Thursday, 21 June 2018

Questions (67)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

67. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Finance the name, responsibilities and salaries of all advisers appointed by him since July 2017, in tabular form. [27197/18]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I wish to inform the Deputy that there are currently four Special Advisers employed in the Department of Finance/Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. Two of these advisers are on the Department of Finance payroll. Three Special Advisers report to me and one Special Adviser reports to Minister of State Michael D'Arcy.

The names and salaries of all advisors appointed by me since July, 2017 are shown in tabular form.

Minister Donohoe

 Name

 Salary

 Ms Deborah Sweeney

 4th point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC scale

 Mr Ed Brophy

 5th point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC scale

 Ms Niamh Callaghan

 1st point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC scale

 Mr Stephen Lynam *

 3rd point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC scale

*Mr Stephen Lynam resigned in March 2018.

Minister of State D'Arcy

 Name

 Salary

 Mr Barry Harrington

 5th point Assistant Principal (Higher) PPC scale

 All appointments were made in line with “Instructions to Personnel Officers - Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil” which include “Guidelines on staffing of Ministerial offices” issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Special Advisers are appointed under Section 11 of the Public Service Regulations Act 1997 (2) A Special Adviser to a Minister or to a Minister of State, as in the case may be, shall

(a)   assist the Minister or Minister of State, as the case may be, by –

(i)    providing advice,

(ii)   Monitoring, facilitating and securing the achievement of the Government objectives that relate to the Department, as requested by the Minister or the Minister of State, as the case may be, and

(iii)  Performing such other functions as may be directed by the Minister or the Minister of State, as the case may be that are not otherwise provided for in this Act and do not involve the exercise of any specific powers conferred on the Minister or the Minister of State as the case may be or any other office holder by or under any other Act.

The appointments of Advisers are kept under review given the breath of my responsibilities across two Departments.