The appointment to my Department of three Special Advisers was approved by Government on 22 September. The Advisors will also provide advice to me on matters relating to the Department of Transport. These appointments are in the process of being formalised with the issuing of Contracts of Employment to the appointees. In line with the Instructions to Personnel Officer - Ministerial Appointments to the 33rd Dáil, recently published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the salary of each of the three advisers will be on the Principal Officer scale and their Contracts of Employment will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas and forwarded to the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. The details in relation to the appointment of the Special Advisers will then be published by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform on the gove.ie website. I understand this process will be completed once all Special Advisers have been appointed.