Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Questions (890)

Colm Keaveney


890. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the names of the persons he has nominated to serve in positions carrying remuneration, other than out of pocket expenses, on commissions, industrial, assurance, semi-State or other similar concerns; the amounts received annually in respect of each appointment; the name of the concern to which the appointment was made during the years 2011 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46660/15]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Communications)

There have been 175 appointments to State Boards under the aegis of my Department in the period 9 March 2011 to date. Of these appointments, 25 were from among individuals who submitted expressions of interest following an advertisement on my Department's website. A further 9 appointees applied under the revised arrangements set out in the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards which were published in November 2014.

Appointments to Boards also include nominations provided for by statute, Committees of the Oireachtas, worker directors and ex-officio positions. While the precise number varies from body to body, it can amount to a significant proportion of a Board in certain instances. Some 48% of the 175 appointments made were either ex-officio appointments, reappointments, the appointment of worker directors chosen by election, or appointments made on foot of nominations made by an Oireachtas Committee.

In addition to State Board appointments, Mr. Bobby Kerr was appointed to Chair the Post Office Network Business Development Group and received remuneration totalling €27,603 in 2015.

Two people were nominated to participate on the Steering Group set up by my Department to oversee the State-led Intervention required to achieve the objectives of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The participants are qualified telecoms experts from the UK and France and were appointed through a tender process to serve on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee contains a total of 11 members, most of whom are public servants. Only the members appointed through a tendering process have been remunerated for their participation. The persons and remuneration details are outlined below.

National Broadband Plan Steering Group



Mr. Jean-Jacques Thiébault



Professor Jim Norton



The following table lists all appointments to State Boards under the aegis of this Department since 9 March 2011:

Appointments made since 9 March 2011 to date



Mr Donal Connell CEO ex officio

Mr James Wrynn

Mr Paul Henry

Mr Noel Adamson (worker director)

Mr Patrick Compton (worker director)

Mr Thomas Devlin (worker director)

Mr William Mooney (worker director)

Ms Martina O’Connell (worker director)

Mr William Scally

Ms Lorraine Tormey (elected Postmaster member)

Mr Christoph Mueller Chairperson

Mr Tom O’Brien

Ms Jennifer Loftus

An Post

Mr Ed Murray

Mr Noel Curran ex Officio

Ms Moya Doherty Chairperson

Mr Frank Hannigan

Ms Deborah Kelleher

Mr P.J. Matthews

Ms Anne O’Leary

Mr Fergus Armstrong

Mr Aengus MacGrianna - RTÉ Staff Representative

Mr Padraig O’Ceidigh*** – (JOC)

Mr Shane Naughton*** – (JOC)

Ms Fionnuala Sheehan ***– (JOC)


Ms Margaret Ward*** - (JOC)

Mr Séamus Martin

Dr Pauric Travers Chairperson

Mr Alan McDonnell

Ms Claire Duignan

Ms Grace Smith

Professor Maeve McDonagh***– (JOC)

Dr Rosemary Day*** – (JOC)

Mr Denis Wolinski*** – (JOC)

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Mr Seán Ó Mórdha*** - (JOC)

Ms Denise Cronin

Mr. John Horgan - Chairperson

Mr Gabriel D’Arcy (Director ex officio)

Mr John V Farrelly

Mr Denis Leonard

Mr Gerard O’Donoghue

Ms Elaine Treacy

Mr Barry Walsh

Mr Paschal Maher Elected employee member

Mr Philip Casey Elected employee member

Mr Kevin Healy Elected employee member

Mr Seamus Maguire Elected employee member

Mr Colm O’Gogain Elected employee member

Bord na Móna

Mr Mike Quinn (Managing Director ex officio)

Mr Finbarr Kennelly

Mr Michael McNicholas CEO (ex officio)

Ms Mari Hurley

Mr Joe O’Flynn

Ms Rose Hynes Chairperson

Ms Jacqueline Hall

Mr Laurence Crowley


Mr Sean Hogan

Mr James Martin

Ms Celine Fitzgerald

Mr Peter Cross

Dr Gary Healy

Ms Regina Moran

Mr Liam O’Halloran

Ms Bride Rosney

Ms Doireann Barry (Staff Rep)

Mr Fintan Slye CEO (ex officio)

Mr John O’Connor Chairperson

Dr Joan Smyth

Richard Sterling

Mr Gerry Walsh (PAS)


Mr Michael Hand (PAS)

Ms Noreen Wright

Mr Seamus Mallon

Ms Anne Butler

Mr Lochlann Quinn Chairperson

Mr Pat O’Doherty CEO ex Officio

Ms Noreen O’Kelly

Mr Dave Byrne (Elected employee member)

Mr Sean Kelly (Elected employee member)

Mr Tony Merriman (Elected employee member)

Mr Peter O’Sullivan (Elected employee member)

Ms Ellvena Graham (Chairperson) (PAS)


Mr Andrew Hastings (PAS)

