Written Answers. - Harbour Authorities.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

183 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the dates on which the current members of the boards of the State's commercial port companies were appointed; the names of each of the members appointed; the persons or organisations by whom the appointed members were recommended for appointment; and the names of the persons or organisations who have complained to him regarding any of the appointments made. [15159/02]

The following schedule outlines the current membership of the boards of the ten commercial State port companies, the date of each appointment, the recommendations received by various persons or organisations on foot of the statutory and non-statutory consultations as prescribed by the Harbours Act, 1996, and the nominations of local authorities and port employees as prescribed by the Act.

The composition of the boards of the commercial State port companies is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Harbours Act, 1996. In accordance with section 17 (3) of the Act the number of directors shall be not more than 12. Each director is appointed by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with the consent of the Minister for Finance. The chief executive officer of each port company is anex-officio director in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Section 30(6) of the Act and the Port Companies (Appointment of Local Authority Directors) Regulations, 1996 and 2002 provide that the Minister shall appoint three members of a prescribed local authority or local authorities, each of whom has been nominated in the prescribed manner by a prescribed local authority or local authorities, as port company directors.
Section 30(1)(a) of the Act provides that the Minister shall, in respect of a company the employees of which are more than 50 in number, appoint to be each a director of the company, two company employees nominated following an election process.
The remaining six directors are appointed by the Minister and in accordance with section 30(7) of the Act. The Minister is obliged to consult with the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation and various other persons seeking their recommendations in relation to these appointments.
I have not personally received any complaints from any person or organisation regarding appointments to port company boards. However, I am advised that at least two complaints were made to my predecessor regarding appointments to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. I have asked my Department to check the position further and I will furnish the Deputy with details as soon as possible.

Port Company

Name of Director

Date Appointed

Recommended/Nominated

Port of Cork Company

Mr. Dermot O'Mahony (C)

25 April 2002

Mr. Alan Coleman MCC

25 April 2002

Mr. Dominic J. Daly

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents Association

Ms Noelle Canton

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Finbarr Buckley

25 April 2002

Cllr. Colm Burke

3 March 2002

Nominated by Cork City Council

Mr. Joe Dowling

22 November 2000

Cllr. J Mulvihill

12 July 1999

Nominated by Cork County Council

Mr. Louis Kenneally

29 September 1997

Elected by the employees of the Company

Mr. David Doolan

29 September 1997

Elected by the employees of the Company

Cllr. Tim Falvey

14 July 1997

Nominated by Cork City Council

Drogheda Port Company

Mr. Matthew Nolan (C)(E)

25 April 2002

Mr. Paddy Traynor

25 April 2002

Mr. Michael Coyle

25 April 2002

Mr. Willie Lennon

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents Association

Mr. Adrian Walker

25 April 2002

Mr. David Prior

25 April 2002

Cllr. Sean Collins

3 March 2002

Nominated by Drogheda City Council

Cllr. Jimmy Cudden

3 March 2002

Nominated by Meath County Council

Cllr. Jacqui McConville

21 December 1998

Nominated by Louth County Council

There are currently two vacancies on the Board of Drogheda Port Company which are expected to be filled in the near future.
The chief executive officer post at both ports has yet to be finalised and accordingly there are noex-officio directors on the port company boards at present.

Port Company

Name of Director

Date Appointed

Recommended/Nominated

Dublin Port Company

Mr. Joe Burke (C)

25 April 2002

Mr. Jerry Kiersey

25 April 2002

Mr. Tom Hussey

25 April 2002

Mr. Tony Ennis

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents Association

Ms Cathy Bryce

25 April 2002

IBEC

Mr. Brian Kerr

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of ShippingInstitute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Cllr. John Stafford

3 March 2002

Nominated by Dublin City Council

Cllr. Eamonn O'Brien

26 July 1999

Nominated by Dublin City Council

Cllr. Royston Brady

26 July 1999

Nominated by Dublin City Council

Mr. Thomas Linehan (E)

22 September 1997

Elected by the employees of the Company

Mr. Eamonn McAteer (E)

22 September 1997

Elected by the employees of the Company

Mr. Enda Connellan (ex-officio)

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company

Mr. Paddy McMahon (C)

25 April 2002

Mr. Sean Costello

25 April 2002

Mr. Gerry Nagle

25 April 2002

Mr. Tom Welby

25 April 2002

Cllr. Victor Boyhan

25 April 2002

Ms Eithne Scott Lennon

25 April 2002

Cllr. Tony Fox

25 April 2002

Cllr. Betty Coffey

3 March 2002

Nominated by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council

Cllr. Jane Dillon Byrne

3 March 2002

Nominated by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council

Cllr. Donal Marren

3 March 2002

Nominated by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council

Mr. David Redmond (E)

1 December 1997

Elected by the employees of the company

Mr. Michael Hanahoe (ex-officio)

