Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (232)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

232. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details of each non-Civil Service appointment she has made to a role in her Department; the persons appointed; the role, qualifications and salary of each; and the guidelines that apply in respect of party political fundraising. [13152/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

As Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I have employed the services of two Special Advisers, details of whom are available through the Department of Public Expenditure website, but are set out below for the Deputy’s information.

Name

Role

Salary

Ms Lucy Moylan

Special Adviser

PO Standard Scale (Point 1)

Mr. Pauric McPhillips

Special Adviser

PO Standard Scale (Point 2)

In relation to my two Special Advisers, both have Degrees in Communications and extensive experience relevant to their role and both are paid in accordance with the standard arrangements put in place by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. One, who began in the role last September, is paid on the first point of the Principal Officer (Standard Scale) and the other, who began in the role in May 2016 has progressed to the second point of the Principal Officer (Standard Scale).

I also have two Civilian Drivers who are paid at the Civilian Driver rate which is a single-point scale, without incremental progression.

The above appointees are subject to the terms and conditions of The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour. Matters in relation to Political activity are set out in Circular 09/2009: Civil Servants and Political Activity. Under part 13 of this Circular, Special Advisors are exempt from the provisions restricting Civil Servants from engaging in certain political activity. The Circular does not cover fundraising, however this is a matter for political parties and does not come within the scope of the activities of Government Departments.