Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (190, 191)

Pearse Doherty


190. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. [18311/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Lou McDonald


191. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide in a tabular format a list of all his special advisers' pay and that of his Minister of State, to include each salary, name of employee above principal officer standard scale and salary rate; and if he will supply the total pay bill for all his special advisers for 2012. [18325/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together.

The information requested is set out in the following table:



Current Salary

Minister Hogan

Sean McKeown



Claire Langton


Minister of State O’Sullivan

Aidan Culhane



Paul Daly


In line with the Instructions on ministerial Appointments for the 31st Dáil, Special Advisers are to be placed on the first point of the Principal Officer (standard) scale: €80,051 - €83,337 - €86,604 - €89,898 - €92,672, except where the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform sanctions a higher salary rate. In this regard, Ms. Langton, Mr. Culhane and Mr. Daly were all appointed on the first point i.e €80,051. Special Advisers placed on a salary point below the maximum of the scale may be paid annual increments until the maximum of that scale is reached. Ms. Langton is currently on the 3rd point while Mr. Culhane and Mr. Daly are both on the 2nd point. Mr. McKeown was appointed on the maximum point of the scale in light of his particular employment/salary circumstances at that time, he has received no salary increase since then.

The total wage bill for special advisers in my Department in 2012, before application of the Pension Related Deduction, is €360,524, inclusive of employer’s PRSI.