Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (634, 635)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

634. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health 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. [4989/14]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

635. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health if he will identify any instances 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. [5005/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 634 and 635 together.

My Department has not engaged the services of external professionals when making appointments to State Boards and therefore no fees in respect of such services have been paid.