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    The primary function of special advisers will be to secure the achievement of Government objectives and to ensure effective co-ordination in the implementation of the programme for government. The role and duties of special advisers are described in section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997. In summary, these are (i) providing advice; (ii) monitoring, facilitating and securing the achievement of Government objectives that relate to the Department, as requested; and (iii) performing such other functions as may be directed. kildarestreet.com
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    Special Advisers’ Statements of Interests

    A special adviser is required under the Ethics Acts to prepare and furnish to the office holder who appointed him or her a statement of any registrable interests held by him or her which could materially influence him or her in the performance of his or her official functions by reason of the fact that such performance could so affect those interests as to confer on or withhold from him or her or his or her spouse or civil partner or child or child of a spouse a substantial benefit. The office holder is required under the Ethics Acts to lay any such statement before each House of the Oireachtas within 60 days of its receipt by him or her (a separate statement of any registrable interests of spouse or civil partner or child or child of a spouse is also required to be furnished, but is not laid before the Oireachtas). Unlike statements of registrable interests furnished by members of the Oireachtas, which are published by the Clerk of Dáil Éireann or of Seanad Éireann as appropriate in a register of members’ interests, special advisers’ statements are not published. However, under the Standing Orders for each House, all documents laid before each House shall be considered public. Accordingly, statements which have been furnished to the Standards Commission by special advisers may be viewed and copied by request to the Commission’s Secretariat. (SIPO Annual report 2010)
    The Government has had imposed a “salary cap” of €92,000.00 for these posts, which are not advertised.

    An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appointed four to his “kitchen cabinet”. They will cost the taxpayer €440,000 a year.

    (Not including the new Government press secretary, former head of the Fine Gael press office Feargal Purcell and Cathy Madden who is there for Labour. Salary unavailable but predecessor Eoghan Ó Neachtain was paid €138,655 last year.)

    Mark Kennelly a Veteran FGer (€168,000) first worked with Fine Gael during the Rainbow Coalition as a researcher at the European Parliament. He was then elevated to the position of special adviser to Michael Lowry in 1995. He played an “important role” in Programme for Government negotiations and operated as Mr Kenny’s election tour manager.

    Andrew McDowell also breaking the salary cap at €168,000. An “economist in the Fine Gael tradition”. First cousin once removed to Michael McDowell and another ex-Forfas. Joined FG in 06 where he worked for Finance spokesman Bruton and later Noonan. Angela Flanagan and Paul O’Brien are both former party policy officers, each earn €80,051 .

    An Taoiseach has also received training from Anton Savage. Savage would be familiar from his work on TV3′s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and his regular slots on Matt Cooper’s The Last Word on Today FM. He has recently taken over the Sunday morning slot on the same station after Sam Smyth’s departure. His work with Fine Gael comes under his consultant hat with The Communications Clinic where he is also Managing Director.

    The PR and training company was set up by parents Terry Prone and Tom Savage after leaving Carr Communications. Terry who has worked with serveral governments over the years (Haughey, Garret, Bertie, P Flynn) recently worked on Fine Gael’s Presidential campaign with Gay Mitchell and writes a weekly column in the Irish Examiner while Tom Savage is chairman of the RTÉ board.

    Also helping Fine Gael during the general election was Mark Mortell, presenter of the Down to Business show on Newstalk and former PR for Sean Dunne. He had what was described as a “floating role” in deciding strategy and returned his role as Director at Fleishman-Hillard PR after the election. Mortell is a former Fine Gael councillor and his relationship with Enda goes back 30 years. As Tourism Minister Enda appointed Mortell as chairman of Bord Failte where we worked with current FAS director general Paul O’Toole. There were some eyebrows raised in February when Fleishman-Hillard was granted a consultancy contract with FAS estimated to be worth €300,000

    Tom Fabozzi is Fine Gael’s “Director of Media & Research”. He came from TV3 where he was producer of Tonight with Vincent Browne and Ursula Halligan’s old show The Political Party. He holds a masters in Political Communication and will be “responsible for developing and implementing the Party’s communication strategy”.

    Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore’s chief handler is Mark Garrett who the Phoenix describes as one of the “Blairite modernisers” in the party and is another one over the cap on €168,000 . He was formally at the Competition Authority and McKinsey consultants in New York who have a colourful history to say the least including many of their alumni heading Enron.

    Colm O’Reardon again over on €155,000 is policy director for the party and has worked for the ERSI so we have big hopes. Colm is brother to Labour deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin who is married to former Independent journalist Aine Kerr. Jean O’Mahony a policy analyst is in the €80,051–€98,424 range.

    Finbarr O’Malley is legal advisor on €83,337 and also linked to Rabbitte’s department .

    Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney had drafted in former chief executive of Greencore USA Fergal Leamy. He had quite an impressive CV which again warranted a breach of the cap at €130,000. He has since vacated the position, perhaps having looked into the abyss we don’t know. Here two, Áine Kilroy, a former researcher for Fergus O’Dowd and netting €80,051 and Caitríona Fitzpatrick has been appointed as press adviser but is not a special adviser

    Seán Mac Cárthaigh (€83,337), was Dublin correspondent of The Irish News before moving to Paris for The Times (London). More recently he was Assistant Editor of The Sunday Business Post. Sean is now advisor to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan having previously been director of public affairs with the Arts Council. Also there is Jim Kenny - his salary is “in line with the guidelines set down by Government on staffing ministerial offices”.

    Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has hired Marion Mannion on €80,051. Fellow Lucan native Cllr William Lavelle and former legal adviser to Enda Jennifer Carroll MacNeill split the same between them.

    Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has hired former chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents’ Association Simon Nugent for again over at €97,200

    Helping Ruairí Quinn are John Walshe and Deirdre Grant. Walsh (€92,672) was Education correspondent and Editor at the Irish Independent for over 18 years while Deirdre Grant (€86,604) is a former TV3 programmer and wife of Karl Brophy, Independent News & Media’s Director of Corporate Affairs.

    Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan has hired Claire Langton at €80,051 and Sean McKeown at €92,672 who was Chief Executive Officer of the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board. Mary Kenny has worked with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan since forever and gets €83,337 for her troubles.

    Noonan had a new press advisor appointed 14/11/11 replacing Eoin Dorgan who is gone into the DOF. No details as yet.

    Ronan O’Brien is in the cuts wing of Finance with Brendan Howlin. He was director of communications and marketing at Chartered Accountants Ireland and advisor to Ruairí Quinn when he was leader of the Labour Party which we assume means he too can break the cap at €114,000.. Anne Byrne was Member of the Medical Council 1984-1993 and Programme Manager in Health and Environment under previous administrations. She was also an adviser to Leas Cheann Comhairle 2007-2011 and picks up €83,337.

    In health Mark Costigan who was a Deputy Government Press Secretary and a former spokesman for Mary Harney has been retained by Dr James Reilly at €92,672. Previously he was a journalist, including Political Editor for Today FM. Also here, Sean Faughnan former Fine Gael policy adviser and picks up the there’s always one award as a former investment banker with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

    On Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton’s team is Ciarán Conlon who hit the headlines on budget day. As the government prepared to take over a billion in cuts to welfare and services it emerged Enda Kenny had overruled his two finance ministers to again break the cap and pay Conlon a tidy €127,000.

    Speaking on Tonight with Vincent Browne on the second night of the budget Brian Hayes said Conlon came from the private sector, thus warranting a comparative salary. In written answers from October Howlin lists the advisers and takes extra care to point out how wonderfully qualified each of them are. However for Conlon all we get is two lines.

    Mr. Conlon’s qualifications:BA (Economics) NUI Maynooth, MA (Economics) UCD
    Conlon began his career at UCD and later Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He worked with MRPA Kinman Communications (Now branded as MKC Communications. Home to plenty of familiar faces over the years and PR consultants to several departments and quangos. ) What is also missing is his time as Fine Gael communications director and more recently director of election planning and strategy. So we must wait and see where exactly in private sector he came from?

    Despite Conlon’s considerable and indeed valuable PR experience Conor Quinn is here as press adviser on €80,051. Quinn was previously employed by Mr Bruton on his parliamentary staff as a part-time policy adviser and served as parliamentary assistant to Simon Coveney.

    Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has taken on Thomas Cooney and Jane Lehane both in the €80,051–€98,424 range. Cooney is an academic.

    Liam Cahill is former head of hunting lobby group, RISE and former head of PR for AIB and Intel. He was programme manager to Fianna Fáil minister David Andrews in the Reynolds government. Worked for Pat Rabbitte while Labour were in opposition. Now PR adviser to Fine Gael Minister Shane McEntee.

    A full house!

    Kathleen Barrington is one of Ireland’s best journalists, full stop. Her work in the SBP over the last few years has earned her hero status among some of us. The articles were vital in piecing together the murky events that brought us here. This Summer she was appointed special advisor to Joan Burton in social protection. While everyone wishes her well it was somewhat disappointing news to say the least. There is a poignant moment in the clip of Enda launching of all things the “new” IFSC strategy. As the Taoiseach waffles about the bankers lofty plan and a “responsible on-shore tax jurisdiction”. Kathleen is spotted coming out the door of government buildings behind.

    However, Joan’s alignment with Barrington lends some credence to the theory that she was overlooked for a finance post because of certain official’s discomfort with Joan asking the “wrong” questions while in opposition. Let’s hope Joan and Kathleen are playing the long game. Naivety could be getting the better of me there but with so little to hang on to we take what we can get.

