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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 31 May 2011

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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Billy Kelleher


134 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the names of the special advisers appointed to his office since 9 March 2011; their specific role and the level of salary they will be earning. [13386/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Skills)

Since I have taken office I have appointed 2 special advisers as follows:

Mr. John Walshe — Salary €92,672 per annum.

Mr. Walshe has extensive experience of the education sector and he will assist me in formulating future educational policy.

Ms. Deirdre Grant

Ms. Grant has been appointed as Director of Communications. She formerly worked in media relations. She will assist me in promoting educational policy, monitoring the media coverage of educational issues and utilising media to inform the general public of developments in education and broader skills area. She will be responsible for Department press and media relations. Ms. Grant's salary has yet to be finalised. When this matter has been concluded I will inform the Deputy accordingly.