Port Company

Name of Director

Date Appointed

Recommended/Nominated

Galway Harbour Company

Mr. Eamon Bradshaw (C)

25 April 2002

Ms Anna O'Coinne

25 April 2002

Mr. Raymond Rooney

25 April 2002

Mr. Tom McElwain

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of Shipping

Ms Ann McElroy (E)

25 April 2002

Nominated by the employees of the port company

Ms Marie Cleary

21 May 2002

Cllr. Angela Lupton

2 March 2002

Nominated by Galway City Council

Cllr. Paul Colleran

3 August 1999

Nominated by Galway City Council

Cllr. Michael Regan

26 July 1999

Nominated by Galway County Council

Mr. Martin Connolly

4 December 1998

Mr. Tom O'Neill (ex-officio)

New Ross Port Company

Mr. Mark Minihan (C)

25 April 2002

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland

Cllr. Joan Murphy

25 April 2002

Mr. Edward Whelan

25 April 2002

Mr. Tom Clarkin

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Martin Murphy

25 April 2002

Mr. Paddy Doyle

25 April 2002

Ms Ann Wall

25 April 2002

Mr. Pat Nolan (E)

25 April 2002

Cllr. Jimmy Curtis

3 March 2002

Nominated by Wexford County Council

Cllr. Francis Ryan

3 March 2002

Nominated by New Ross City Council

Cllr. Dixie Doyle

3 March 2002

Nominated by Kilkenny County Council

Lt. Cdr. Tom Meehan (ex-officio)

There is currently one vacancy on the board of the Galway Harbour Company which is expected to be filled in the near future.

Port Company

Name of Director

Date Appointed

Recommended/Nominated

Shannon Foynes Port Company

Mr. Kieran MacSweeney (C)

25 April 2002

IBEC

Cllr. John Griffin

25 April 2002

Cllr. Ned O'Sullivan

25 April 2002

Mr. John Dundon

25 April 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of Shipping

Ms Suzanne Bugler

25 April 2002

Mr. Morgan Leahy

25 April 2002

Cllr. Kevin Sheahan

3 March 2002

Cllr. Kieron O'Hanlon

3 March 2002

Cllr. Pat Keane

3 March 2002

Port of Waterford Company

Mr. Ben Gavin (C)

11 January 1999

Mr. Michael Flynn

11 January 1999

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland

IBEC

Ms Margaret Kent

11 January 1999

Mr. David Lane

11 January 1999

Mr. Maurice Lonergan

11 January 1999

Mr. Max Morris

11 January 1999

Mr. Patrick Murphy

11 January 1999

Irish Exporters Association

Mr. Padraig O'Griofa

11 January 1999

Cllr. Robert Aylward

11 January 1999

Nominated by Kilkenny County Council

Cllr. John Carey

27 August 1999

Nominated by Waterford County Council

Cllr. Maurice Cummins

11 January 1999

Nominated by Waterford City Council

Mr. John Clancy (ex-officio)

Elections are due to be held for the election of two employee directors to the Shannon Foynes Port Company in the near future.

Port Company

Name of Director

Date Appointed

Recommended/Nominated

Dundalk Port Company

Mr. Pierce Hanrahan (C)

9 May 2002

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland

Mr. Jim Cousins

9 May 2002

Mr. Frank Allen

9 May 2002

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland

Ms Marna Fleming

9 May 2002

Mr. Pat McHugh MCC

9 May 2002

Mr. Leo McAuley

9 May 2002

IBEC

Mr. Fergus Murphy

9 May 2002

Mr. Michael McCabe (E)

9 May 2002

IMPACT

Mr. Noel Lennon

9 May 2002

Nominated by Dundalk City Council

Mr. Sean Kenna

9 May 2002

Nominated by Dundalk City Council

Cllr. Seamus Keelan

9 May 2002

Nominated by Dundalk City Council

Wicklow Port Company

Mr. Fachtna Whittle (C)

10 May 2002

Mr. Brendan Newsome

10 May 2002

IBECChambers of Commerce of Ireland

Mr. Roy Conway

10 May 2002

Irish Ship Agents AssociationIrish Chamber of ShippingIrish Chamber Shipping

Mr. William Power

10 May 2002

Mr. Stephen Kearon

10 May 2002

Mr. Pat Doyle

10 May 2002

Wicklow Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Charlie Byrne

10 May 2002

Mr. Kitt Dunne (E)

10 May 2002

ICTU

Cllr. Liam Kavanagh

10 May 2002

Nominated by Wicklow County Council

Cllr. Denis Teevan

10 May 2002

Nominated by Wicklow City Council

Cllr. John O'Brien

10 May 2002

Nominated by Wicklow City Council

There is currently no chief executive officer at Dundalk Port Company or Wicklow Port Company, accordingly there are noex-officio directors on the port company boards at present.
Question No. 184 answered with Question No. 180.