Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (58)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

61 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the staffing levels of the private offices and constituency offices of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each; the same figures for this time in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23171/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Skills)

At a Government meeting held on the 15th March, 2011, it was decided to reduce the number of staff permitted in Minister's Private Offices from 10 to 8 and Minister of State's Private Offices from 7 to 5. The number of staff permitted in Minister's Constituency Offices was reduced from 6 to 4 and Ministers of State's Constituency Offices from 5 to 3. The staffing of these offices at my Department is in accordance with the new guidelines.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

Minister — Private and Constituency Offices

May 2011

Number of Staff (*FTE)

+Gross Annual Salary Cost

Private Office

8

€434,060

Constituency Office

4

€193,881

May 2012

Number of Staff

Gross Annual Salary Cost

Private Office

8

€438,983

Constituency Office

4

€195,097

Minister of State Ciarán Cannon, T.D. — Private and Constituency Offices

May 2011

Number of Staff

Gross Annual Salary Cost

Private Office

5

€213,548

Constituency Office

*2.8

€120,613

May 2012

Number of Staff

Gross Annual Salary Cost

Private Office

4

€177,875

Constituency Office

3

€126,037

Private Secretary appointed on 7th June, 2011, to Mr Seán Sherlock, T.D., Minister of State for Research and Innovation in the Department of Education and Skills

Gross Annual Salary Cost

May 2012

€58,273

*Full time equivalent.

+The salaries paid to the civil servants are in accordance with the Department of Finance salary scales for the relevant grades. The salaries paid to the non-civil servant staff are in accordance with the Department of Finance Instructions relating to the Appointment of Ministerial Private Office Staff.