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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 208-213
 Header Item Public Transport Provision
 Header Item National Transport Authority
 Header Item Vacancies on State Boards
 Header Item Appointments to State Boards
 Header Item Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Applications

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 852 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 208-213

Public Transport Provision

 208. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe to outline his plans to tender 10% of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services to the private sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37507/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

National Transport Authority

 209. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe to set out the position regarding the DART underground project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37508/14]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The Railway Order for DART Underground is valid until 2024 but a High Court Judgement earlier this year has ruled that the period for serving Notices to Treat for the purpose of compulsory purchase of property under the Order should be 18 months rather than the 7 years set out in the Railway Order.  This means that a decision on whether to proceed with DART Underground under the current Railway Order must be made by September 2015. DART Underground is now being reviewed and assessed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with other large public transport projects for the Dublin area. The 2010 business case for DART Underground is currently being updated and will be based on the latest data on population, transport demand, construction costs etc.

The NTA have advised me that the DART Underground report and the outcome from the Fingal/North Dublin Transport Study and the preliminary Business Case for the BRT to Swords will be available by early next year.

Following receipt and assessment of the reports I will then consider the options and priorities for addressing key public transport deficits in the GDA having regard to the costs and benefits and affordability of each project as well as funding sources and options including private funds, EIB loans and EU grants.

Significant additional Exchequer resources will be required to advance any new major project irrespective of the availability of private or EU funds. With existing funding levels the key priority is to protect investment made to date and to maintain safety standards. If additional funds become available, there will be many competing projects from all transport modes in all regions.

I will prioritise any additional funds for projects for which there is a clear need, which are affordable, have a sound business case and add value to existing infrastructure. I would expect that there will be public transport projects in the Dublin region which will meet these criteria if funds are available.

Vacancies on State Boards

 210. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys if she will provide in tabular form the percentage of vacant positions on State boards under the aegis of her Department that were filled from the panels created through open application by the Public Appointments Service, by year, from 2011 to date in 2014. [37483/14]

 213. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys to set out the selection process for appointments to boards of statutory bodies under her aegis; the process under which this selection is carried out; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37591/14]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I propose to take Questions Nos. 210 and 213 together.

  The processes involved in selecting candidates for vacancies on the bodies and agencies funded from my Department's Vote Group is set out as follows. In the case of certain bodies, board appointments may be made by the bodies themselves or on an ex-officio basis.

  In 2012, my Department used the Public Appointments Service to identify suitable candidates for appointment to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, in line with section 6(2) of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act 1979 (as amended by section 16(1) of the Gaeltacht Act 2012). I am advised that 4 out of the 7 the Ministerial appointees to Údarás na Gaeltachta were appointed from the panel created on foot of the publicly advertised process carried out by the Public Appointments Service. The remaining 5 members were appointed on foot of nominations by county councils that have a Gaeltacht area within their jurisdiction.

  In the case of the boards of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency, being agencies of the North-South Implementation Body – An Foras Teanga, appointments are made by the North South Ministerial Council arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction.

  In addition to these processes, board appointments are also made following a publicly advertised process, under which expressions of interest are sought from the public by advertising on my Department's website. Finally, candidates may also be appointed who, in the view of the Minister of the day, have a contribution to make and who may be willing to serve.

  The Government has recently agreed on a Revised Model for Ministerial Appointments to State Boards which complements the current system with a more structured approach to ensure   that vacancies on State Boards are populated in a transparent way by the high-calibre personnel required to successfully perform their mandates. My officials are now engaged in the preparations for implementing this revised model and I look forward to the guidelines which Minister Howlin will present in the coming weeks in that regard.

Appointments to State Boards

 211. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys if she will provide a list of the appointments and qualifications of those appointed to State boards since 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37521/14]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys As my Department was established on 2 June 2011, the information sought is being provided in respect of the period since then. Details concerning the appointments of board members to bodies and agencies funded from my Department's Vote Group since 2 June 2011 (both currently serving members and those no longer serving) and their qualifications/experience are set out in the following tables. Appointments to the boards of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency, being agencies of the North South Implementation Body - An Foras Teanga, are made by the North South Ministerial Council, arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction.

