Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (213, 214)

Pearse Doherty


213. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. [18309/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Lou McDonald


214. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Defence 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. [18323/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 213 and 214 together.

I have not appointed any special advisers in my role as Minister for Defence. I have however engaged the services of a personal assistant who assists me in constituency matters. The annual salary attached to this post is €56,060 which is in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure & Reform guidelines concerning Ministerial appointments.

Similarly, no special advisers have been appointed by Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D. in his role as Minister of State at the Department of Defence.