Ken Foxe

You may take his life.

But  you will never take his FREEDOM (of Information).

Journalist Ken Foxe writes:

The Department of Public Expenditure has published a full list of all special adviser salaries on their website.

There are a handful of cases where people have jumped up the salary scale beyond the point that they should normally start as reported previously.

There are also a couple of instances where individuals are above the scale altogether, mostly because of pre-existing deals.

However, it is worth pointing out that the costs here are well down from 2011.

And I would like to think that had something to do with the long series of FOI-based stories about salary cap breaches in those early days of the Fine Gael & Labour coalition, including this story I did on the negotiations for one adviser Ciaran Conlon and his €127,000 salary.

Again, I think we are seeing here one of the subtle but clear benefits of Freedom of Information where there is an obvious reluctance now by Ministers to get involved in making “business cases” to break salary caps.

The agreement that special advisers could be placed anywhere on the salary scale seems to me to be a halfway measure designed to give some wriggle room and at the same time not have emails and letters floating around demanding six-figure salaries.

So we now have a much lower annual pay bill and those savings will continue for however long the current government lasts … mostly thanks to our Freedom of Information Act.


The special adviser salaries and how Freedom of Information has helped significantly cut the annual wage bill (Ken Foxe)

7 thoughts on “In Fairness

  1. b

    it may be a coincidence of names but has Finian McGrath employed current dcc Councillor Damien O Farrell as an advisor? from a quick google the two are very connected – nice second paypacket for him

  2. Guy Bague

    The special advisor bill is also down for another reason: Labour aren’t in power.

    Did you hear that? Edward Brophy (Joan Burton), Simon Nugent (Pat Rabbitte) and friends…

  3. BobbyJ

    I see former Broadsheet favourite Carol Hunt is on a nice little earner with Shane Ross. The Sindo heads sticking together and sharing the gravy. I really hope this government falls before the year is out

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