Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (245, 246, 247)

Shane Ross

Question:

245. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Finance the details of all appointments made by him to all State agencies, commercial bodies and all other appointments made by him since taking office, including the State owned banks and the judiciary. [8119/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

246. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Finance the details of the qualifications of all the appointees made by him to all State agencies, commercial bodies and all other appointments made by him since taking office including the State owned banks and judiciary for the appointments they have accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8137/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

247. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Finance the number of appointees and the percentage of appointments made by him to all State agencies, commercial bodies and all other appointments made by him since taking office including the State owned banks and the Judiciary that were subject to a public applications process.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8155/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245, 246 and 247 together.

In response to the Deputy's question the information in relation to appointments made by me since March 2011 are as follows:

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointment process

Dr Angela McNamara

7 Nov 2011

Medical Doctor

There was no public applications process for this appointment.

Board of National Asset Management Agency

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Mr. John Mulcahy

Appointed 12 Mar 2012

Mr Mulcahy is a member of the Credit Committee, Finance & Operating Committee, Risk Management Committee and Planning Advisory Committee. Mr Mulcahy is a chartered surveyor and has worked in all aspects of the property industry for over 40 years, most recently concentrating on property investment and asset management

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

Qualifications

Appointments process

Mr John A Moran

6 March 2012

Secretary General of the Department of Finance.

The Secretary General of the Department of Finance is by convention appointed to the Advisory Committee. Expressions of interest were not sought on this basis.

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Mr Maurice Keane

Reappointed 5 February 2012

Retired, Group Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland.

Mr. Keane was re-appointed in accordance with Section 7 of the National Pensions Reserve Fund Act 2000.

State Claims Agency Policy Advisory Committee

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Dr. Noel Whelan

(re-appointed 1 July 2012)

Mr. Fachtna Murphy

Appointed 1 July 2012

Ms.Wendy Thompson

Appointed 1 July 2012

Mr. Charlie Hardy

Appointed 1 July 2012

Former Secretary of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Economic Planning and Development, former Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. Currently Vice-President and Dean of the University of Limerick.

Formerly the Garda Commissioner. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Police Management and a Diploma in Management & Industrial Relations.

Currently the Insurance & Litigation Manager for the Railway Procurement Authority. She has served on a number of boards, committees and steering groups.

Mr Hardy is the Principal Officer responsible for clinical indemnity issues in the Department of Health.

Expressions of interest were sought on the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform websites in June 2012 in respect of four vacancies that were filled on 1 July 2012.

National Development Finance Agency

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Mr. Robert Watt*

Mr. Gerry Murphy*

Ms. Petrina Smyth*

* July 2012

Mr Brian Murphy

(re-appointed December 2012

Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Chief Executive, Institutes of Technology Ireland and former head of PPP unit Department Education

Tax Partner in a multinational Law firm.

Director, National Treasury Management Agency

Expressions of interest were sought on the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform websites in June 2012.

As the Chief Executive of NDFA Mr Murphy is a Member of the Board

Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo)

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Mr. Bobby McVeigh

Appointed Chair of Board on 31 Aug 2012

Members of the Board appointed 31 Aug 2012:

Mr. Eoin McGettigan

Mr. Tom Kavanagh

Mr. Brendan Burke

Ms Kathleen Prendergast

Mr. Stephen O'Donovan

Mr. Joe O'Toole

Mr. Pat Fay

Mr. Jimmy Johnstone

Mr. Tim Molan

Mr. Kevin Johnson

Mr. Neil Ryan (Dept of Finance)

Ms Elaine Byrne (Central Bank of Ireland)

BA, BEd, CGC, MEd, CCD, CUDE, ICD.D

FCMA, MBA

BComm, FCA

FCCA

MBA, MBs, BSc

FCCA

BA, HDip Ed, FEIS

Irish league of Credit Unions (ILCU)

Irish League of

Credit Unions

(ILCU)BSc, H. Dip in Education, BSc in Mutual and Credit Union

Business

Credit Union Managers’ Association (CUMA)

BA, QFA

Credit Union Development Association (CUDA)

MBA, FIB, FSII

Department of Finance

Deputy Head, Registrar of Credit Unions

Chair was not required to go before Oireachtas Committees.

