Written answers

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Department of An Taoiseach

Departmental Staff

11:00 am

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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Question 1: To ask the Taoiseach the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45853/10]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Taoiseach; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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The information requested by the Deputy is detailed in the Table.

NameTitle€ Annual SalaryPension Arrangements
Joe LennonTaoiseach's Programme Manager188,640Scheme for established Civil Servants
Gerry SteadmanTaoiseach's Special Adviser132,687Scheme for established Civil Servants
Brian MurphyTaoiseach's Special Adviser132,687Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Deirdre GillaneTaoiseach's Special Adviser95,550Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Peter ClinchTaoiseach's Special Adviser181,243A pension contribution equivalent to 11% of salary is made towards a pension fund, this is in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines
Padraig SlyneSpecial Adviser to Minister of State & Government Chief Whip96,295A pension contribution equivalent to 11% of salary is made towards a pension fund, this is in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines
Eoghan O'NeachtainGovernment Press Secretary138,655Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Mark CostiganDeputy Government Press Secretary103,136Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
John DowningDeputy Government Press Secretary109,382Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Sineád DooleyTaoiseach's Personal Assistant with responsibility as Office Manager66,519Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Peter LenehanTaoiseach's Personal Assistant50,178Scheme for established Civil Servants
Annette McManusTaoiseach's Personal Assistant48,297Scheme for established Civil Servants
Denise KavanaghTaoiseach's Personal Assistant57,251Scheme for established Civil Servants
Yvonne GrahamTaoiseach's Personal Assistant53,532Scheme for established Civil Servants
Sarah McLoughlinTaoiseach's Personal Assistant53,532Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Aoife Ní LochlainnPersonal Assistant to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government47,730Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Elaine HoganTaoiseach's Personal Secretary42,446Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Colette WatersTaoiseach's Personal Secretary39,223Scheme for established Civil Servants
Nicola StapletonPersonal Assistant to the Government Chief Whip49,637Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Shauna CurranPersonal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip22,792Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees
Maura StynesPersonal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip23,167Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees a

Under the direction of my Programme Manager, Joe Lennon, the primary function of my Special Advisers is to monitor, facilitate and help secure the achievement of Government objectives and to ensure effective coordination in the implementation of the Programme for Government.

The role and duties of Special Advisers are described in Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act, 1997. In summary, these are:-

(i) providing advice;

(ii) monitoring, facilitating and securing the achievement of Government objectives that relate to the Department, as requested; and

(iii) performing such other functions as may be directed.

My Programme Manager meets other Ministerial Advisers on a weekly basis. He monitors and reports to me on progress in implementing the Programme for Government. Each of my Advisers liaise with a number of Departments and act as a point of contact in my office for Ministers and their Advisers.

My Advisers attend meetings of Cabinet Committees and cross-departmental teams relevant to their responsibilities. They also liaise, on my behalf, with organisations and interest groups outside of Government.

Special Advisers are also tasked with giving me advice and keeping me informed on a wide range of issues, including business, financial, economic, political, environmental, administrative and media matters and performing such other functions as may be directed by me from time to time. In addition, a number of my advisers have specific responsibilities in relation to speech drafting.

The duties of the Government Press Secretary and the Deputy Government Press Secretaries are to liaise with the media on my behalf. Political correspondents are briefed on a daily basis by the Government Press Secretary and Deputy Government Press Secretaries. Through regular contact with Departmental Press Officers, they ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to media matters. They also strive to ensure that relevant information and replies to press queries are communicated accurately, speedily and efficiently to the media.

The Personal Assistants and Personal Secretaries appointed by me have a range of duties and mainly provide administrative support and assistance in my Constituency Office and the Government Chief Whip's Constituency Office.

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