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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 8 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Questions (67, 68)

David Cullinane

Question:

67. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff employed by her and each Minister of State, including parliamentary assistants, secretarial assistants, special advisers, press secretaries and other positions, in tabular form; the pay rate for each assistant and the total cost; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39557/16]

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David Cullinane

Question:

68. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if any staff employed in the public service and Civil Service are seconded to work with her or any Minister of State in their constituencies; and the number of same and cost to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39572/16]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 68 together.

Under the arrangements for Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil, the employment of Parliamentary, Personal and Secretarial Assistants falls under the responsibility of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

I employ one Personal Secretary, one Parliamentary Assistant and one Secretarial Assistant.

I have three Special Advisors to support me in my role as Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality. Information in relation to all

of my of my Special Advisors is set out in the table.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality

Post

Name

Salary Scale

Special Advisor

Marion Mannion

Principal Officer Higher Scale

€93,297

Special Advisor

Stephen O'Shea

Principal Officer Scale

€79,401

Special Advisor

Matthew Lynch

Principal Officer Scale

€79,401

In terms of Ministers of State within the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton T.D. is Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration. Minister Stanton has two civilian drivers who are paid a weekly wage of €665. In addition, and in line with the arrangements for Ministerial Appointments, one Parliamentary Assistant, one Secretarial Assistant and two part time Temporary Vouched employees work in his Constituency Office.

Dara Murphy T.D. is the Minister of State for Data Protection at the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of the Taoiseach. He is also Minister of State for European Affairs and the EU Digital Single Market at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the appointment of staff in respect of Minister of State Murphy.

Finian McGrath T.D. is Minister of State attending Government and Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice & Equality and Health with special responsibility for Disabilities. The Department of Health is responsible for the appointment of staff in respect of Minister of State McGrath.

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