Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (164, 165)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

164. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisors in his Department over the last two years. [18306/13]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

165. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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 [18320/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together.

As I have previously advised the House, I appointed Mr. James Kenny and Mr. Damien Garvey as my special advisors with effect from 7th June 2011 and 2nd April 2012 respectively. Both were appointed at the first point of the Principal Officer scale and are currently on the second point of that scale. No pay increases have been sought or awarded in either case. Details of current salaries and total pay for 2012 are set out as follows:

Name of special adviser

Current Salary

Pay in 2012

James Kenny*

€41,502

€38,462

Damien Garvey

€83,337

€57,639

Total

€124,839

€96,101

*As Mr. Kenny is in receipt of a public service pension, his salary has been abated to €41,502 per annum.