National Gallery of Ireland

Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Suzanne McDougald Gallerist and Art Collector
Mary Keane Deputy Director General of the Law Society of Ireland, responsible for the Society’s Policy and Public Affairs function.
Margaret Glynn M.A. History of Art and Design U. L. 2003.
Mary Daly President of the Royal Irish Academy
Bernie Brennan Vice President of the Royal Dublin Society
Fred Krehbiel International Business representative
John O'Brien International Business representative
  National Concert Hall
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Gerry Kearney (Chair) Former Secretary General of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Dearbhla Collins Pianist
Laurie Cearr General Manager, Music in Great Irish Houses.
Gina Menzies Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Royal College of Surgeons.
Alma Hynes Head of Volunteer Department for the Wexford Opera Festival.
Deborah Kelleher Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Rachel Holstead Music consultant and freelance composer.
Maura McGrath Senior management and executive experience across the private and public sectors and also not for profit organisations in Ireland and abroad.
Rebecca Gageby Head of Programmes and Administration at the Royal Irish Academy.
Kieran Tobin Retired Communications and Corporate Affairs Director, Irish Distillers.
John McGrane Retired Ulster Bank Director
Ray Bates Former Director, National Lottery.
Peter McEvoy Project management consultant.
Barney Whelan Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at An Post.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Pianist, composer, recording artist and academic, who holds the Professorship of Music at the Irish World Music Academy of Music and Dance based at the University of Limerick. Former Chair of Culture Ireland.
Bruce Arnold Journalist
Margaret Ryan Marketing Practitioner
Artemis Kent Director, Greystones Youth Orchestra and Head of Music at the Bray Institute of Further Education.
Pat Heneghan PR Consultant
Patricia Slavin Primary School Principal and qualified ballet teacher from the Royal Academy, London.
  Irish Museum of Modern Art
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Emma Goltz A patron of the Arts and company director.
Jane Dillon Byrne A former member of the Arts Council; she currently serves on the board of the Pavilion Theatre
Sheila O'Regan A museum curator, radio producer and presenter and historian.
John McNulty Businessman active in local cultural, sporting and language initiatives.
  Arts Council
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Sheila Pratschke (Chair) Studied fine art and arts management, worked in many arts organisations and institutions in Ireland and abroad and was awarded the 'Ordre Nationale du Merite' by the French State.
Joan Sheehy Actress with extensive experience in professional theatre for over three decades.
Miriam Dunne Has 25 years experience as a professional arts manager and producer in arts organisations, festivals, venues and events.
Monica Spencer A freelance producer, festival organiser and performance related facilitator with extensive experience of arts management and delivery.
Éimear O'Connor An art historian specialising in Irish art who was elected an Honorary Royal Hibernian Academician in 2010 for her contribution to the Arts in Ireland.
Brian Maguire A visual artist.
John McAuliffe A writer and academic, currently chief poetry critic for the Irish Times and co-editor of The Manchester Review.
Ciarán Walsh A graduate of communications studies from Dublin City University who has been involved in the performing arts for almost 20 years.
Mark O'Regan A professional actor with a long association with the Abbey and Gate Theatres in Dublin.
John Fanning A specialist in advertising, branding, marketing and communication who has a long standing commitment to the Arts.
  Censorship of Publications Board
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Shane McCarthy (Chair) Solicitor
Noelle O'Connor Senior lecturer in tourism and hospitality studies
Sinéad Prunty Barrister
Georgina Byrne Librarian who holds qualifications in English literature, information studies and management.
Philip Moynihan Retired Chief Superintendent, An Garda Siochána.
  Irish Film Board
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Bill O'Herlihy (Chair) Television broadcaster and businessman
Annie Doona President of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Katie Holly Managing Director of Blinder Films
Kate O'Toole Actress and Chairwoman of the Galway Film Fleadh
Seamus Deasy Director of Photography
John Rice BAFTA and IFTA winning producer, co-founder and CEO of JAM Media
Maurice Sweeney Documentary film maker.
  The Heritage Council
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Conor Newman (Chair) University lecturer
Fidelma Mullane Specialist in vernacular architecture
Catherine Heaney Communications consultant
Ciara Breathnach University lecturer
Michael Parsons Former school principal
Kieran O'Conor University lecturer
Ted Creedon Broadcaster and journalist
  National Archives Advisory Council
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Joanne Rothwell Archivist, Waterford County Archives
Deirdre McMahon Senior lecturer and Head of Department, Mary Immaculate College and member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission
Máire Mac Conghail Professional genealogist and member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission
Mary McAuliffe Historian, lecturer in the School of Social Justice, UCD
Raymond Refaussé Librarian and archivist, Church of Ireland Library
Paul Rouse Historian and lecturer in the School of History of Art and Archives, UCD
  Crawford Art Gallery
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
John Bowen (Chair) CEO of Bowen Construction
Una Feely Arts management and co-founder of the IndieCork Festival
Sheila Maguire Hospital administrator in Cork University Hospital and former VEC member
Tim Brosnan Cork City Councillor
Jim Corr Former Cork City Councillor and former Cork City VEC Chairman
Declan Moylan International Chairman of Mason, Hayes and Curran
Noel O'Keeffe Former Cork County Engineer
Kevin Lonergan Principal Officer, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Anne Doherty Cork City Manager
  Chester Beatty Library
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Patricia Donlon Former Curator of the Chester Beatty Library and former Director of the National Library.
Eamonn Ceannt Artist, sculptor and Former Bursar, UCD
Declan Downey Professor of History of Art and Archives, UCD
Brian McGing Regius Chair, School of Classics, TCD
  Irish Manuscripts Commission
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
James McGuire (Chair) Managing Editor of the Dictionary of Irish Biography
Mary O'Dowd Professor of Gender History, Queen's University
Jane Ohlmeyer Professor of Modern History, TCD
