Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (86, 87)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

85 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Finance 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. [35872/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

86 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Finance 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. [35891/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 85 and 86 together.

In my Department, I have appointed Mary Kenny and Eoin Dorgan as special advisers. The salary for both special advisers has been €83,337 per annum since their appointment.

My predecessor, the late Brian Lenihan, TD appointed two special advisers as follows:

Ms Cathy Herbert (appointed in May 2008): Salary €107,485. Ms Herbert was not a member of the civil service pension schemes. Payments not exceeding 11% of her salary were made on her behalf to a pension fund in respect of her superannuation contributions.

Dr. Alan Ahearne (appointed in March 2009): Salary €135,000. Dr. Ahearne was a member of the pension scheme of NUI Galway, from which body he was on secondment to the Department of Finance. Payments not exceeding 11% of the difference between his NUIG salary and the additional amount he received in respect of his position were made on his behalf to a pension fund in respect of superannuation contributions.