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Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 246. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the appointments made by him to State boards under the remit of his Department since March 2011 that were advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24243/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn In accordance with Government policy, expressions of interest have been sought through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for appointment to the following boards of Bodies operating under the aegis of my Department: Leárgas Ltd — The Exchange Bureau; The Higher Education Authority; The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland (to be newly established); The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA); The State Examinations Commission (SEC); The Teaching Council.

To date, appointments have not been made to Leárgas or to the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland. Vacancies on other boards of Bodies under the aegis of my Department that arise during 2012 will continue to be advertised on my Department’s website. The Deputy should note that in making any direct Ministerial appointments, I am not necessarily confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant skills and competencies for the positions.


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