Dáil Éireann - Volume 531 - 22 February, 2001

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

153. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands the total number of non-established civil servants employed by her in her office; the number within her Department; the salary scale, conditions, terms of employment and function in each case; the names of the persons or firms so employed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5331/01]

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): My Department currently employs 170 non-established civil servants together with approximately 800 non-established industrial civil servants. The Deputy will appreciate that it would not be possible, within the confines of a parliamentary question, to provide details of the nature requested by him in respect of such a large number.

As regards the persons employed in my own office, there are currently two non-established civil servants employed in my constituency office, Ms Mary McNamara, serving as my personal assistant, and Ms Mairéad Collins, my personal secretary. Ms McNamara is on the higher execu[476] tive officer scale and Ms Collins is on the secretarial assistant scale plus 10%. Both appointments will terminate not later than the date on which I cease to hold office as Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. There is also one person holding a non-established position in my private office, that is, my press advisor, Mr. Michael Ronayne. The salary for this position is currently £49,958 per annum and that appointment will also terminate not later than the date on which I cease to hold office as Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.