    Joining her in social protection is solicitor Ed Brophy. He worked in Endesa Ireland as the Legal and Procurement Director. Previously he was a Senior Associate in Arthur Cox Solicitors. Again over the cap at €127,796

    Despite originally telling us his pay would be “in accordance with rates approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform” Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar secured another break in the cap for Brian Murphy who is set to receive €105,837.

    Defending Enda on the Ciarán Conlon issue Minister Varadkar said that higher salaries had to be given in order to attract a high calibre of people, which was the very thinking behind Jobsbridge no doubt.. Mr. Murphy was Director of Commercial Affairs with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association so may be staying with Leo if he ever makes it to health. More interestingly Murphy is chair of the Fine Gael National Executive so hardly needed much coaxing despite the Minister’s claims. Nick Miller here too and paid ahem, “in accordance with rates approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform”.

    Chief Whip Paul Kehoe for some reason needs an advisor and hired Mark O’Doherty. Salary not available

    Róisín Shortall who being a junior minister had not been expected to appoint advisers managed to secure one of those exemptions that almost everyone else who asked got and hired Irish Times journalist Maev-Ann Wren part time.

    Not to be out done “exceptional circumstances” also allowed Junior Minister Creighton to take on former children’s television presenter Stephen O’Shea. Never say she is not committed to job creation. O’Shea has worked for Fine Gael and Lucinda in the past but more impotently, knows Zig and Zag. Let’s hope the Minister of State for European Affairs isn’t planning on sending Dustin back out.

    The Super in Super Junior entitled Willie Penrose to two advisers. Back on the dole queue (unless retained by Willie’s replacement or can get his Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council seat back) is unsuccessful Labour general election candidate Aidan Culhane, who was TD Alex White’s running mate.

    FG kindly provided a list of the FF/GP advisers last year and it is still available here. On there you can find details of Brian Cowen’s six advisers and the rest of Fianna Fáil’s extensive staff including senator Avril “council estate” Power. Who was earning almost 95k a year working for Mary Hanafin.

    The Government has appointed Mr. Martin Fraser, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach, to be Secretary General to the Government and Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach, with effect from 1st August 2011. He replaces Dermot McCarthy, who retired in September.
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    Shatter's advisor Thomas Cooney - is there not a legal academic of that name who has a reputation for being vehemently pro-Israel?

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    Funny to think of Cowen having 6 advisors, when he did very little at all as Taoiseach.

    Not exactly a vote of confidence in the civil service, is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardbouvet View Post
    Shatter's advisor Thomas Cooney - is there not a legal academic of that name who has a reputation for being vehemently pro-Israel?
    yes he is. Would imagine Shatter very pro israeli too.
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    Thats one packed gravy train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardbouvet View Post
    Shatter's advisor Thomas Cooney - is there not a legal academic of that name who has a reputation for being vehemently pro-Israel?
    And to think he once led ICCL...and is now a contrarian apartheid supporting disgrace.

    @Fugee. To be fair, I think we have downsized to a 'bus'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Bar View Post
    And to think he once led ICCL...and is now a contrarian apartheid supporting disgrace.

    @Fugee. To be fair, I think we have downsized to a 'bus'.
    the same :-

    Mr. Thomas Andrew Cooney; with effect from 4 April 2011:



    Tom Cooney lectured in law at UCD School of Law. He taught a range of subjects, including Constitutional Law, EU law, and co-taught Jurisprudence (Legal Philosophy) with the late John Kelly TD. He also introduced into the curriculum, and taught, the Law of Armed Conflict, Planning and Development Law, and Medical Law. He trained as a solicitor under Dan Sullivan in Malone & Potter, Solicitors, where he acquired experience in areas involving labour law, civil litigation, prisoners’ rights and Travellers’ rights. In the 1990s he was Chairperson of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, a voluntary, independent civil liberties organisation. He chaired the Working Party of Child Sexual Abuse, and co-edited (with Ruth Torode of TCD) its report on the need for reform of services and law. He has contributed to the literature of civil liberties, including (with Orla O’Neill) in the field of mental health law. He is a former member of the executive of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and a member of its Legal Sub-Committee. He served in the 11th Field Engineers in the FCA now the Reserve, which was based in Clancy Barracks.


    He argues his case from a strictly legal viewpoint to be fair.


    http://www.amitiesquebec-israel.org/texts/occup.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lapsedmethodist View Post
    the same :-





    He argues his case from a strictly legal viewpoint to be fair.


    http://www.amitiesquebec-israel.org/texts/occup.htm
    Come on now Lapsed...don't be joking and acting the contrarian.

    Strictly legal:
    "Most Palestinian deaths in the conflict are combatants while most Israeli casualties are non-combatants, writes Tom Cooney."

