Min­is­ter’s spe­cial ad­vi­sor role re­mains up for grabs

Irish Independent - Farming - - Front Page -

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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