Sunday 25 September 2016

Advisers learn to make ministers look good

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Former presenter of RTÉ’s ‘Questions and Answers’ John Bowman was drafted in to moderate the meeting.
Former presenter of RTÉ’s ‘Questions and Answers’ John Bowman was drafted in to moderate the meeting.

The Government's most senior advisors were sent back to school yesterday for a four-hour session on how to make their minister look good.

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Communication problems have plagued the new administration since it took office but moves are afoot to improve the situation.

Former presenter of RTÉ's 'Questions and Answers' John Bowman was drafted in to moderate the meeting hosted by the secretary general from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt and the Secretary General from the Department of Health Jim Breslin.

It is understood that around 25 policy and press advisors attended the event in Government Buildings.

The chief advisers to Health Minister Simon Harris and Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar were unable to attend.

They were briefed on the new business arrangements in the Dáil and the need to be aware that, in the new political dynamic, Private Members' Bills from Opposition parties could end up becoming law.

Ministerial advisers are paid between €70,000 and €90,000.

Irish Independent

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