Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Department of An Taoiseach
49. To ask the Taoiseach the full number of advisers employed by him or his office; the respective roles of each; the salary paid to each adviser; and the background to the recruitment process used for hiring. [49073/21]
Under the terms of the Public Service Management Act 1997, Special Advisers may be appointed by Government to Ministers and Ministers of State.
The requirement for specialist policy input and advice is a matter for each individual Minister to consider having regard to the area of responsibility and the support in place in the relevant Departments.
I have put in place a range of appropriate advisory supports to me in my role as Taoiseach.
The make-up of my team currently consists of a Chief of Staff at Deputy Secretary level, a Deputy Chief of Staff at Assistant Secretary Level, a part-time Economic Adviser at Assistant Secretary level and 3 Special Advisers at Principal Officer level.
It should be noted that the appointment of all Special Advisers is subject to Government approval and relevant contracts including salary scale, statements of qualifications and statements of relationship are laid before the Oireachtas.