On 22 May 2012, the Minister for Finance gave his approval to proceed with the process of establishing the Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo). The ReBo comprises 13 members in total with nominations from the credit union representative bodies, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Department of Finance as well as six independent members (including a Chair).

The vacancies for independent members were advertised on the websites of the Department of Finance and the Public Appointments Service,

where expressions of interest were invited from the public.

Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Chairperson

Mr Justice Francis D Murphy

Deputy Chairperson

Ms Inge Clissman

Lay Members

Ms Paulyn Marrinan-Quinn

Ms Geraldine Clarke

Mr John Fish

Mr Liam Madden

Mr John Loughery

All of above were reappointed on 27th February 2012.

Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Lay Members of the Tribunal were all reappointed for a period of one year, on the 27 February 2012, under Section 57F of the Central Bank Act 1942 as amended by the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Act 2003, having already served a full five year term as Members of the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal.

Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson; the eligibility criteria being a former judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court or a barrister or solicitor of not less than 7 years standing.

Lay Members; the criteria being having special knowledge or skill in relation to the provision of financial services.

all members were already in situ and reappointed for a further year

Fiscal Advisory Council

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Professor John McHale (Chair)

Mr. Sebastian Barnes

Professor Alan Barrett

Dr. Donal Donovan,

Dr Roisin O'Sullivan

All of the above were appointed with effect from 7th July 2011

Professor McHale received Ph.D and A.M degrees from Harvard in 1996, and also holds first-class B.Comm. (1988) and M.Econ.Sc. (1990) degrees from the National University of Ireland.

Mr. Barnes holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in European Political Economy from the College of Europe (Bruges) and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Professor Barrett received his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1994.

Dr. Donovan holds a B.A. from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. O'Sullivan holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and received her Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University.

The Chairman and the Council members were not subject to public appointments process.

The Department did not seek expression of interest. The composition of a body such as a Fiscal Council is critical to its independence and credibility. In following the Common Principles recommendations, we sought candidates who hold valuable experience and demonstrate competence in their fields of expertise. A significant number of potential candidates were considered against a range of criteria. The criteria included the desire of having a mix of appropriate backgrounds, namely academia, the financial sector/financial markets and public finance; expertise in macroeconomic/microeconomic and a strong international dimension, in addition to the need to take gender considerations into account. As would be normal practice, the process by which potential nominees were identified, considered and selected involved officials from my Department. The final decisions regarding the appointments were made by me following consultations with Cabinet colleagues and others.

Board of Allied Irish Banks

Name of appointee/ Date of appointment or reappointment

Qualifications

Appointments process

Dr Michael Somers

Re-appointed 28 December 2012

B Comm, M.Econ.Sc Ph.D

According to AIB's 2011 published Annual Report - Dr Somers is former Chief Executive of the National Treasury Management Agency. He is Chairman of Goodbody Stockbrokers, a Non-Executive Director of Fexco Holdings Limited, Willis Group Holdings plc, Hewlett-Packard International Bank plc, the Institute of Directors, the European Investment Bank, St. Vincent's Healthcare Group Ltd, and President of the Ireland Chapter of the Ireland-US Council. He has previously held the posts of Secretary, National Debt Management, in the Department of Finance, and Secretary, Department of Defence. He is a former Chairman of the Audit Committee of the European Investment Bank and former Member of the EC Monetary Committee.

Dr Somers was Chairman of the group that drafted the National Development Plan 1989-1993 and of the European Community group that established the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD"). He was formerly a member of the Council of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

There was no public applications process for this appointment

In addition I also appointed Ms Mary Kenny and Mr Eoin Dorgan as special advisors in my own Department.