Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (55, 56)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

55. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. [18313/13]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

56. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 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 [18327/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 56 together.

Details of the salaries paid to Special Advisers in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which are commensurate with the responsibilities attaching to their positions, are provided in the following table.

Name

Position held

Annual Salary

Mark Garrett

Chief Adviser - Office of the Tánaiste

€168,000

Colm O’Reardon

Economic Adviser - Office of the Tánaiste

€155,000

Jean O’Mahony

Special Adviser - Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

€86,604

Niamh Sweeney

Special Adviser – Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

€80,051

Stephen O’Shea

Special Adviser - Minister of State for European Affairs

€64,257

Ms Jean O’Mahony received salary increments of €3,286 and €3,267 in March 2012 and March 2013 respectively and Mr Stephen O’Shea received a salary increment of €2,291 in November 2012, in line with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines relating to Special Advisers. The total cost of the salaries paid to Special Advisers in 2012 was €483,635.