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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Department of Social Protection

Ministerial Advisers Remuneration

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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46. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the name, position and annual salary awarded to her special advisers; the details of requests for increases above the special adviser pay cap as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45670/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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There are four special advisers employed in the Department of Social Protection. The details sought by the Deputy in respect of these Special Advisers are show in the following table.

NamePositionAnnual Salary
Edward BrophyChief of Staff to the Tánaiste €144,550
Terry Quinn*Economic Advisor to the Tánaiste €114,424
Claire PowerSpecial Advisor to the Tánaiste €79,401
Karen O ConnellSpecial Advisor to the Tánaiste €78,670
* Secondment from the Central Bank on existing terms and conditions

With regard to salaries awarded above the maximum of the special adviser scale, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform sanctioned a single salary point of €144,550 in respect of Mr. Edward Brophy effective from his appointment to his current role on 4 July 2014. The salary sanctioned is significantly lower than that which he was earning in the private sector before taking up his appointment in the Department.


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