.