Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (74)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

74. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach the name of each person employed as an adviser or special adviser to him and the Minister of State in his Department; and the salary of each in tabular form. [36420/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The list of advisers employed by my Department, as outlined in the following table, comprises those working with me, those in Government Press Secretary roles, advisers working with the Independent Alliance and Independent Ministers and advisers to the Government Chief Whip.

Name

Role

Salary Scale

Brian Murphy 

Chief of Staff

Deputy Secretary

John Carroll

Head of Policy and Programme Implementation 

Assistant Secretary

Patrick Geoghegan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach 

Assistant Secretary (equivalent)

Angela Flanagan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach 

Principal Officer

Philip O'Callaghan

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

Principal Officer

Clare Mungovan 

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

Principal Officer

Jim D'Arcy

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

Assistant Principal (Higher)

Nick Miller 

Government Press Secretary

Assistant Secretary

Sarah Meade 

Assistant Government Press Secretary

Principal Officer

Catherine Halloran

Deputy Government Press Secretary

Principal Officer

Name

Role

Salary Scale

Peter Feeney

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

Principal Officer

Peter Harper

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

Principal Officer

Name

Role

Salary Scale

Tony Williams 

Chief Strategist for the Independent Alliance 

Principal Officer

Donal Geoghegan

Political Coordinator for Independent Ministers 

Principal Officer

The Special Advisers working in my office provide briefings and advice on a wide range of policy matters, as well as performing other functions as I may direct from time to time. They also liaise with other Special Advisers in each Government Department so that I am informed on developments across Government.

The Government Press Secretary acts as a spokesperson for me, as Taoiseach, and the Government and is assisted by the Assistant Government Press Secretary in coordinating the media relations of all Government Departments.

The Deputy Government Press Secretary - who is also based in my Department - coordinates communications for all the Independents in Government.

Special Advisers working with Minister of State Helen McEntee and Minister of State Paul Kehoe are employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Defence respectively.