Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (490)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

504 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government 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. [35606/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

Up to 3 July 2012, the latest date for which information is available, the position is as follows:

Agency / Board

Name of Appointee(Chairperson highlighted)

Position Advertised

An Bord Pleanála

Dr. Mary Kelly (Chairperson)

Yes

Mr. Conall Boland (Deputy Chairperson)

No

Ms Mary MacMahon

No

Mr. Michael Leary

No

Mr. Nicholas Mulcahy

No

Mr. Gabriel Dennison

No

Mr. Paddy Keogh

No

Building Regulation Advisory Board

Mr. Aidan O’Connor (Departmental representative)

No

Mr. Paul Kelly

No

Mr. Conor Taaffe

No

Dormant Accounts Board

Mr. Michael Morley (Chairperson)

No (reappointed)

Mr. Des Gunning

No (reappointed)

Dublin Docklands Development Authority*

Dr. Niamh Brennan

No (reappointed)

Mr. Niall Coveney

No (reappointed)

Mr. Dónall Curtin

No (reappointed)

Ms Yvonne Farrell

No (reappointed)

Mr. Mark Griffin (Departmental Representative)

No (reappointed)

Mr. Brendan Malone

No (reappointed)

Ms Catherine Mullarkey

No (reappointed)

Dublin Docklands Development Authority*

Mr. John Tierney (Chairperson) Dublin City Manager

No

Mr. Gerry Grimes

No

Mr. Philip Matthews

No

Ms Lucy McCaffrey

No

Mr. Charlie Murphy

No

Ms Imelda Reynolds

No

Mr. Michael Stubbs

No

Mr. Frank Walsh

No

Environmental Protection Agency

Ms Laura Burke (Director General)

Yes

Housing Finance Agency

Dr. Michelle Norris (Chairperson)

Yes

Mr. John Hogan (Department of Finance nominee)

No

Mr. Phillip Nugent (Departmental representative)

No

Ms Jackie Maguire (CCMA Representative)

No

Mr. Colm Brophy

Yes

Mr. Michael Murray

Yes

Mr. Padraic Cafferty

Yes

Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes

Yes

Mr. Jim Miley

No

Ms Michelle Murphy Lawless

No

Mr. Gerry Leahy

No

Irish Water Safety

Ms Breda Collins (Chairperson)

Yes

Mr. John Considine

Yes

Mr. Michael Cuddihy

Yes

Mr. Tom Doyle

Yes

Mr. Brendan McGrath

Yes

Mr. Paul Murphy

Yes

Mr. Seamus O’Neill

Yes

Mr. Martin O’Sullivan

Yes

Ms Anne Ryan

Yes

Ms Lola O’Sullivan

Yes

Mr. Christy McDonagh

Yes

Mr. Tim O’Sullivan (Departmental representative)

No

Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

Mr. Rich Howlin (Chairperson)

No

Mr. John O’Connor

No

Mr. Eddie Lewis (Departmental representative)

No

Ms Marie McLaughlin (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Representative)

No

Mr. Peter Carey County Manager Laois County Council

No

Ms Ann McGuinness Retired County Manager, Westmeath County Council

No

Local Government Computer Services Board

Mr. Eddie Breen (Chairperson) County Manager Wexford County Council

No

Mr. Michael Malone County Manager Kildare County Council

No

Mr. Barry Quinlan (Departmental representative)

No

Mr. Enda Holland (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Representative)

No

Local Government Management Services Board

Mr. Eddie Breen (Chairperson) County Manager Wexford County Council

No

Mr. Donal Enright (Departmental representative)

No

Mr. Michael Malone County Manager Kildare County Council

No

Mr. Barry Quinlan (Departmental representative)

No

National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee

Mr. Tom Coughlan County Manager Clare County Council

No

Private Residential Tenancies Board

Mr. Tim Ryan

Yes

Ms Tricia Sheehy Skeffington

Yes

Ms Paula O’Reilly (Departmental representative)

No

Radiological Protection Institute Ireland

Professor William Reville (Chairperson) Professor of Biochemistry UCC (Retired)

Yes

Dr. Paraic James Senior Lecturer, DCU

Yes

Dr. Maurice Fitzgerald Dental Council

No

Dr. Patricia Cunningham Consultant Radiologist

No

*The board of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority was reappointed from 1 May 2012 and replaced by a new board from 1 June 2012 which will continue in place until 31 December 2013.

A notice was placed on my Department's website on 19 July, 2011 seeking expressions of interest, from suitably qualified and experienced persons, for consideration as members or chairpersons of the boards of state bodies under the aegis of my Department. The notice is updated regularly as specific vacancies arise. However, expressions of interest can be made at any time and are kept on file in my Department for consideration as vacancies occur.

All appointments are made in accordance with the appropriate legislation governing appointments to each body. In considering applications due regard is had to Government policy regarding gender balance on State Boards.

A number of different statutory processes are involved in appointments to State boards. In some cases statutory selection procedures must be followed or nominations must be sought from independent nominating panels before appointments are made by the Government or by the Minister. In a number of situations, only some appointments to the body concerned are made by the Minister, or appointments are made with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

The Boards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Bord Pleanála are executive in nature and members are employed on a full time salaried basis. The appointments as Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála and Director General of the EPA were made by Government following competitions held by the Public Appointments Service.

The Chair of the Board for the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (HSCA) has been re-appointed on an interim basis pending the imminent, formal establishment of the Agency under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Acts 1971 to 2012.

The Dormant Accounts Board has now been dissolved under the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act, 2012.

The following members were appointed to the Board of Pobal, a not-for-profit company under the aegis of my Department, by Government:

Mr. Séamus Boland (Chair)

Mr. Thomas Maguire

Mr. Liam Keane

Ms Siobhan McLoughlin

Ms Jennifer McHugh

Ms Marie Hurley

Article 3 of the Articles of Association of Pobal requires the Minister to consider nominations received from a list of stakeholders and the Social Partners defined by Government in 2005. The list comprises:

National Social Partners,

Social Partners party to the Sustaining Progress Agreement; and Stakeholders,

Area and Community Partnership,

County Childcare Committees, and

City and County Managers Association.

A consultation process was conducted and 22 nominations received from the Stakeholders and the National Social Partners were considered for purposes of the Government appointments to the vacant positions on the board.