Under the Appointment of Special Adviser (Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine) Orders, 2016 and 2018 the following special advisers have been appointed since I became Minister: Ms. Áine Kilroy (re-appointment), Mr. Jonathan Hoare (re-appointment) and Mr. Ultan Waldron. Two advisers, Mr. Hoare and Mr. Waldron are currently serving, in line with Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act, 1997.
Mr. Hoare is the Political Adviser, while Mr. Waldron is the Policy Adviser. Additional information relating to the appointment of advisers is provided to the Oireachtas upon their appointment. The current salary scale for Ministerial Advisers is: Special Adviser (Principal Officer) €80,852 - €99,408 p/a.
Since my appointment as Minister four Civilian Drivers have been appointed, with two drivers assigned to Minister of State Doyle and two to myself.
The current salary rate for Civilian Drivers is €657.43 p/w.