Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (603, 604, 605)

Shane Ross

Question:

603. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [8112/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

604. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [8130/13]

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Shane Ross

Question:

605. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [8148/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 603 to 605, inclusive, together.

Since May 2011, a notification has been placed on my Department’s website inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the boards of State Bodies under the aegis of my Department. On 7 September 2012 last, I placed an advertisement in the National Newspapers inviting expressions of interest. All expressions of interest lapse at the end of the calendar year.

In making any board appointments, I am not necessarily confined to those who make such expressions of interest but ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant mix of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the relevant board.

In the case of a number of bodies, some board appointments, while made by me, are not at my sole discretion and, instead, individuals are nominated for appointment by me by various organisations as specified in the relevant statute. These are the Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board, Bord Bia, Teagasc, National Milk Agency, Veterinary Council of Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland.

The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in the table below as at 19 February 2013:

Body/Agency

No of Board Members

No of Board appointments since March 2011

Name

Date Appointed

Qualifications

‘Expression of Interest’ appointments

Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board

7

4

Brendan Brice

Camilla Keane

Sean Murphy

Michael Sweeney

9 November 2011

23 February 2012

1 January 2013

1 January 2013

Chartered Civil Engineer

Natural Environment Researcher and Caseworker Officer

CEO NUTRECO(Ireland)-Fishfeed for Fish Farming.

Operations Manager-Odlum Group

Agricultural Consultant in rural and alternative industrial development

None-nominations made by prescribed organisations from which Minister made appointments

Michael Carey (Chair)

19 November 2011

An Bord Bia

15

10

( including the Chair)

Gary Brown

Michael Cronin

Rhona Holland

John Kingston

Brody Sweeney

John Comer

Mary J Byrne

John Bryan

John Horgan

7 October 2011

7 October 2011

7 October 2011

7 October 2011

7 October 2011

7 February 2012

28 March 2012

24 March 2012

7 December 2012

EX Chairman Jacob’s Fruitfield

CEO Below the Line Marketing

Dairy Sector

Marketing Director Global Intelligence

Dairy /Beef Farmer

Consumer Foods

President ICMSA

Principal Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine

President IFA

Chief Executive Kepak

None-nominations made by prescribed organisations from which Minister made appointments

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

6

1

Kieran Calnan (Chair)

13 June 2012

Currently President of SWS Ltd and was previously Senior Manager and CEO with same company

None

Philip Meaney (Chair)

12 April 2011

Bord na gCon

7

6

( including the Chair)

Matt Murphy

Brendan Moore

Tim Gilbert

Tony McNamee

William O’Dwyer

2 December 2011

2 December 2011

2 December 2011

2 December 2011

12 June 2012

Appointments made at Minister’s discretion from persons with an interest in grey hound racing.

None

Brendan McKenna (Chair)

8 October 2012

Coillte

9

3

( including the Chair)

Oliver McCabe

David Gunning

24 October 2011

- Resigned from board with effect from 1 November 2012

25 May 2012

Formerly Chief Executive of Abbott Ireland Manufacturing Operations and is a past President of the Chambers of Commerce Ireland. He has previously served as Chairman of Coillte from 26 June 2002 to 25 June 2007 and from 9 October 2007 to 8 October 2012.

Appointed as a worker representative

Chief Executive of Coillte since July 2006 and has previously served as a Director on the Board from 25 July 2006 until 24 July 2011.

None

Horse Racing Ireland

14

3

Noel Meade

Neville O’Byrne

Mary O’Connor

8 February 2012

8 February 2012

8 February 2012

All nominations from the Horse Racing industry

None

Irish National Stud

7

0

-

-

-

-

Marine Institute

9

2

Paul Hyde

David Owen

1 June 2012

4 December 2012

Architect

Chartered Accountant

Both appointments were from ‘expressions of interest’

National Milk Agency

14 including Chair

6

Elected Members

Denis Fagan

Eamonn McEnteggart

Padraig Mulligan

Timothy Cashman

Jerome Crowley

Nominated Members

Eoghan Sweeney

23 January 2012

23 January 2012

23 January 2012

23 January 2012

23 January 2012

23 January 2012

Producer representatives are elected to the board of the National Milk Agency. Other members are nominated by various interest bodies.

None

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

3

1

Dr Susan Steele

With effect from

4 March 2013

Zoology graduate

Yes

Teagasc

11

4

Thomas Cooke

Dr Karina Pierce

Brendan Gleeson

Tom Tynan

5 October 2011

9 January 2013

9 January 2013

9 January 2013

Farmer and ICMSA representative

Lecturer in Dairy Production in UCD’s School of Agriculture

Principal Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Senior Manager in Origin Enterprises, Aryzta AG, (formerly IAWS Group plc) and Golden Vale plc

3 of the appointments were from ‘expressions of interest’

Veterinary Council

19

6

Michael Sheahan

Peadar Ó’Scanaill

Michael Sadlier

Deirdre Campion

Martin Blake

Crionna Creagh

1 January 2012

1 January 2012

1 January 2012

1 January 2012

21 December 2011

27 August 2012

All must be registered veterinary practitioners and elected by the membership

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

LLB (Hons); MA Medical Law & Ethics appointed by the Minister in accordance with Section 16(1) and Section 17(2) of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 after the National Consumer Agency did not furnish a nomination.

None

No appointments to the following State Bodies have been made since March 2011:

- Irish National Stud

- National Milk Agency – members elected rather than appointed

Directors of State Bodies who are officials of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine do not receive board fees.

Book Makers Appeal Committee

5

1

(Chair)

Peter Allen

17 November 2011

Solicitor

None

Book Makers Appeal Committee Chair shall be a judge or a practising barrister or solicitor of at least 7 years standing.

19 February 2013