Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Questions (722)

Alan Kelly

Question:

722. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pay and allowances paid to all senior and junior Ministers (details supplied). [41224/16]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy in relation to current salaries and allowances:

Officeholder Position

TD's Salary

Officeholder Allowance

Total

Taoiseach

€87,258

€98,092

€185,350

Tánaiste

€87,258

€84,051

€171,309

Minister

€87,258

€70,282

€157,540

Minister of State

€87,258

€34,381

€121,639

Minister of State attending Cabinet

€87,258

€34,381

+ €15,829

€137,468

Whether or not a person serves as a Minister has no bearing on the funding provided to Parties and to Independent Members under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance. The Allowance (formerly known as the Party Leader's Allowance) is payable to the parliamentary leader of a qualifying party based on the number of party members elected to Dáil Éireann and the number of members elected/nominated to Seanad Éireann at the last preceding general election or a subsequent bye-election or, in the case of Seanad Éireann, nominated to it after the last preceding general election. The allowance is also payable to members of Dáil or Seanad Éireann who are elected other than as a member of a qualifying party - i.e. Independent members.

Similarly, whether or not persons serve in a Ministerial position has no bearing on the funding provided to qualifying Parties under the Electoral Acts, which are the responsibility of the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.