Special Advisors are appointed by Government under the terms and conditions set out in the 'Instructions to Personnel Officers - Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil' which includes the Guidelines for Staffing of Ministerial Offices. I appointed two advisors to my Department, Ms Suzie Coogan and Mr Ross Elwood on my appointment as Minister.
Ms Coogan was appointed as press and media advisor and was previously employed as a journalist, government advisor and communications director for an international NGO. Ms Coogan's annual salary is currently at the rate of €95,441.
Mr Elwood is employed as special advisor with responsibility for policy and was previously employed in the Oireachtas and the European Parliament. His current salary is at the rate of €88,471 per annum.
No advisors have been appointed by Minister of State Kyne to my Department.