Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (180)

Charlie McConalogue


184 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills 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. [35605/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The table below provides the relevant details of all appointments (and re-appointments) made to bodies under the aegis of my Department since my appointment as Minister on the 9th of March, 2011.

In accordance with Government policy, expressions of interest have been sought through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for appointment to the following boards of Bodies operating under the aegis of my Department.

Leárgas Ltd — The Exchange Bureau The Higher Education Authority The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland (to be newly established) The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) The State Examinations Commission (SEC) The Teaching Council.

To date appointments have not been made to the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland.

Vacancies on other boards of Bodies under the aegis of my Department that arise during 2012 will continue to be advertised on my Department's website. The Deputy should note that in making any direct Ministerial appointments, I am not necessarily confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant skills and competencies for the positions.

Breakdown of appointments since March 2011

Agency Name

Number Appointments /re-appointments


An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)

2 appointments

Kevin De BarraDaithi Sims

Education Finance Board

2 re-appointments7 appointments

Mr. Sean Benton (Chairperson)Mr. Peter OrmondMr. Stephen McCarthyMs Norah GibbonsMs Inez BaileyMs Bernadette FahyMs Marian DunningtonMr. James QuinnMs Dolores Rooney

Foras Áiseanna Saothair

1 appointment

Mr. Michael Moriarty

Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)

11 re-appointments (See Note 1)

Mr. Donal O’Rourke (Chairperson)Dr. Padraig WalshMs Margaret O’ConnellMr. Rory O’SullivanMr. Joseph O’LearyMs Deirdre KeyesMs Bridie DalyMs Margaret MernaghMr. John MulcahyMr. Tony PetitMs Shira Mehiman

Grangegorman Development Agency

4 appointments (See Note 2)

Mr. John Monahan (Chairperson)Mr. Damien KilgannonMr. Jim CurranCouncillor Aine Clancy

Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)

2 appointments8 re-appointments (See Note 1)

Dr. Maria Hinfelaar (1st appointed 9/6/2011)Mr. Aengus Ó Maoláin (1st appointed 1/7/2011)Prof. Séamus Smyth (Chairperson)Dr. Finola Doyle-O’NeillDr. Marion PalmerDr. Íde Ní FhaoláinMs Mary Mc GlynnDr. Diarmuid O’Callaghan

Higher Education Authority

7 appointments3 re-appointments

Mr. John LogueProf. Anthony StainesMs Siobhan HarkinMr. Gordan RyanMs Kathleen Lough (re-appointed)Mr. Paddy CosgraveDr. Brian ThornesDr. Mary Canning (re-appointed)Mr. Bahram BekheradniaDr. Jim Mountjoy

Irish Research Council

12 appointments

Dr. David Lloyd (Chair)Prof. John BrewerMr. Ivan CoulterProf. Anita MaguireProf. Orla FeelyProf. Alan SmeatonDr. Thomas CooneyProf. Caroline FennellProf. Rowena PeccheninoProf. Sheila GreeneProf. Sean RyderDr. Eucharia Meehan


7 appointments1 re-appointments

Mr. Michael McLoughlin (Chair)Ms Fidelma CollinsMr. Hugh MacConvilleMr. Stephen GouldingMs Gillian BoyleMs Geraldine SkellyMr. Cormac DoranMs Catherine Hazlett

National Council for Curriculumand Assessment

25 appointments

Brigid McManus (Chairperson)Declan Kellehen, (Vice Chairperson)Michael Redmond (Vice Chairperson)Clive ByrneDeirbhile Nic CraithMarie GriffinNóirín HayesChristina HenehanPhilip IrwinBernie JudgeDr. Daire KeoghMarie Therese KilmartinMary LillisPádraig MacFhlannchadhaDr. Rose MaloneHilary McBainPatricia McCrossanDr. Kara McGannJim MooreMichael O’BrienSeán Ó CoinnBryan O’ReillySr. Betty O’RiordanBríd Uí RiordánEileen Salmon

National Council for Special Education

1 appointment

Ms Maureen Costello

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

1 appointment5 re-appointments (See Note 1)

Mr. John LogueProf. Anne ScottMs Marie BourkeMr. Eamon DevoyMs Audry DeaneMr. Tony Donohue

State Examinations Commission

5 Appointments

Mr. Richard Langford (Chair)Mr. Joe Harrison (Deputy Chair)Mr. Martin CarneyDr. Brian FlemingDr. Caroline Hussey

Skillnets Ltd


Mr. Mícheál Ó Fiannachta

Teaching Council


Michael Ó Gríofa (Chair)Dympna MulkerrinsEimear Marie ColeBrid Ní RaghallaighJohn ConlonCatherine O’ConnorMilo WalshDerbhile De PaorDiarmuid Ó MurchúMs Anne McElduffMr. Declan KelleherLily CroninChristopher MaginnNoel BuckleyBernadine O’SullivanFergal McCarthyMarie HumphriesKieran ChristieMr. Michael BarryMs Elaine DevlinMr. Bernie RuaneMr. Michael GillespieProf Michael HayesMs Marie McLoughlinDr. Andrew McGradyDr. Joe O’HaraMs Eileen FlynnDr. Ken FennellyMs Joan RussellMr. Patrick McVicarMs Áine LynchEleanor PetrieMarie ClarkeFrank TurpinDr. Séan RowlandDeirdre MatthewsBrendan McCabe

Note 1: The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) are to be merged to form a new body to be known as the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland (QQAAI) in the coming months.

Note 2: Mr. John Monahan was a current board member appointed to the position of Chairperson of the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) on the 10/7/2012