Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Noel Ahern

Question:

842 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the procedure, system and resources used in her Department for replying to correspondence from Members of the Oireachtas; the staff numbers involved; if the numbers have been reduced since freedom of information requests were introduced; if staff were diverted to freedom of infor mation cases; if a tracking or follow up system exists; if there is a rule or guideline for sending replies other than acknowledgements; the standard in this regard; the way in which it is monitored; her views on whether responding to requests from Oireachtas Members is an integral part of the democratic system; and if she has any proposals to improve this service. [20053/00]

I assure the Deputy that correspondence from Members of the Oireachtas is dealt with as expeditiously as possible by my private office, as is all correspondence received. All members of my staff are required, as an integral part of their duties, to deal promptly with queries, both written and verbal, from Members of the Oireachtas. Staff numbers in my office have not been reduced since the Freedom of Information Act was enacted; matters arising under that legislation are dealt with by a separate section of my Department. My office uses a computerised ministerial representations tracking system provided by Central IT Services, Department of Finance, which has inbuilt monitoring and follow-up checking systems.

All representations are acknowledged and progress in issuing substantive replies to outstanding representations is reviewed in the course of my meetings with the Department's management committee which occur every two to three weeks.

If the Deputy has any particular complaint in mind, I will have it dealt with as quickly as possible if he arranges to bring it to my attention.

Michael Ahern

Question:

843 Mr. M. Ahern asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the names and addresses of all persons appointed to State bodies, semi-State boards and all other institutions under the aegis of her office during the period 16 December 1994 to 26 June 1997. [20101/00]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows. I understand the Deputy's office confirmed that the full addresses of the appointees was not necessary, but that the county would suffice.

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge

Éamon Ó hÓgáin

Baile Átha Cliath

Seán de Fréine

Baile Átha Cliath

Ursula Ní Dhálaigh

Baile Átha Cliath

Áine Nic Gearailt

Contae Aontroma

Diarmaid Ó Cathasaigh

Baile Átha Cliath

Rhoda Uí Chonaire

Baile Átha Cliath

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

Gaillimh

Sorcha Maebh Ní Chonchuir

Ciarraí

Padraig Ó Dochartaigh

Dún na nGall

Sorcha Ní Dhonncha

Gaillimh

Séamus Mac Ruairí

Dún na nGall

Bríd Ní Shirín

Gaillimh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

Louis Marcus

Dublin

Morgan O'Sullivan

County Wicklow

Mary Alleguen

Dublin

Ann O'Connell

Dublin

Nuala Moiselle

Dublin

Gabriel Byrne

US

Mick Hannigan

Cork

The Screen Commission of Ireland was established as a committee of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board in June 1997. The appointments were made by the Film Board, with the assent of the then Minister, as follows:

Mary Leonard

Dublin

Pat Cleary

Dublin

David Collins

Dublin

James Flynn

Dublin

Brian Garvan

Dublin

Tommy McCabe

Dublin

Laura Magahy

Dublin

Ann O'Connell

Dublin

Heritage Council

Freda Rountree

Offaly

Emer Colleran

Galway

Ruth Delany

Dublin

Anne Brennan

Dublin

Jimmy Dunne

Galway

Elizabeth Fahy

Dublin

Orna Hanly

Dublin

Anna McHugh

Galway

Tomás Ó Caoimh

Kerry

David Leach

Cork

Peter Pearson

Dublin

Michael Ryan

Dublin

Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington

Galway

David Slattery

Dublin

John Waddell

Galway

Michael Conry

Carlow

Broadcasting Complaints Commission

Ray Murphy

Galway

Orlaith Traynor

Dublin

James Nugent

Meath

Andrew Boyle

Galway

Annette Hynes

Wicklow

RTE Authority

Farrel Corcoran

Dublin

Bob Quinn

Galway

William Attley

Dublin

Desmond Geraghty

Dublin

Maureen Rennicks

Dublin Rennicks resigned end of February 1996.

Garret Fitzgerald

Dublin

Anne Tannahill

Belfast

Anne Haslam

Offaly

Betty Purcell

Dublin

Patricia Redlich

Dublin Appointed in place of Ms Rennicks.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Gillian Bowler

Dublin

Kieran Corcoran

Dublin

Jim Dorgan

Dublin

Rita Fagan

Dublin

Eoghan Harris

Dublin

Gary Joyce

Dublin

Gordon Lambert

Dublin

(Maurice Foley Chairman 25 March 1993)

Brian Maguire

Dublin

Mike Murphy

Dublin

Paula Murphy

Dublin

Brian O'Doherty

U.S.A.

Amelia Stein

Dublin

Lochlann Quinn

Dublin

Dorothy Walker

Dublin

Maurice Foley

Dublin

National Archives Advisory Council

Margaret MacCurtain

Dublin

Niall Bradley

Kildare

Mary E. Daly

Dublin

Anngret Simms*

Dublin

David C Sheehy

Dublin

John Horgan

Dublin

Liam Irwin

Limerick

Charles Lysaght

Dublin

Patricia McCarthy

Cork

Susan M Parkes

Dublin

Peter Rigney

Dublin

Michael Kenny*

Meath

*replaced by J.Wilson on 18 June 1998
An Ceolaras Náisiúnta (The National Concert Hall)

Dermot Egan

Dublin

Aiveen Kearney

Cork

Audrey Corbett

Galway

Fergus Johnston

Dublin

Bill Dowdall

Dublin

Peter McEvoy

Dublin

Joan Parker

Limerick

Marie-Louise O'Donnell

Dublin

Pat Heneghan

Dublin

John McNally

Dublin

Malachy Smith*

Dublin

Irene Nolan

Dublin

Ann Fuller

Dublin

Niall Doyle

Dublin

Joan Hickey

Limerick

*Reappointment
Governors And Guardians of Marsh's Library

Patrick Kilroy

Dublin

Marilyn Taylor

Dublin

Irish Manuscripts Commission

Declan Kiberd

Dublin

National Museum of Ireland and The Botanic Gardens:
Board Of Visitors

Clare McCutcheon

Cork

Larry Walsh

Limerick

Jonathan Bell

Down

Emer Malone

Dublin

Caretaker Board of The National Museum

Barbara Nugent

Dublin

Seán Cromien

Dublin

John de Courcy-Ireland

Dublin

John F Deane

Dublin

John O'Reilly

Dublin

Aidan Walsh

Dublin

Anne Kelly

Dublin

Una Hughes

Kilkenny

Paul Murphy

Louth

Adrien Munnelly

Dublin

Julie Godson

Dublin

National Gallery of Ireland (Board of Governors and Guardians)

Carmel Naughton*

Meath

Anthony Cronin

Dublin

Michael O'Reilly

Dublin

Sylvie Kleinman-Batt

Dublin

*Appointed chairman 12 April 1996