Dáil Éireann - Volume 480 - 30 September, 1997

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

196. Mr. Farrelly asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he or Ministers of State at his Department have appointed a programme manager or a special adviser or both; if so, the salary paid to them; the terms of their contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15006/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): It is not my intention to appoint a programme manager.

I have recently appointed a special adviser whose contract is being finalised. He is currently on secondment from Bord Bia and the Department is recouping £45,786 to that organisation in respect of his salary. A special adviser has also been appointed at my Department at a salary of £36,757 per annum. It is intended that he will act as a co-ordinator for the Ministers of State. His contract and functions are also being finalised and in the interim he has been assigned to the Minister of State, Deputy O'Keeffe.

197. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of non-established civil servants employed in his Department and by the Ministers of State at his Department; their status and function; the costs in terms of salary or consultancy fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15022/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): I presume from the Deputy's question that he is referring particularly to my own office and those of the Ministers of State. That information is as follows:

[1074] Minister's Office (from 28-6-1997)

Number

Post

Annual Salary

£

1

Special Adviser

45,786

1

Personal Assistant

14,211

1

Personal Secretary

16,469

Minister of State Davern

1

Personal Assistant

15,949

1

Personal Secretary

12,033

2

Civilian Driver

27,961

Minister of State O'Keeffe

1

Special Adviser

35,757

1

Personal Assistant

18,371

1

Personal Secretary

12,767

2

Civilian Driver

27,961

Consultancy work now carried out inhouse

Nil

Minister's Office (up to 28-6-1997)

Number

Post

Annual Salary

£

1

Programme Manager

45,525

1

Special Adviser

45,525

1

Personal Assistant

17,907

1

Personal Secretary

11,876

Minister of State Deenihan

1

Special Adviser

32,639

1

Personal Assistant

16,220

1

Personal Secretary

9,200

2

Civilian Driver

27,440

Sheedy McMahon Consultancy work in 1996

32,670

The function of special advisers is to assist the relevant Ministers or Ministers of State on all aspects of the operation of their Departments or Offices.

It is not my intention to appoint a programme manager.

The function of the constituency office staff — personal secretaries and assistants — is to provide necessary services to myself and the Ministers of State, to the general public and our constituencies.

The services of established civil servants assigned to my office and offices of the Ministers of State continue to be utilised.

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