Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (155, 156)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

155. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in her Department over the last two years. [18317/13]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

156. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide in a tabular format a list of all her special advisers' pay and that of her Minister of State, to include each salary, name of employee above principal officer standard and scale salary rate; and if she will supply the total pay bill for all her special advisers for 2012 [18331/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 155 and 156 together.

The names and salaries of the Special Advisors I have appointed in the Department of Social Protection are shown in the table.

Title

Name

Annual Salary

Press Advisor

Kathleen  Barrington

 €86,604 - €89,898

Press Advisor

Paul O’Brien

€80,051

Special Advisor

Edward Brophy

€127,796

Ms. Barrington was appointed in July 2011 on a salary of €80,051 per annum which was subsequently increased on a retrospective basis, to €86,604 (3rd point of the Principal Officer standard scale) on foot of a sanction from The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform. In July 2012, she progressed to the next point on the pay scale. Ms. Barrington resigned in October 2012 and was replaced in December 2012 by Mr. O’Brien.

As Mr. Brophy was previously employed in the private sector on a salary package that was more than twice the highest point of the Principal Officer (standard) scale, I sought sanction from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for remuneration in excess of the applicable pay scale grade. A single point salary of €127,796 was sanctioned by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform effective from 29 July 2011. This represents a reduction of over one third in Mr. Brophy’s previous salary in the private sector. The total amount of salary paid in respect of my Special Advisors in 2012 amounted to €205,871. There is no Minister of State assigned to my Department.

By way of information I am attaching tables to show the salaries of the Special Advisors appointed by my predecessors during the period from 2008 to 2011. All salaries are on the appropriate standard payscales. Increases in September 2008 and reductions in January 2010 are as a result of the introduction of revised pay scales for all civil service grades. Any other increases in the tables below relate to the awarding of increments/review of allowance.

Minister Ó Cuív March 2010 to March 2011

Post

Name

2010

2011

Special Advisor

Padraig O’hUiginn

€92,672

€95,550

Press Advisor

Michelle Hoctor

€86,604

€86,604

Minister Hanafin May 2008 to March 2010

Post

Name

May 2008

Sept 2008

2009

2010

Special Advisor

Averil Power

€94,740

€97,109

€100,191

€92,672

Press Advisor

Geraldine Butler *

€71,814

€77,629

€81,540

€75,987

* Ms. Butler was a civil servant on secondment and received a higher duty allowance to Assistant Principal salary scale in respect of her role as Press Advisor.