161. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the names of the special advisers employed in her Department; the names of special advisers to junior ministers in her Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current role or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the minister to which they were appointed to; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the government order; the date of the Government Order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if any persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46461/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I have the services of three Special Advisers, details of whom are available through the Department of Public Expenditure website, but are set out in the table format for the Deputy’s information. These are the only Special Advisers employed by my Department.
Payment of salary has been made by my Department as appropriate to the respective ...

22. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the cost her Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37436/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department, including a number of its Offices, holds a number of Public Bank Accounts to enable it to conduct its financial transactions, including paying staff and suppliers and collecting payment for services provided to clients of the Department and its Offices. The Department’s Public Bank Accounts are currently held with Danske Bank. This follows on from a procurement process conducted by the Dep...