Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (594, 595, 596)

Shane Ross

Question:

594. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Defence 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. [8116/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

595. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Defence 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. [8134/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

596. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Defence 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. [8152/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 594 to 596, inclusive, together.

The Army Pensions Board is the only State Board under the aegis of my Department.

The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act, 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners. The Army Pensions Act 1927 specifies that one of the ordinary members must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non-military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance. The Army Medical Corps ordinary member is appointed by the Minister for Defence on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

The position of Army Medical Corps ordinary member became vacant due to retirement in 2011, and I appointed Commandant Adam Lagun to the Board on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff. Details of Commandant Lagun's appointment to the Army Pensions Board were published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 13 January 2012.

The Civil Defence Board was identified in the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished. I appointed an interim Board as a temporary measure from 2011 and in this context none of the positions were advertised. Legislation was passed by the Oireachtas in December 2012 for the dissolution of the Board and the transfer of its functions back to the Department of Defence.

Membership of the interim Board appointed in 2011 is set out in the following table:

Name

Nominating Bodies

Civil Defence Board Chairperson

Mr. Brian Spain

Director, Department of Defence

Nominated by Minister for Defence

Civil Defence Board Members

Mr. Cathal Duffy

Principal Officer, Department of Defence

Nominated by the Minister for Defence

Ms. Clare Tiernan

Principal Officer, Department of Defence

Nominated by the Minister for Defence

Mr. Robert Mooney

Principal Officer, Department of Defence

Nominated by the Minister for Defence

Mr. Bill Smith

Director General, Civil Defence Board

Appointed as Director General, Civil Defence Board

Mr. Ned Gleeson

County Manager, Limerick City Council

Nominated by City & County Managers Association

Mr. Keith Leonard

Assistant Fire Advisor

Nominated by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government

Dr. Barbara Rafferty

Nominated by Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Ms. Becci Cantrell

Nominated by the Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Veronica Forde

Assistant Civil Defence Officer

Nominated by the Civil Defence Officers Association

Lt. Col. Tony Kelly

SSO, Defence Forces

Nominated by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces

Chief Superintendent Orla Mc Partlin

An Garda Síochána

Nominated by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána

Mr. Fergal Conroy

Elected volunteer member of Civil Defence

Ms. Eileen Joyce

Elected staff member of the Civil Defence Board