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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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 398.  Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley  asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  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. [24242/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The bodies under the aegis of my Department are the Civil Defence Board, the Army Pensions Board and the Board of Coiste an Asgard. The Civil Defence Act 2002 provides that the Board shall consist of at least eight but not more than fourteen members who shall be appointed by the Minister for Defence. Legislation is currently being drafted to dissolve the Civil Defence Board and transfer the functions of the Board back into the Department of Defence. I appointed the current Board as an interim measure from 11 July 2011. Membership of the interim Board appointed from 11 July 2011 is set out in the following table:

Name Nominating Bodies
Civil Defence Board Chairperson  
Mr. Brian Spain, Director, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence
Civil Defence Board Members  
Mr. Cathal Duffy, Principal Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence
Ms Clare Tiernan, Principal Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence
Mr. Robert Mooney, Principal Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence
Mr. Bill Smith, Director General, Civil Defence Board Appointed as Director General, Civil Defence Board
Mr. Ned Gleeson, County Manager, Limerick City Council Nominated by City and County Managers Association
Mr. Keith Leonard, Assistant Fire Advisor Nominated by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government
Dr. Barbara Rafferty Nominated by Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland
Ms Becci Cantrell Nominated by the Environmental Protection Agency
Ms Veronica Forde, Assistant Civil Defence Officer Nominated by the Civil Defence Officers Association
Lt. Col. Tony Kelly, SSO, Defence Forces Nominated by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces
Detective Superintendent Orla Mc Partlin, An Garda Síochána Nominated by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána
Mr. Fergal Conroy Elected volunteer member of Civil Defence
Ms Eileen Joyce Elected staff member of the Civil Defence Board

[454]The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act, 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance. The Army Medical Corps ordinary member is appointed by the Minister for Defence on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

The position of Army Medical Corps ordinary member became vacant due to retirement in 2011, and I have since appointed Commandant Adam Lagun to the Board on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff. As the Army Pensions Act 1927 specifies that one of the ordinary members must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps, this position was not publicly advertised. Details of Commandant Lagun’s appointment to the Army Pensions Board were published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 13 January 2012.


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