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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Ministerial Staff

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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771. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the staffing levels of the private offices and constituency offices of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each; the same figures for this time in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36507/13]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The number of persons currently employed in each of my and the Ministers of State’s private and constituency offices together with the full year salary cost in 2013 and similar figures for 2011 are set out in Tables 1 to 3 below.  Both the private and constituency offices in my Department are staffed in line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines.  As indicated in the tables below,  Ministers Ring, Kelly and I currently employ three staff each in our constituency offices.  This is one less than the allowed number of staff for constituency offices, which is four. 

The salary costs for 2011 are not directly comparable with the 2013 figures as the fourteen Ministerial appointed staff were appointed after the formation of the Government in March 2011, with some not being in situ until May 2011.  The 2013 salary costs represent the full year cost including the reductions effected by the Haddington Road Agreement from 1st July 2013.

TABLE 1 – Minister Varadkar Staffing

OfficeNo of persons employedSalary (2011 - March to Year End) - €'0002013 annual salary €'000
Private 10 (incl 2 Civilian Drivers)384544
Constituency3145127

 

  TABLE 2 – Minister of State Ring Staffing

OfficeNo of persons employedSalary (2011 - March to Year End) - €'0002013 annual salary €'000
Private 6 (incl 2 civilian drivers)169221
Constituency3101163

 

TABLE 3 – Minister of State Kelly Staffing

OfficeNo of persons employedSalary (2011 - March to Year End) - €'0002013 annual salary €'000
Private 6 (incl 2 civilian drivers)205262
Constituency3105138

 

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