Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (209, 210)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

209. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. [18316/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

210. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality 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 salary rate; and if he will supply the total pay bill for all his special advisers for 2012 [18330/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 210 together.

The matter does not arise in respect of Ministers of State as none are remunerated by my Department. I have made no appointments of Special Advisors above Principal Officer level. In my capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality I have appointed Ms Jane Lehane and Mr Thomas Cooney as my Special Advisors. They are both paid at the Principal Officer standard scale (€80,051 - €98,424). I have made no requests for salary increases for either individual and the only changes to their salaries have been by way of normal incremental progression. The pay bill for 2012 was €181,716 which includes Employers PRSI.