Written answers

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Ministerial Adviser Pay

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisors in his Department over the last two years. [18318/13]

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in a tabular format a list of all his special advisors pay and that of his Minister of State, to include each salary, name of employee above principal officer standard scale salary rate; and if he will supply the total pay bill for all his special advisors for 2012 [18332/13]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 263 together.

The details of the special advisors in my Department and their pay in 2012 and 2013 is set out in the table below:

NamePositionSalary in 2012Salary in 2013
Brian MurphySpecial Advisor
€ 105,837
€ 105,837
Nick MillerPress Advisor
€ 83,337
€ 86,604
Total -
€189,174
€ 192,441

 There are two special advisers appointed in my Department, Mr Brian Murphy and Mr Nick Miller.

The remuneration of Mr Brian Murphy, who is my Special Advisor, is set at the single point indicated. This was granted on an exceptional basis as he came from a position in the private sector in which he was considerably better paid than now.

Mr Miller is on the incremental Principal Officer salary scale.  He moved to the third point of this scale in March 2013.

As the Deputy will be aware, had the Croke Park II proposals been put in place, increments would have been frozen and both would have incurred a substantial pay cut this year as they earn more than €65,000. The Deputy's party actively campaign for a No vote.

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