Dáil Éireann - Volume 600 - 20 April, 2005

Written Answers. - Ministerial Staff.

  260. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if, in respect of the category of ministerial staff, including those attached to Ministers of State in his Department, who not being civil servants are contracted by him as personal assistant, political adviser, programme manager and press communications advisers, the name of the person; their function; if full-time or part-time employed; the terms of the contract; the level of remuneration, either by hour if part-time or as an annual salary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12364/05]

  Éamon Ó Cuív: The rates of remuneration for the following non-civil servants who are employed by me in a full-time temporary unestablished capacity are as follows. Mr. Pádraic Ó hUiginn is employed as my special adviser and is paid on the second point of the principal officer [1818] standard scale at €75,042 per annum. Ms. Eadaoin Ní Mhonghaile is employed as media adviser and is paid on the third point of the principal officer standard scale at €78,075 per annum. Ms. Máirín Ní Choisdealbha is employed as personal assistant in my constituency office and is paid on the seventh point of the higher executive officer standard scale at €46,199 per annum. Ms. Máire Ní Fhlatharta is employed as my personal secretary and is paid on the first long service increment point of the Houses of the Oireachtas secretarial assistant scale at €40,701 per annum.

The contracts for the above-named officers are for the duration of my term of office as Minister at the Department and require the performance of duties appropriate to their position assigned by me. The contracts have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs employs no such staff in my Department.

  261. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if, in respect of each person in the employment of the ministerial office, including that of Ministers of State attached to his Department as either personal assistant, political adviser, programme manager, and press communications adviser, the cost of travel and maintenance expenses incurred individually by each person by name for the calendar year 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12379/05]

  Éamon Ó Cuív: Details of travel and maintenance expenses in 2004 of personnel employed in my Department in the positions referred to by the Deputy are set out in the following tabular statement:

Name

Position

Travel

Subsistence

Total

Éadaoin Ní Mhonghaile

Media Adviser

10,191

12,258

22,449

Pádraic Ó hUiginn

Special Adviser

2,153

796

2,949

Máire Ní Fhlatharta

Personal Secretary to Minister

3,366

517

3,883

Máire Ní Choisdealbha

Personal Assistant to Minister

Nil

Nil

Nil

No staff are employed in my Department as personal secretaries or assistants to the Minister of State, Deputy Noel Ahern.