Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (247)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

247. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of appointments he has made from March 2011 to January 2013 to State boards; in the case of each appointment, the number of appointments that were made to members of the general public who submitted a curriculum vitae for the appointment; the number of direct appointments he made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11480/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

In response to the Deputy’s question I can confirm the following.

An Post National Lottery Board

There have been four appointees to the National Lottery Company Board from March 2011 up to January 2013. Two of the appointees were nominated by An Post and, in light of the fact that the term of the National Lottery License being due to expire in late 2013, two directors were re-appointed. Consequently, no appointments were made of members of the public who submitted Curriculum Vitae. The result is that there were four direct appointments.

Civil Service Arbitration Board

In the same period there have been five appointees to the Civil Service Arbitration Board. Appointments were made by Government following agreement with the staff side in accordance with the terms of the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme and will expire on 30 June 2014.

Public Appointments Service Board

In the same timeframe there have been eleven appointees to the Public Appointments Service Board who were all direct appointments. The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004 states that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (in consultation with Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice and Equality) should appoint members of the Board of the Public Appointments Service.

The Board is meant to be representative of our client base. The majority of the board is therefore civil or public servants, nominated by the relevant Minister. There is also a union representative nominated by ICTU. I reappointed the outgoing Chairman and the two external members were appointed because of their expertise in strategic change and public service recruitment respectively.