Insofar as non-civil service appointments are concerned I can confirm that I have two special advisors - Ms Sarah Kavanagh and Mr. Tom Fabozzi. Both advisors are remunerated on the Principal Officer standard pay scale (PPC). The appointment of both advisors was conducted in line with the guidelines from the Department of Public and Expenditure and Reform on Ministerial appointments. As per the terms of their appointment special advisors are subject to the provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 and the Standards in Public Office Act 2001.
Sarah Kavanagh is my senior Special Advisor. She holds a BA degree in History and Politics (UCD, 2000); an MA degree in Politics (UCD, 2001), an MA in Political Communication (DCU, 2007); a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2010); and a Barrister at Law Degree (Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2012). Ms Kavanagh worked in the Houses of the Oireachtas as a Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Policy Officer for nine years and as a Special Advisor in three Government Departments over the last four years.
Mr. Tom Fabozzi is my Communications Advisor. He worked in a senior communications role for Fine Gael for five years and as a Special Advisor in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 14 months and is a former journalist and producer. Mr. Fabozzi holds a BA degree in European Studies (U.L., 1991) and an MA degree in Political Communications (DCU, 2007).
Having regard to the significant legislative programme that I am responsible for, I am currently in the process of appointing Robert A. Bourke BL to the position of Legal Advisor on similar terms and conditions to those cited above. Mr. Bourke has over ten years’ experience as a practising barrister and worked for nine months as a Legal Researcher for the Company Law Review Group. He holds a BA degree in Business, Politics and French (TCD, 2000); a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2004); and a Barrister at Law Degree (Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2006).