Dáil Éireann - Volume 412 - 12 November, 1991

Written Answers. - Ministerial Advisers.

42. Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Finance if he has any views on the propriety of public representatives being employed in a full-time capacity to advise Ministers or Ministers of State; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Finance (The Taoiseach): Until 1985, any person employed as a special adviser or personal assistant in a Minister's office was bound by the normal restrictions concerning civil servants and politics.

However, in July of 1985, the then Government, which included members of the Deputy's party, took a decision that personal assistants and special advisers in Ministers' offices should be exempt from those restrictions.

The operation of that decision has not given rise to any problems and I see no reason to alter it.