Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (434)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

434. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [11468/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

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 5 March 2013:

Body/Agency

No of Board Members

No of Board appointments since March 2011

Name

Date Appointed

‘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

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

An Bord Bia

15

10

( including the Chair)

Michael Carey (Chair)

19 November 2011

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

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

8 February 2012

28 March 2012

24 March 2012

7 December 2012

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

6

1

Kieran Calnan (Chair)

13 June 2012

None

Bord na gCon

7

6

( including the Chair)

Philip Meaney (Chair)

12 April 2011

None

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

Coillte

9

3

( including the Chair)

Brendan McKenna (Chair)

8 October 2012

None

Oliver McCabe

David Gunning

24 October 2011

- Resigned from board with effect from 1 November 2012

25 May 2012

Horse Racing Ireland

14

3

Noel Meade

Neville O’Byrne

Mary O’Connor

8 February 2012

8 February 2012

8 February 2012

None

Irish National Stud

7

1

Matt Dempsey

28 February 2013

None

Marine Institute

9

3

Paul Hyde

David Owen

Prof Patricia Barker

1 June 2012

4 December 2012

19 February 2013

Two 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

None

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

3

1

Dr Susan Steele

4 March 2013

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

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

None

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

- 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.

* Appointed directly by the Minister as provided under Section 17 (2) of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 as the National Consumer Agency chose not to furnish a nomination