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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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 361.  Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  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. [24244/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan Up to 28 March 2012, the latest date for which information is available, the position is as follows:

Agency / Board (Chairperson highlighted) Position advertised
An Bord Pleanála Dr. Mary Kelly (Chairperson) Yes
An Bord Pleanála Ms Mary MacMahon No
An Bord Pleanála Mr. Conall Boland No
Building Regulation Advisory Board Mr. Aidan O’Connor (Departmental representative) No
Building Regulation Advisory Board Mr. Paul Kelly No
Building Regulation Advisory Board Mr. Conor Taaffe No
Dormant Accounts Board Mr. Michael Morley (Chairperson) No (reappointed)
Dormant Accounts Board Mr. Des Gunning No (reappointed)
Environmental Protection Agency Ms Laura Burke (Director General) Yes
Housing Finance Agency Dr. Michelle Norris (Chairperson) Yes
Housing Finance Agency Mr. John Hogan (Department of Finance nominee) No
Housing Finance Agency Mr. Phillip Nugent (Departmental representative) No
Housing Finance Agency Mr. Colm Brophy Yes
Housing Finance Agency Mr. Michael Murray Yes
Housing Finance Agency Mr. Padraic Cafferty Yes
Housing Finance Agency Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes Yes
Irish Water Safety Ms Breda Collins (Chairperson) Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. John Considine Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Michael Cuddihy Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Tom Doyle Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Brendan McGrath Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Paul Murphy Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Seamus O’Neill Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Martin O’Sullivan Yes
Irish Water Safety Ms Anne Ryan Yes
Irish Water Safety Ms Lola O’Sullivan Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Christy McDonagh Yes
Irish Water Safety Mr. Tim O’Sullivan (Departmental representative) No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Mr. Rich Howlin (Chairperson) No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Mr. John O’Connor No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Mr. Eddie Lewis (Departmental representative) No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Ms Marie McLaughlin (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Representative) No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Mr. Peter Carey County Manager Laois County Council No
Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Ms Ann McGuinness Westmeath County Council No
Local Government Computer Services Board Mr. Eddie Breen (Chairperson) County Manager Wexford County Council No
Local Government Computer Services Board Mr. Michael Malone County Manager Kildare County Council No
Local Government Computer Services Board Mr. Barry Quinlan (Departmental representative) No
Local Government Computer Services Board Mr. Enda Holland (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Representative) No
Local Government Management Services Board Mr. Eddie Breen (Chairperson) County Manager Wexford County Council No
Local Government Management Services Board Mr. Donal Enright (Departmental representative) No
Local Government Management Services Board Mr. Michael Malone County Manager Kildare County Council No
Local Government Management Services Board Mr. Barry Quinlan (Departmental representative) No
National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee Mr. Tom Coughlan County Manager Clare County Council No
Private Residential Tenancies Board Mr.Tim Ryan Yes
Private Residential Tenancies Board Ms Tricia Sheehy Skeffington Yes
Private Residential Tenancies Board Ms Paula O’Reilly (Departmental representative) No
Radiological Protection Institute Ireland Professor William Reville (Chairperson) Professor of Biochemistry UCC (Retired) Yes
Radiological Protection Institute Ireland Dr. Paraic James Senior Lecturer, DCU Yes
Radiological Protection Institute Ireland Dr. Maurice Fitzgerald Dental Council No
Radiological Protection Institute Ireland Dr. Patricia Cunningham Consultant Radiologist No

A notice was placed on my Department’s website on 19 July, 2011 seeking expressions of interest, from suitably qualified and experienced persons, for consideration as members or chairpersons of the boards of State bodies under the aegis of my Department. The notice is updated regularly as specific vacancies arise. However, expressions of interest can be made at any time and will be kept on file in my Department for consideration as vacancies occur. All appointments are made in accordance with the appropriate legislation governing appointments to each body. In considering applications due regard is had to Government policy regarding gender balance on State Boards.

A number of different statutory processes are involved in appointments to State boards. In some cases statutory selection procedures must be followed or nominations must be sought from independent nominating panels before appointments are made by the Government or by the Minister. In a number of situations, only some appointments to the body concerned are [435]made by the Minister, or appointments are made with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

The Boards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Bord Pleanála are executive in nature and members are employed on a full time salaried basis. The appointments as Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála and Director General of the EPA were made by Government following competitions held by the Public Appointments Service. The Chair of the Board for the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (HSCA) has been re-appointed on an interim basis pending enactment of legislation in respect of the HSCA.

The following members were appointed to the Board of Pobal, a not for profit company under the aegis of my Department, by Government:

Mr. Séamus Boland (Chair).

Mr. Thomas Maguire.

Mr. Liam Keane.

Ms Siobhan McLoughlin.

Ms Jennifer McHugh.

Mrs. Mari Hurley.

Article 3 of the Articles of Association of Pobal requires the Minister to consider nominations received from a list of stakeholders and the Social Partners defined by Government in 2005. The list comprises:

National Social Partners

Social Partners party to the Sustaining Progress Agreement; and Stakeholders,

Area and Community Partnership,

County Childcare Committees, and

City and County Managers Association.

A consultation process was conducted in June/July 2011 and 22 nominations received from the Stakeholders and the National Social Partners were considered in bringing forward proposals to Government for the appointments to the vacant positions on the board.


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