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326. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent by her Department on special advisers for each of the past four years; the way this compares to the four years 2007 to 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2510/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In accordance with ministerial staffing limits, Ministers of the Government may appoint 2 Special Advisors. In the time period referenced by the Deputy there have been six Ministers for Justice and Equality (or equivalent allowing for changes in the title of the post):

Minister of Justice and Equality Appointment Date Cessation Date
Michael McDowell TD 6 June, 2002 14 June, 2007
Brian Lenihan TD 14 June, 2007 7 May, 2008
Dermot Ahern TD 7 May, 2008 20 January, 2011
Brendan Smith TD 20 January, 2011 9 March, 2011
Alan Shatter TD 9 March, 2011 7 May 2014
Frances Fitzgerald TD 7 May 2014 Current

Special Advisors are typically paid at the Principal Officer standard scale on a pro-rata basis to a full time officer where appropriate. The following table sets out the relevant salary scales applicable since 2007.
Date PPC (Full PRSI) Special Advisor Salary Scale Non-PPC (Modified PSRI) Special Advisor Salary Scale
1 July 2013 (current rate) €79,401 - €97,194 €75,647 - €92,550
1 January 2010 €84,132 - €103,472 €80,051 - €98,424
1 September 2008 €90,702 - €112,191 €86,168 - €106,582
1 March 2008 €88,490 - €109,455 €84,066 - €103,982
1 June 2007 €86,332 - €106,785 €82,016 - €101,446

During the period concerned no Minister exceeded the number of advisors permitted.