Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (281)

Shane Cassells


281. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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 additional appointments. [4876/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I appointed Aisling Dunne and Carol Hunt as my Special Advisers on becoming Minister and reappointed them following the Cabinet reshuffle in June 2017. Their role is to advise me in relation to political and Departmental issues.

Prior to being appointed as my Special Advisers, Ms. Dunne was my Parliamentary Assistant in the Oireachtas and Ms. Hunt was a journalist and columnist. Their salary scale is that of Principal Officer (PPC) which is in line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's guidelines on the staffing of Ministers' Offices. The number of Special Advisers appointed by me is also in line with section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997.