Deirdre McMahon Senior lecturer and Head of History Department, Mary Immaculate College
Greta Jones Emeritus Professor of History, University of Ulster
Máire Mac Conghail Professional Genealogist
Nicholas Canny Director of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway
David Dickson Associate Professor of Modern History, TCD
David Edwards Historian, UCC
Chris Flynn Principal Officer, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
James Kelly Historian, St. Patrick's College
Michael Kennedy Executive editor of the Royal Irish Academy's 'Documents on Irish Foreign Policy' series
John McCafferty School Of History and Archives, UCD
Donal Moore City Archivist, Waterford City Archive
Thomas O'Connor Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy NUI, Maynooth
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín Acting Registrar and Deputy President, NUI Galway
Ruan O'Donnell Senior Lecturer in History, UL
Maggie Smith Director of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
Catherine Fahy Acting Director, NLI
Frances McGee Former Director, National Archives
  Údarás na Gaeltachta
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chair) Director of the Languages Centre, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Dairíona Nic Con Iomaire Primary school principal
Pádraig Ó hAinifín Health Service Executive employee
Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin Regional manager of WESTBIC in Cill Charthaigh
Micheál Ó Scanaill Businessman and former teacher
Séamus Cosaí Mac Gearailt Nominated by Kerry County Council
Seán Ó Cuireán Solicitor and manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre
Seosamh Ó Laoi Nominated by Galway County Council
Ian Mac Aindriú Nominated by Mayo County Council
Cathal Seoighe Nominated by Meath County Council.
Daithí Alcorn Nominated by Donegal County Council
  Foras na Gaeilge
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Liam Ó Maolmhichíl (Chair) Former Director General of the GAA, primary school teacher and school inspector.
Eoghan Mac Cormaic (Vice Chair) Member of Conradh na Gaeilge and employee of Glór na nGael with an interest in education.
Áine Ní Chiaráin Journalist and former civil servant with an interest in local history.
Bríd Ní Chonghóile Senior Executive of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, former board member of Galway City VEC and member of Galway City Public Forum.
Therese Ruane Teacher, former board member of County Mayo VEC, member of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board and Director of Gnó Mhaigh Eo.
Caitríona Ní Shúilleabháin Teacher
Pól Callaghan Head of Information and Policy with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Northern Ireland and former MLA.
Colm Cavanagh Former Business Development Manager with the North West Regional College, President of the NI Council for Integrated Education, Chair of London-Derry Connections and Vice President of the Alliance Party.
Seosamh Mac Donnchadha Former teacher, Irish Language Organiser with Galway CCVC, CEO of Foras na Gaeilge,President of the GAA and Chairperson of TG4, CEO of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board.
Tomás Mac Eochagáin Director with Griffith College Dublin
Marcus Mac Ruairí Journalist and writer and Development Officer for Glór na nGael.
Seán Mícheál Ó Dómhnaill Former school principal and greatly involved in community development and in his local GAA club.
Dónal Ó hAiniféin School Principal of GS Mhíchíl Chíosóig.
Éamonn Ó Gribín Retired, member of the SDLP and Conradh na Gaeilge, among other memberships.
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Member of Cork County Council and Chairperson of the Council's Arts, Culture and Language Committee.
Liam Kennedy Lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast.
Thomas Sharkey Local Councillor and Secondary School teacher of Irish
  Ulster-Scots Agency
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees
Tom Scott (Chair) Board member of a local enterprise agency and involved with several private and public sector bodies with a strong interest in the Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.
Tony Crooks (Vice-Chair) Numerous academic qualifications and a strong interest in the Ulster-Scots language, culture and heritage.
Hilary Singleton Founding member of an Ulster-Scots group with vast experience and knowledge of the Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.
Ida Fisher Extensive experience in local government in County Donegal with an interest in Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.
Val O'Kelly Worked in a professional and voluntary capacity with many local and national voluntary groups and has an interest in Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.
Sharon Treacy-Dunne Has a special interest in the promotion of Ulster-Scots music and culture and has commissioned several works in the Ulster-Scots genre.
William Leathem Current Chairman of an Ulster-Scots group with a long standing interest in the Ulster-Scots history and culture, particularly in the promotion of the Ulster-Scots music.
Trevor Wilson Vice President of an Ulster-Scots group with a long standing interest in the Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Applications

 212. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys if her officials have examined an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme; the payments that have issued since year one of 15 to the applicant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37586/14]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys An application for compensation under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme has been received by my Department from the individual referred to in the Deputy’s Question. I am advised that a payment of €1,500 in respect of Year 1 of 15 (2011) has been made to this applicant. The qualifying criteria for the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme are that:

- The claimant must have a legal interest in one of the 53 raised bog special areas of conservation – ownership or turbary right;

- The claimant must have been the owner or entitled to exercise turbary rights on the land in question on 25 May 2010;

- The turbary on the site must not be exhausted;

- The claimant must have been cutting turf on the land in question during the relevant five year period; and

- No turf cutting or associated activity is ongoing on the property.

  Following an inspection by officials of my Department of the plot of bog in respect of which the applicant has applied for compensation, it appears that a supply of turf had not been cut on the land in question during the relevant five year period.

  The application has been reviewed within my Department and arrangements will be made to meet with the applicant to discuss his case as soon as possible.

  Question No. 213 answered with Question No. 210.


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