Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (181)

Michael McGrath

Question:

181. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the name of each person employed as an adviser or special adviser to him and the Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34851/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I wish to inform the Deputy that Ministerial appointments in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are made in line with “Instructions to Personnel Officers - Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil”, which include “Guidelines on staffing of Ministerial offices” issued by my Department.

The details requested by the Deputy on Special Advisers in my Department are shown in the following table.

   Special Adviser  

  Salary  

   Deborah Sweeney

   €101,114

  The cost of this post is shared equally with the Department of Finance.     

  Niamh Callaghan

  €90,920

Special Advisers are appointed under Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997. 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.