Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

67 Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Taoiseach 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. [35612/12]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

Since coming into office on 9 March 2011, I have made appointments to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), as set out in the tables beneath. The appointments are made in accordance with the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006 and S.I. No. 603 of 2010, National Economic and Social Council (Alteration of Composition) Order 2010.

NESC Board Membership

Name

Organisation

Date ofAppointment

Mr. Martin Fraser, Chairperson of NESC

Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

August 2011

Mr. John Shaw, Deputy Chairperson of NESC

Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach

January 2012

Prof. Edgar Morgenroth

Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute

June 2011

Prof. John McHale

Economist, National University of Ireland, Galway

June 2011

Prof. Mary Daly

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast

June 2011

Prof. Anna Davis

Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin

June 2011

Prof. Seán Ó Riain

Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

June 2011

Dr. Michael O’Sullivan

Head of UK Research and Global Asset Allocation, Credit Suisse, London

June 2011

Ms Mary Walsh

Chartered Accountant

June 2011

Dr. Michelle Morris

Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin.

July 2011

Mr. Shay Cody

IMPACT

September 2011

Mr. John Murphy

Secretary General, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

November 2011

Mr. Seán Ó Foghlú

Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills

February 2012

Mr. John Moran

Secretary General, Department of Finance

March 2012

NESDO Board Membership

Name

Organisation

Date ofAppointment

Mr. Martin Fraser, Chairperson of NESDO

Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

August 2011

Mr. John Shaw, Deputy Chairperson of NESDO

Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach

January 2012

These appointments were made following careful consideration of the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise relevant to the functions of the NESC and NESDO. The independent nominations to NESC were not advertised last year, as I was satisfied with the quality of nominees already compiled in my Department which are mainly from the academic sector. However, it may be appropriate to advertise the positions in the future and this can be considered when further nominations to NESC need to be made.

In the case of the NESC, I appoint members on the basis of nominations from business and employer interests, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, farming and agricultural interests, the community and voluntary sector and the environmental sector. The question of advertising does not arise. I appointed five public servants of whom one represented the Taoiseach and one represented the Minister for Finance. Historically, the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson posts are filled from my Department at Secretary General and Assistant Secretary level.

Finally, I appointed the independents in June and July last year.