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Minister's special advisor role remains up for grabs

Minister Coveney's €80,000+ special advisory role is still up for grabs after his first-choice candidate -- the previous minister's special adviser, Dermot Ryan -- was appointed as the Department's permanent representative in Brussels.

Some eyebrows had been raised when Minister Coveney indicated that his top advisory job was Ryan's to refuse, given Fine Gael's promises of new brooms in power. Now the other Brussels hopeful and WTO negotiations veteran, Breffni Carpenter, will be seen as one of the favourites for the post.

However, the rumour mill has also mentioned the possibility of a number of the IFA's top officials taking up the role.

In particular, the IFA's man in Brussels for many years, Michael Treacy, for example, would be seen by many as a good fit for the job.

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