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# Special Advisers

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# sipo report
Five former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying
Under the law, public officials are subject to a one year “cooling-off” period after they leave their roles.
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# oireachtas costs
Special advisers to Government ministers' earn over €4.5 million in salaries
The advisers’ pay ranges from €67,659 to €180,276, with 18 of them earning more than €100,000.
# Leinster House
Seven ministerial advisers have a pay packet above the maximum salary of €91,624
This is allowed if the department in question has the approval of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
# Behind The Scenes
The Class of '16: The advisers from Enda Kenny's government, where are they now?
Most are still in politics but a significant number have made the jump to the corporate world.
# Transparency
Five officials sought 'cooling-off period' waivers before taking up lobbying jobs
The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is to prevent the use of insider information.
# behind the curtain
The Advisers: Meet the small group who have run the country since 2011, for €3.1 million a year
Which minister spends most on their own staff? A new analysis of official figures by
'I departed the Áras on very amicable terms' - Former adviser breaks silence
Mary Van Lieshout has said that she left the Office of the President to “pursue other interests”.
# Special Advisers
Want to see what staff members in the Taoiseach's department get paid?
The 17 staff members appointed by the Taoiseach have an annual salary between them of almost €1.4 million.
# Pay Cap
Varadkar under fire after requesting €135k salary for adviser
Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly called the figure “an absolute disgrace”.
# Pay Cap
One in five ministerial advisers breaking new salary cap
Six of the government staff are paid more than €92,000 a year – the rate at which wages were officially capped in July.
# Dáil Éireann
Taoiseach defends apparent U-turn on advisers’ salary cap
Gerry Adams accuses Enda Kenny of breaching his own promise about the extent of pay for special advisers.
# Team Enda
Ministers' special advisers earn combined €2.5m per year
The 15 members of cabinet have appointed 27 advisers between them, earning salaries starting at €80,051 a year.
# Appointments
Irish Independent writer named as special government advisor