Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (106, 107)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

106. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisors in his Department over the last two years. [18310/13]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

107. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in a tabular format a list of all his special advisors pay and that of his Minister of State, to include each salary, name of employee above principal officer standard scale salary rate; and if he will supply the total pay bill for all his special advisors for 2012 [18324/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.

The table that follows this reply gives details of the Special Advisers employed at my Department and their respective salaries, which have remained constant since the date of their appointment. The total salary cost for Special Advisers in 2012 was approximately €198,548, including the employer's P.R.S.I. contribution. While there are ministerial staff at my office and the Minister of State's office at the grades of Personel Secretary and Personal Assistant, none of their salaries exceeds the Principal Officer salary scale.

Appointee

Position

Current Salary

John Walshe

Special Adviser

€92,672

Deirdre Grant

Special Adviser

€86,604