Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (336)

Fiona O'Loughlin


336. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the political advisers used by Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since the commencement of this Government; the commencement and cessation dates in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47967/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Two special advisers are currently used by my Department.  There has been one change of adviser during my time as Minister and details are set out in the following table.  These advisers work across a wide range of areas within the remit of my Department including Housing, Planning, Local Government, Water Services and Electoral Reform as well as liaising with the media and other Government Departments and advisers. 

No advisers have been appointed by the Ministers of State in my Department.

The name and start date of each adviser are set out in the table.


Start date

 Cessation Date

 Jack O'Donnell

14 June 2017  


 Jennifer Carroll Mac Neill

6 November 2017

 2 February 2019

 Paul Melia

 7 February 2019


My immediate predecessor as Minister in this Government appointed two advisers, as reflected in the following table.


Start Date

Cessation Date 

Catriona Fitzpatrick

7 May 2016

14 June 2017

Bob Jordan

5 July 2016

14 June 2017