Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (539)

Finian McGrath

Question:

539. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Defence the reasons for the recent resignation of the Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Red Cross and if issues related to the corporate governance of the IRC were involved; his views on the progress of the IRC on the reform of its corporate governance arrangements; the progress to date on new legislation regarding the Red Cross; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9537/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The issue of the recent resignation of the Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Red Cross Society, who was elected to the Society’s General Assembly by his local Area, and to this position by the members of the General Assembly, is entirely a matter for the Society itself. I am satisfied that over the past two years the Society has made good progress in reforming its Corporate Governance arrangements.

The Programme for Government provides for the initiation of a detailed legal review of the basis, structures and governance of the Irish Red Cross to improve its functioning in the light of changing circumstances. My Department has commenced work on the review and I anticipate that this will result in a Red Cross Act (Amendment) Bill during the lifetime of this Government.