Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (405)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

405. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Defence 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. [11472/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Defence when the Government took office were the Civil Defence Board, the Army Pensions Board and the Board of Coiste an Asgard. The Civil Defence Board was established in 2003. I appointed an interim Board as a temporary measure from 2011 and in this context none of the positions were advertised. The Civil Defence Board was identified in the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished and 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 from 2011 is set out in the table below:

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

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 of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. I appoint the chairman and the non-military ordinary member with the concurrence of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. I appoint the Army Medical Corps ordinary member 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 have since appointed Commandant Adam Lagun to the Board on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff. The Army Pensions Act 1927 specifies that one of the ordinary members must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps.

In the context of settling the Estimates for the Department of Defence for 2010, the Government decided that the national sail training scheme operated by Coiste an Asgard would be discontinued as recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure. No appointments have been made since that decision was taken. All appointments to Boards under the aegis of my Department are in accordance with the relevant legislation or regulations.