Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (44, 46)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

44. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Taoiseach the political advisers used by Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since the commencement of this Government; and the commencement and cessation dates in each case. [47971/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

46. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Taoiseach the duties and responsibilities of the political staff appointed by him. [48048/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 46 together.

Details of the advisers employed by my Department since I took up office on 14 June 2017 are as follows:

Name

Role

Start Date

End Date

Salary Scale

Brian Murphy 

Chief of Staff

14 June 2017

n/a

Deputy Secretary

John Carroll

Head of Policy and Programme Implementation 

05 July 2017

n/a

Assistant Secretary

Patrick Geoghegan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach 

14 June 2017

n/a

Assistant Secretary (equivalent)

Angela Flanagan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach 

14 June 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

Philip O'Callaghan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

14 June 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

Clare Mungovan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

08 Jan 2018

n/a

Principal Officer

Jim D'Arcy

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

04 Sept 2017

n/a

Assistant Principal (Higher)

Nick Miller

Spokesman and Communications Adviser to the Taoiseach

14 June 2017

31 Oct 2017

Assistant Secretary

Feargal Purcell

Government Press Secretary

14 June 2017

31 Oct 2017

Assistant Secretary

Nick Miller 

Government Press Secretary

01 Nov 2017

n/a

Assistant Secretary

Sarah Meade 

Assistant Government Press Secretary

31 July 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

Catherine Halloran

Deputy Government Press Secretary

14 June 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

Name

Role

Start Date

End Date

Salary Scale

Mark O'Doherty

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

14 June 2017

16 October 2018

Principal Officer

Greg Harkin

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

14 June 2017

14 Feb 2018

Principal Officer

Ed Carty

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

12 March 2018

16 October 2018

Principal Officer

Peter Feeney

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

16 October 2018

n/a

Principal Officer

Peter Harper

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

16 October 2018

n/a

Principal Officer

Name

Role

Start Date

End Date

Salary Scale

Tony Williams 

Chief Strategist for the Independent Alliance 

14 June 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

Donal Geoghegan

Political Coordinator for Independent Ministers 

14 June 2017

n/a

Principal Officer

The Special Advisers working in my office provide briefings and advice on a wide range of policy matters, as well as performing other functions as I may direct from time to time. They also liaise with other Special Advisers in each Government Department so that I am informed on developments across Government.

The Government Press Secretary acts as a spokesperson for me, as Taoiseach, and the Government and is assisted by the Assistant Government Press Secretary in coordinating the media relations of all Government Departments.

The Deputy Government Press Secretary - who is also based in my Department - coordinates communications for all the Independents in Government.

Special Advisers working with Minister of State Helen McEntee and Minister of State Paul Kehoe are employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Defence respectively.