Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (62)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

62. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the name of each person employed as an adviser or special adviser to him and the Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34846/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I wish to inform the Deputy that Ministerial appointments in the Department of Finance are made in line with “Instructions to Personnel Officers - Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil” which include “Guidelines on staffing of Ministerial offices” issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  The information on Special Advisers in my Department, requested by the Deputy are shown in the following table.      

 

Minister or Minister of State     

Name of Special Adviser      

Salary  

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure   & Reform

Deborah Sweeney

€101,114 = 5th point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC.

The cost of this post is shared equally with the Department of Public   Expenditure & Reform.

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure   & Reform

Ed Brophy

€101,114 = 5th point Principal Officer (Standard) PPC

Michael D'Arcy, Minister of State (with special responsibility for Financial   Services and Insurance)

Caroline Hofman

 €67,659 = 1st point Assistant Principal (Standard) PPC

Special Advisers are appointed under Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997. A Special Adviser to a Minister or to a Minister of State, as in the case may be, shall

(a) assist the Minister or Minister of State, as the case may be, by –

(i)  providing advice,

(ii)  Monitoring, facilitating and securing the achievement of the Government objectives that relate to the Department, as requested by the Minister or the Minister of State, as the case may be, and

(iii)  Performing such other functions as may be directed by the Minister or the Minister of State, as the case may be that are not otherwise provided for in this Act and do not involve the exercise of any specific powers conferred on the Minister or the Minister of State as the case may be or any other office holder by or under any other Act.

The appointments of Advisers are kept under review given the breath of my responsibilities across two Departments.