Date Published: 07-Jun-2011
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has come out fighting over the appointment of his family members as key members of his staff.
The Fine Gael Junior Mininster from Carrabane has hired his wife as secretary and his brother-in-law as one of his drivers.
The job of personal secretary to the Minister, held by Ciaran Cannon’s wife, Niamh, comes with a salary of between 23 and 47 thousand euro.
During the election campaign, Fine Gael pledged to end the culture of cronyism and nepotism.
Minister Cannon is defiant over the appointments describing the matter as a non-issue.