Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (560, 561)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

560. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will itemise in tabular form the occasions on which his Department has engaged the services of external professional advice such as a company (details supplied) on the appointment of persons to State boards; if he will list the fees paid in respect of such services; the persons who were ultimately appointed on foot of advice received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4980/14]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

561. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will identify any instance where a person appointed to a State board after recruitment advice was received from professional external consultants was subsequently deemed to be unqualified for the duties and responsibilities attached to the role; the costs incurred in obtaining advice in respect of each such instance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4996/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 560 and 561 together.

My Department has not used the company named or professional external recruitment consultants to assist with the appointment of directors to State Boards under the aegis of my Department.