Jim D’Arcy ap­pointed ad­vi­sor to Taoiseach on North and Brexit

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

FOR­MER Louth Se­na­tor Jim D’Arcy has been ap­pointed as a Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Taoiseach, it emerged last week.

The De­part­ment of the Taoiseach con­firmed the ap­point­ment to the Ar­gus, ad­vis­ing that the Black­rock na­tive will be paid on the ‘As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal’ salary scale.

This could rep­re­sent a salary of up to €75,000 for his work as an ad­viser to Leo Varad­kar.

A spokesper­son said: ‘ Jim will be ad­vis­ing on North­ern Ire­land, bor­der is­sues and Brexit. He will work with the Bri­tish Ir­ish sec­tion of the de­part­ment in re­la­tion to North­ern Ire­land.’

‘Jim has an ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of bor­der is­sues and the po­ten­tial im­pact of Brexit. He worked with the coun­cil of Europe for the last five years on elec­tion mon­i­tor­ing in the Ukraine, Syria and Turkey.’

The spokesper­son con­tin­ued ‘He has a wide range of con­tacts across pol­i­tics and the pub­lic sphere in the North and bor­der ar­eas, and served on the Oireach­tas All Party Com­mit­tee on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Good Fri­day agree­ment.’

The 63 year old is for­mer prin­ci­pal of Du­largy N.S in Ravens­dale and Bel­lur­gan N.S.

He has a long his­tory in pol­i­tics,hav­ing first been elected to Louth County Coun­cil in 1999, and to Dun­dalk Town Coun­cil in 2004, and served on both bod­ies un­til 2011.

He un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the Louth con­stituency at the 2007 gen­eral elec­tion.

In May 2011, he was nom­i­nated by the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 24th Seanad.

He was the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesper­son on Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills dur­ing his term, and con­tin­ued in his work as a Se­na­tor un­til May 2016, also cam­paign­ing on many lo­cal is­sues in­clud­ing the Nar­row Wa­ter bridge.

Mar­garet Phillips and Eva Mol­loy at the launch of the new web­site by Padraigín Ní Ual­lacháin held in the Gran­vue Ho­tel, Omeath.

Jim D’Arcy.

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