Mr Sean Fitzgerald

Mr Vincent Caffrey

Ms Aoife MacEvilly DCENR Rep

Mr Aidan Donnelly Chairperson

Mr Pat Meehan CEO ex Officio

Irish National Petroleum Corporation (INPC)

Ms Una Dixon DCENR Rep

Ms Aoife MacEvilly DCENR Rep

Mr Aidan Donnelly Chairperson

Mr Pat Meehan CEO ex Officio

Mr Oliver Whelan

Mr Terry Nolan

National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA)

Mr Hugh O’Donnell

Ms Julie O’Neill Chairperson

Dr Brian Motherway - CEO ex Officio

Mr Michael Conlon

Dr. Edgar Morgenroth

Ms. Anne Farrell

Mr. Declan Waugh

Ms. Michelle Green

Mr. Brian Carroll (DCENR rep)

Mr Brendan Halligan - previous Chairperson

Ms Anne Connolly

Mr Pat Gilroy

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Mr Michael McGarry

Dr. Peter Brennan (PAS)

Dr. Lisa Ryan (PAS)

Mr Michael Wall (PAS)

Mr Paddy Phelan (PAS)

Mr. Micheál Seoighe (JOC)

Ms. Mairad Ní Cheoinín (JOC)

Mr. Joe Connolly

Mr. Des Geraghty

Ms. Andra Ní alaithe

Ms Mairead Nic Suibhne

Ms. Michelle Ní Chróinín

Siún Ní Raghallaigh - Chairperson

Ms Bríd Falconer*** (JOC)

Mr Francis C Reidy*** (JOC)


Mr Diarmuid Ó Ruiséal (staff rep)

Mr. Paul Holden Chairperson

Mr. Seamus Ratigan

Ms Alice Davis

Mr Philip Maguire (DCC Member)

Mr Owen Keegan (DCC Member)

Ms Edel Flynn CEO ex officio

Mr. Brendan McDonagh

Ms Katherine Licken

Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA)

Mr Leonard Donnelly Chairperson

Ms Claire Duignan

Mr Gerry Macken CEO ex officio (secondee from DCC)

Mr. Ronan O’Reilly Chairperson

Ms. Anne Butler

Mr. Robin Simpson

Dr. Enda Howley

Dr. Denis Keliher

Ms. Marion Coy

Mr. Justin Gleeson

Ms Sandra Ryan

Mr. Padraic Jordan

Mr. Oliver Hickey

*Ordnance Survey Ireland OSI

Mr Noel Ward

Mr Michael Neary

The Mining Board

Mr Michael MacGrath S.C. Chairperson

Mr Fintan Gorman** Chairperson

(on nomination of DECLG)

Mr Peter John Nally

Mr Martin McEnroe

Mr Niall Greene

Dr Frances Lucy*** (JOC)

Dr Ciaran Byrne

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Mr Sean Coady (staff nomination)

* Board of OSI appointed by Minister of State

** Appointed by the Minister of State on the nomination of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government

***(JOC) appointment

The following are the categories and rates of fees for Board Members:

Category and Rates of Fees for Board Members of Bodies Under the Aegis of DCENR where applicable

Commercial Bodies




Rates of fees w.e.f 01.05.2009

An Post


Category 1

Chair: €31,500

Director: €15,750



Category 1

Chair: €31,500

Director: €15,750

Bord na Móna


Category 2

Chair: €21,600

Director: €12,600



Category 2

Chair: €21,600

Director: €12,600

Electricity Supply Board


Category 1

Chair: €31,500

Director: €15,750

Raidió Teilifís Éireann


Category 1

Chair: €31,500

Director: €15,750

Teilifís na Gaeilge


Category 2

Chair: €21,600

Director: €12,600

Non-Commercial Bodies/Regulators




Rates of fees w.e.f 01.01.2010

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland


Category 4

Chair: €8,978

Director: €5,985

Digital Hub Development Agency


Category 3

Chair: €11,970

Director: €7,695

Inland Fisheries Ireland


Category 3

Chair: €11,970

Director: €7,695

Board fees being paid to members from July 2012

The Mining Board


Fees per day/sitting

*€545.42 fee per day for public and private sittings.

€200.93 fee per full day for any necessary attendance (other than sittings) in discharge of the Board’s business.

National Oil Reserves Agency


Category 4

Chair: €8,978

Director: €5,985

Ordnance Survey Ireland


Category 3

Chair: €11,970

Director: €7,695

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


Category 3

Chair: €11,970

Director: €7,695

Irish National Petroleum Corporation


Technical Board

Chair: €1,200

Director: €900

The One Person One Salary policy introduced by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provides that serving public sector employees are not eligible to receive remuneration in relation to their membership of boards of State Bodies. Non-public sector board members may choose to voluntarily waive their fees as a matter of personal choice. Both of these policy initiatives of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have been brought to the attention of the bodies under the aegis of the Department. Consequently, the remuneration details in the table above refer to fees that may be payable and are not indicative of fees actually being received by board members. The payment of board members’ expenses is an operational matter for each State Body.

* The Mining Board Fees were reduced w.e.f. 1 July 2013