Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (170)

Pearse Doherty


170. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisors in his Department over the last two years. [18308/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

There are two Special Advisers, Mr Finbarr O’Malley and Mr Simon Nugent, employed in my Department. Both were appointed by the Government, on my behalf, with effect from 28 March 2011 and 11 April 2011, respectively.

Sanction was granted by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to appoint Mr O’Malley at a salary rate of €83,337 per annum and Mr Nugent at a salary rate of €97,200 per annum. Mr O’Malley was awarded an annual increment on the Principal Officer Standard pay scale on 28 March 2012 and 28 March 2013, a total increase of €6,561. This is in line with the terms of his appointment. Mr Nugent’s salary has not increased as it is not linked to a pay scale and the awarding of increments does not apply in his case.