Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (212, 213)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

215 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 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. [35868/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

216 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 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. [35887/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 215 and 216 together.

There are two Special Advisers employed in my Department. Both were appointed by the Government on my behalf. My predecessor who was assigned to the Department in June 2007 also employed two Special Advisers. One Special Adviser was appointed to various Ministers of State who served in my Department from June 2007 to March 2011.