Kate O’Connell (right) and her sister and parliamentary assistant Teresa Newman
Or any other member of your family.
Political expenses sleuth Ken Foxe writes:
Every TD is entitled to make a number of appointments immediately after their election. Under current arrangements, they can hire a secretarial assistant and also a parliamentary assistant.
There is also an option open to them to hire their parliamentary assistant temporarily instead, although very few choose this.
Not for the first time (nor presumably the last), the list of appointments includes no shortage of examples of family members getting the jobs.
The Sunday Times has done a good job already of teasing out many of these connections
At link below is an up to date spreadsheet of all the appointments made since the general election. If you happen to spot any other ones that merit further scrutiny, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those relative appointments in full
Peter Fitzpatrick, (daughter Grace), Bernard Durkan (son Tim), Kate O’Connell (sister Theresa Newman), Maria Bailey (father John), Sean Barrett (daughter Jaci), Catherine Byrne (daughter Clare), and Ciaran Cannon (wife Niamh Lawless).
Brendan Griffin (wife Róisín and his cousin Tommy); John McGuinness (son Andrew); Michael McGrath (brother Seamus); Seán Fleming (wife Mary); and Timmy Dooley (wife Emer).
Seán Sherlock ( sister Úna Willis), Willie Penrose (brother, Johnnie), Michael Healy-Rae, (son Jackie Jr), Mattie McGrath (daughter, Tríona). Joan Collins, 9her husband Dermot Connolly job-shares a role as parliamentary assistant in her office.