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Want to work for these TDs? Technical Group seeks assistant for 'tricky job'

A “tricky job” with “crazy hours” is how the position of parliamentary coordinator with the Dáíl Technical Group is being described.

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Members of the Dáil Technical Group with an Icelandic MP in 2011. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE DÁIL TECHNICAL Group is looking for a parliamentary coordinator ahead of the new Dáil term to do a job described as “very, very tricky” with “crazy hours”.

The full-time position is being advertised on the RecuitIreland.com and offers a salary of between €35,000 and €45,000 and can be done by one person or on a job-share basis.

The position has arisen out of the departure of the current parliamentary coordinator who works closely with independent TDs to find out what they want to speak about in the Dáil and then seeks speaking time during debates for them.

“It’s a very, very trickly job, it would run the feet off you… It’s quite a political job dealing with a spectrum of people on the left and right,” a source, who did not wish to be named, said.

The group – which is set up for the sole purpose of speaking rights in Dáil debates – includes Stephen Donnelly, Luke Ming Flanagan, Tom Fleming, Noel Grealish, John Halligan, Finian McGrath, Thomas Pringle, Maureen O’Sullivan, Catherine Murphy, Shane Ross, Joan Collins, Richard Boyd-Barrett, Clare Daly, Joe Higgins, Seamus Healy, and Mick Wallace.

The advertisement points out that it is not a public service appointment and instead the successful candidate will be employed directly by the group of independent TDs.

The successful candidate will also liaise with government and Oireachtas officials on a wide range of issues, assist in the drafting of legislation, dealing with correspondence and preparing documents and files as well as other duties.

Knowledge of procedure in the Irish parliament is described as “advantageous” in the advertisement.

Dublin North TD Finian McGrath described the role as “fairly tough” adding that it will involve “crazy hours”.

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