Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ceisteanna (307)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

307. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the political advisers used by Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since the commencement of this Government; the commencement and cessation dates in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47970/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

I have appointed three advisers to date. Minister of State Seán Canney has appointed one adviser. Details are summarised in Table A.

Table A:

Name

Title

Minister

Department

Commencement Date

Cessation Date

Mr Padraig Hughes

Special Adviser

Minister Michael Ring

Department of Rural & Community Development

11/06/2018

Still in employment

Mr Daniel Rowan

Press Adviser

Minister Michael Ring

Department of Rural & Community Development

14/08/2017

Still in employment

Mr Seamus Ó Ceallacháin

Special Adviser

Minister Michael Ring

Department of Rural and Community Development

11/09/2017

31/5/2018

Mr Robert Hughes

Special Adviser

Minister of State Seán Canney

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment and the Department of Rural & Community Development

2/01/2019

Still in employment

In addition to the above I also avail of further advisory support from Mr Paul Mc Grath, who provides me with support and advice in an unpaid capacity from 2017 to date.