Seven Ministerial advisers in breach of government pay cap

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Seven out 34 Ministerial advisers are in breach of the government pay cap.
Four of the most senior advisers to the Taoiseach and Tanaiste are earning a salary of nearly double the 87,000 cap.
Ministers can apply to the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform to pay staff above the set limits on an individual basis, particularly in cases where people have left well paid jobs in the private sector.
Our reporter Shona Murray has a breakdown of some of the figures.
“Mark Kennelly and Andrew McDowell for the Taoiseach, they were awarded 168,000 euro respectively for their positions – they’re at Deputy Secretary-General level ” she said.
“They’re now on salaries of 156,380”.
“Similarly for the Tanaiste, Mark Garrett was awarded 168,000 euro as well, and he again is on 156” she added.

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