Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Questions (426)

Richard Bruton


461 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the membership of State agencies under his Department; if any board members have served more than two terms; if there are cases where a chief executive subsequently became chairman; if one or more members of the audit committee in each case has specific financial expertise; and if the companies disclose necessary action to remedy significant failings in internal controls. [6015/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

Eleven Bodies come under the aegis of my Department. The table sets out the current membership of each of these Bodies together with details of those members who have served for two terms or more.


Current Membership

Members — More than two terms


Dr Noel Cawley (Chair), Prof Patrick Fottrell, Margaret Sweeney, James J. Brett, Martin Heraghty, Derek Deane, Padraig Gibbons, Frank O’Mahony, Stephen Flynn, Joe Fitzgerald

Prof Patrick Fottrell

Bord Bia

Dan Browne (Chair), Jackie Cahill, Ray Carolan, Noel Cawley, Vincent Cleary, Paul Cusack, Kieran Dunne, Frank Hayes, Joe Hyland, Katherine O’Leary, Brid Rogers,

Noel Cawley

Irish National Stud Company

Lady O’Reilly (Chair), Trevor Stewart, Mick Leavy, Dermot Weld, Patricia O’Kelly, John Osborne, Jim Beecher

Lady O’Reilly, Dermot Weld, Patricia O’Kelly, Jim Beecher

National Milk Agency

Denis Murphy (Chair), Eamonn Bray, Gerome Crowley, Donal Kelleher, Padraig Mulligan, Donal Murphy, George Kearns, John O’Callaghan, Tony O’Driscoll, Frank Tobin, Walter Maloney, John Foster, Richard Donohue, Michael Kilcoyne

Eamonn Bray, Donal Kelleher, Padraig Mulligan, George Kearns, John O’Callaghan, Walter Maloney, John Foster, Richard Donohue, Michael Kilcoyne

Coillte Teoranta

Brendan McKenna (Chair) David Gunning, Eugene Griffin, Dr Yvonne Scannell, Breffni Byrne, Alma Kelly, Frank Toal, Grainne Hannon, Philip Lynch



Michael Lynn (Chair), Pat Hennessy, John Joe O’Boyle, Michael Glennon, Willie Fitzgerald, John McCarthy, Donal Whelan, Tim Crowley, Pierce Buckley, Nuala Ní Fhlatharta, Dympna Furlong, Diarmuid McAree


Veterinary Council of Ireland

Barbara Bent, Meta Osborne, Lindy Vaughan, Deirdre Champion, Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Grace Mulcahy, Melanie O’Donoghue, Seamus Quinn, PJ Rogan, John O’Rourke, William Cashman, Donal Connolly, Sean O’Laoide, Timothy F O’Leary, Patrick J Talty, Thomas Hanley, Joseph P Cassidy, Finbar Mulligan; Fergus Gallagher

Meta Osborne, Lindy Vaughan, PJ Rogan, John O’Rourke, Donal Connolly, Timothy O’Leary, Patrick Talty, Thomas Hanley

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Rose McHugh (Chair), Seamus Dooley, Enda Bonner, Robert Molloy, Ivan S. Coulter, Michael Dempsey


Marine Institute

Jim Fennell (Chair), Terry Fleming, Dairine McFadden, Eleanor O’Higgins, Bernie Hannigan, Michael Walsh, Richie Flynn


Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

Peter Whelan (Chair), Andrew Kinneen, Michael O’Mahony


Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board

Mark O’Connell (Chair), Mario Minehane, Sean Murphy, Lorcán Ó’Cinnéide, Karin Dubsky, Damian McDonald, Deirdre MacGabhann

Mario Minehane, Sean Murphy, Lorcán Ó Cinnéide

In respect of Chief Executive Officers subsequently serving as Chairperson's of that Board, only one instance can be found. Brendan Kelly who resigned from Bord Iascaigh Mhara in April 1981 served in the duel role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board.

Under the Code of Practice for State Bodies, each Chairperson in addition to the provision of an annual report and accounts, is obliged to provide the Minister with a comprehensive report covering that Body's activities. This report includes affirmation that all appropriate procedures for financial reporting, internal audit, procurement and asset disposals are being carried out and were necessary, an explanation for failure to comply with these requirements and stating any corrective action taken or contemplated.