Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (213, 214)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

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

Ceist:

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.