Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (262, 263)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

262. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. [18318/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

263. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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. [18332/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 263 together.

The details of the special advisors in my Department and their pay in 2012 and 2013 is set out in the table below:

Name

Position

Salary in 2012

Salary in 2013

Brian Murphy

Special Advisor

€ 105,837

€ 105,837

Nick Miller

Press Advisor

€ 83,337

€ 86,604

Total

-

€189,174

€ 192,441

There are two special advisers appointed in my Department, Mr Brian Murphy and Mr Nick Miller.

The remuneration of Mr Brian Murphy, who is my Special Advisor, is set at the single point indicated. This was granted on an exceptional basis as he came from a position in the private sector in which he was considerably better paid than now.

Mr Miller is on the incremental Principal Officer salary scale.  He moved to the third point of this scale in March 2013.

As the Deputy will be aware, had the Croke Park II proposals been put in place, increments would have been frozen and both would have incurred a substantial pay cut this year as they earn more than €65,000. The Deputy's party actively campaign for a No vote.