Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (188)

Shane Cassells


188. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the names of advisers he has appointed to his office since becoming Minister; the responsibilities of each; the previous employment of each; the salaries of each; and if he plans to make further appointments. [4872/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As set out in the response to PQ 529 of 7 November 2017, Ms Sarah Kavanagh and Mr Tom Fabozzi are employed as special advisers in my Department. In terms of previous employment, most recently, Ms Kavanagh and Mr Fabozzi held positions as my special advisers in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Kavanagh was my special adviser in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Both are remunerated on the Principal Officer standard pay scale (PPC) in line with guidelines on the appointment of Ministerial advisers.

Ms Kavanagh serves as a political and policy advisor and Mr Fabozzi serves as a communications advisor.  

Reflecting the scale, diversity and range of responsibilities of my Department, it is my intention to appoint an additional Special Advisor in the near future.