Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (121)

Shane Cassells


121. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach the names of advisers he has appointed to his office since becoming Taoiseach; the responsibilities of each; the previous employment of each; the salaries of each; and if he plans to make further additional appointments. [4875/18]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

There are seven Special Advisers employed in my office. They are detailed in the following table:



Salary Level

Previous Employment

Brian Murphy

Chief of Staff

Deputy Secretary

Special Adviser [Minister for Social Protection]

John Carroll

Head of Policy and Programme Implementation

Assistant Secretary

Chief Executive Officer, Public Relations Institute of Ireland

Patrick Geoghegan

Special Adviser (on secondment)

Assistant Secretary

Professor in Modern History, Trinity College Dublin

Angela Flanagan

Special Adviser

Principal Officer

Special Adviser [Taoiseach]

Philip O'Callaghan

Special Adviser

Principal Officer

Policy & Parliamentary Adviser [Minister for Social Protection]

Clare Mungovan

Special Adviser

Principal Officer

Special Adviser [Minister of State for Defence]

Jim D'Arcy

Special Adviser

Assistant Principal Officer (Higher)


The Special Advisers working in my office provide briefings and advice on a wide range of policy matters, as well as performing other functions as I may direct from time to time. They also liaise with other Special Advisers in each Government Department so that I remain informed on developments across Government. I keep the resourcing of my advisory team under ongoing review.