Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (388, 389)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

392 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of the number of political advisers employed by him or his Department [35879/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

393 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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. [35898/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 392 and 393 together.

Two political advisers or Special Advisers are employed in my Department.

The number of such advisers employed during each year of my predecessor's term of office is as follows:

2007: 3

2008: 3

2009: 3

2010: 3

2011 (to March): 3

It should be noted that for 2010 and 2011, these figures include a Special Adviser to a Minister of State.

It should also be noted that for a period in 2009-2010, one of the advisers was on maternity leave and a temporary replacement, not counted separately above, was appointed.