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Coalition leaders' advisers cost taxpayer at least €1.5m per year

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Top salary: Deirdre Gillane, Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s chief of staff. Pic Tom Burke

Top salary: Deirdre Gillane, Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s chief of staff. Pic Tom Burke

Top salary: Deirdre Gillane, Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s chief of staff. Pic Tom Burke

Special advisers for Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan are set to cost taxpayers at least €1.5m a year, the Irish Independent can reveal.

The Coalition leaders have 17 special advisers between them, with salaries ranging from €74,000 to as much as €180,000.

The Government has come under opposition criticism for the number of advisers being appointed by the party leaders.