The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has sanctioned breaches of the Government’s own guidelines on salaries for Ministerial Advisers in four cases for the Ministers for Agriculture, Communications, Jobs, Public Expenditure and Primary Care.

Fianna Fáil Public Expenditure Spokesperson Seán Fleming said: “The detailed table provided to Fianna Fáil this week shows Minister Howlin personally approved major pay packets for Advisers in a number of Departments, including his own.  The pay bill for advisers to Ministers is €2.77m and this excludes the salaries to advisors to the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

“In the cases where Minister Howlin has sanctioned pay above the norm advisors were appointed to Cabinet Ministers on the following salaries:

 

Advisor to Minister Bruton earns €127,000

Advisor to Minister Brendan Howlin earns €114,000

Advisor to Minister Simon Coveney earns €110,000

Advisor to Minister Pat Rabbitte earns €97,200

 

“The Government has not embraced real political reform and I think people will be disappointed to hear these figures when you consider the scale of the unemployment crisis and the need for Government to cut the cost of government itself.  Again we see Fine Gael and Labour promising one thing and failing to deliver. It’s clearly a case of one rule for ordinary people and a different rule for themselves.”