Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Questions (196)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

196. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of senior civil servants who retired since 2011 in her Department who have been appointed to a State board under her aegis following their retirement; if she will provide in tabular form the names of these persons, the boards to which they were appointed and the appointment process followed in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9948/15]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the table.

For the Deputy's information, under revised procedures put in place in late 2014, the process for filling vacancies on State boards under the aegis of the Department, through ministerial appointment or nomination, is now normally managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), whereby applications are made through the dedicated website www.stateboards.ie. and an assessment process is undertaken by PAS leading to the creation of a list of candidates deemed suitable for appointment to boards. The new arrangements, including specific exceptions from same, are set out clearly in the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards which can be viewed on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's website www.per.gov.ie.

Comprehensive information in relation to the composition of the State boards of non-commercial bodies under the aegis of the Department can be found on the Department's website www.education.gov.ie also.

Name of the Board

Senior civil servants who retired since 2011 in the Department who have been appointed to a State board under its aegis following their retirement

Appointment Process Followed

Léargas

Des O’Loughlin, former Assistant Principal Officer at the Department of Education and Skills

Appointed to Léargas in an ex-officio capacity in January 2010 and re-appointed in April 2013.

National Council for Special Education (NCSE)

Eamon Stack, former Chief Inspector at the Department of Education and Skills

Appointed by Minister

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

Brigid McManus, former Secretary General at the Department of Education and Skills

Appointed by Minister