That is my opinion. I want to go back to what the Minister said. It is obvious that he is not satisfied, whatever the difficulty is. He proposes to resolve that difficulty in a certain way, by adding two members to the board. Much will depend on how they will be received by their colleagues, the existing seven. I assume that they are reasonable men. I said last night that I do not know any of them, but I have been reminded, by inference, who one of them is, a representative of a trade union. By a happy coincidence I do not know any of the members of this board and that is an advantage.
The Minister's speech was intended to be progressive when he talked about enriching the expertise and experience available at board level. That is a nice piece of alliteration, whoever the happy author was. It does not convey much in the way of solidity or substance to a person like me. The Minister said he was convinced that the board would benefit from an expanded membership in preparation for the challenges of the future. We need language which grips something rather than just this euphoria suggesting we hope that by doing a certain thing we will get better results.
The Minister made what I thought was a good point when he said he could not restructure or recast the board and that he wanted to do something about it. If we could get a specific promise from the Minister that he would recast the board next year, or within some reasonable time, that would be all right. There would be no harm in having two extra people on it for about a year but this kind of stop-gap arrangement, unfortunately, has a habit of becoming relatively permanent and remaining on for a long time.
Deputy Corish drew attention to the fact that this is an afterthought. I am not blaming the Minister for that in the same way as we blamed the Minister for Finance yesterday in relation to the pigs. It is a relatively short time since this Bill was printed. He may have been thinking about it in the time available and got caught up by the time. He might have been able to do a reasonably good job if he could have waited until after the Recess, but the money angle of the Bill is a necessary operation. If we got a promise of what the Minister hinted at, that he intends to have a real look at this over the next 12 months, we probably would not make a fuss about giving him his two extra members for a year or so. I am not being difficult when I say I believe five members would be better than nine.