    I think one could quickly dispense with that nonsense with a McNamara-esque 'body count.'
    And that's before one even questioned the definition of combatant in a society with universal military service.

    Enough midnight mischief out of you, Sir.

    The man is a ideological kept woman and a shameful insult to the notion of justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Bar View Post
    Come on now Lapsed...don't be joking and acting the contrarian.

    Strictly legal:
    "Most Palestinian deaths in the conflict are combatants while most Israeli casualties are non-combatants, writes Tom Cooney."

    I think one could quickly dispense with that nonsense with a McNamara-esque 'body count.'
    And that's before one even questioned the definition of combatant in a society with universal military service.

    Enough midnight mischief out of you, Sir.

    The man is a ideological kept woman and a shameful insult to the notion of justice.
    That piece was written in 2002 and refered back to 2000. In which case the following FACTS KEV are just that...facts!

    A total of 684 non-combatant Palestinians have been killed by Israel, just over 39 per cent of all Palestinian deaths. Palestinians have killed 495 Israeli non-combatants, in other words, nearly 80 per cent of Israelis deaths. This tells us that although most Palestinian deaths in the war are combatants, 80 per cent of Israeli casualties are non-combatants. Most Israelis have died while living their day-to-day lives, taking the bus to work or market, shopping, dining out or celebrating family or religious occasions.
    Now, whether or not Palestinians have a right to wage a futile war is another thing entirely. I assume Tom Cooney thinks what they'd be better off not.

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    Well Lapsed ... if you assure me they are concrete facts - just like those Israel constructs everyday - then I, like the Palestinians, will roll over and accept the bull dozer.

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    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110...m_medium=email

    Lapsed - won't statistic chess but just want to mention - the incidents that make up the rise here reported here often don't get much media attention and therefore when there is an attack on a settler family it supposedly comes after a 'lull' or shatters supposed 'calm.'

    "Palestinians have been injured by settlers this year at double the rate of 2010, he said. So far this year, 178 Palestinians have been stoned, run down or shot at by settlers, compared to a total of 176 for the whole of 2010. Three Palestinians have been killed by settlers this year.

    The Israeli police and army, which control security in most of the West Bank, including all the land in and around the settlements, did not provide information requested by Reuters about the scale of violence involving settlers."
    http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d...m_medium=email

    Then look at the new law prohibiting the call for boycotts - the whole country has gone way upriver.
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    I can only laugh at this stage, Ministers with two, three even four "special" advisers making anything from 80k to over 160k and the state of the country with its junk status and massive unemployment. They're special alright, pay them double, the fools.

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    http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.ph...etary-general/


    The Government, on the recommendation of the Taoiseach, have appointed Mr. Martin Fraser, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach, to be Secretary General to the Government and Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach, with effect from 1st August 2011.

    Mr Fraser has been an Assistant Secretary in the Department since 2007, having previously been Director of the Northern Ireland Division. As Assistant Secretary, he has served as head of Northern Ireland Division, Corporate Affairs Division and Economic & Social Policy Division.

    He joined the Department as Finance Officer in 1999.

    He previously served in the Departments of Social Welfare, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture and Food.

    He holds a B Comm Degree from UCD and an Msc (Econ) Degree from Trinity College Dublin.

    On his appointment, Mr. Fraser will also become the Chairperson of the National Economic and Social Council.

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    Dermot McCarthy, who is retiring, was appointed Secretary General to the Government in January 2000 and Secretary General of the Department in July 2001.


    And is receiving (drumroll) €114,000 a year and an immediate lump sum of €342,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE View Post
    http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.ph...etary-general/


    The Government, on the recommendation of the Taoiseach, have appointed Mr. Martin Fraser, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach, to be Secretary General to the Government and Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach, with effect from 1st August 2011.

    Mr Fraser has been an Assistant Secretary in the Department since 2007, having previously been Director of the Northern Ireland Division. As Assistant Secretary, he has served as head of Northern Ireland Division, Corporate Affairs Division and Economic & Social Policy Division.

    He joined the Department as Finance Officer in 1999.

    He previously served in the Departments of Social Welfare, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture and Food.

    He holds a B Comm Degree from UCD and an Msc (Econ) Degree from Trinity College Dublin.

    On his appointment, Mr. Fraser will also become the Chairperson of the National Economic and Social Council.

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    Dermot McCarthy, who is retiring, was appointed Secretary General to the Government in January 2000 and Secretary General of the Department in July 2001.


    And is receiving (drumroll) €114,000 a year and an immediate lump sum of €342,000.
    I'm wondering what the Northern Ireland Division does, when it's at home ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    I'm wondering what the Northern Ireland Division does, when it's at home ?
    Has an aul chin-wag with the US of course

    http://www.cablegatesearch.net/searc...UBLIN50&sort=1

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