There are two special advisers employed in my Department. Both advisors are remunerated on the Principal Officer standard scale (PPC).
- Ms Sarah Kavanagh, whose salary is €101,114.00, i.e. the fifth point of the Principal Officer Scale
- Ms Caroline Murphy, whose salary is €98,082.00, i.e. the fourth point of the Principal Officer scale
Ms Kavanagh holds a BA degree in History and Politics, an MA degree in Politics, an MA degree in Political Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and a Barrister at Law Degree. Ms. Kavanagh worked in the Houses of the Oireachtas as a Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Policy Officer for nine years and as a Special Advisor in three Government Departments over the last five years.
Ms. Murphy has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of communications and media and is qualified as an Organisational Psychologist.