Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (122, 123)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

126 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Finance if he will outline the total number of appointments to State boards since March 2011 under the aegis of his Department; the total number of appointments that have been advertised on his Department’s website; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35607/12]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

127 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Finance the number of chairpersons appointed to State boards since March 2011 that have appeared before the relevant Oireachtas Joint Committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35620/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 126 and 127 together.

In response to the Deputy's question the following are details of appointments made to bodies under the aegis of my Department Since March 2011.

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Dr. Angela McNamara 07 Nov 2011

Dr. McNamara was reappointed to the Board.

Fiscal Advisory Council

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Mr. Sebastian BarnesProfessor Alan BarrettDr. Donal DonovanProfessor John McHaleDr. Roisin O’Sullivan Appointed 07 Jul 2012

As Minister for Finance I announced the establishment of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council on a non-statutory basis on 7 July 2011. The Council is part of a wider agenda of reform of Ireland’s budgetary architecture which is envisaged in the Programme for Government and is a requirement of the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland. When establishing the Council, I stated that the Council would be an independent body whose existence and independence would be underpinned by legislation to be brought forward by Government in the Fiscal Responsibility Bill.The Chairman did not undergo interview by Oireachtas Committee but the Fiscal Council appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on 17 November 2011 to discuss their first fiscal assessment report published in October.I appointed the members having regard to a number of criteria including the desirability of having a mix of appropriate backgrounds (academia, the financial sector/financial markets and public finance), macroeconomic/microeconomic expertise and a strong international dimension, as well as the need to take gender considerations into account. I am satisfied that the appointed members have the mix of skills and experience, including in relation to fiscal affairs, to ensure that the Council will be highly effective in fulfilling its mandate. The Fiscal Responsibility Bill will include provisions for the appointment of members once the Council is on a statutory footing.

Board of National Asset Management Agency

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Mr. John Mulcahy Appointed 12 Mar 2012

He was not appointed under the new procedures for board appointments. His appointment was a National Asset Management Agency Executive Appointment. Mr. Mulcahy is head of Asset Management within the National Asset Management Agency.

National Treasury Management Agency Advisory Committee

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Mr. John Moran 6 Mar 2012

Post was not advertised because it has been the norm to appoint the Secretary General of the Department of Finance to the Advisory Committee since the establishment of the National Treasury Management Agency.

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Mr. Maurice Keane Appointed 5 Feb 2012

Post was not advertised as it was a reappointment.

State Claims Agency Policy Advisory Committee

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Dr. Noel WhelanMs Wendy ThompsonMr. Charlie HardyMr. Fachtna Murphy Appointed 1 Jul 2012

The vacancies were advertised on the websites of the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.Dr. Whelan was reappointed as Chairperson. He has not appeared before the relevant Joint Oireachtas Committee.

Irish Bank Resolution Company (IBRC)

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Details

Mr. Oliver Ellingham *Appointed 14 Oct 2011Mr. Roger McGreal *Appointed 15 Nov 2011

As specific skills are required due to the nature of the business model at IBRC it was decided on this occasion not to proceed with the public advertisement of the vacancies. The current chairman was appointed to the Board prior to March 2011.* The Directors of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation were appointed by the board of the bank with my approval.