Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (158)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

158. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance the public bodies and entities under the aegis of his Department for which he is responsible for making all or some appointments not subject to the guidelines on appointments to State boards, in that the recruitment and selection process is undertaken by his Department and not through the Public Appointments Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52181/18]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Of the seventeen bodies under the aegis of my Department, seven are State Boards and, as such, are subject to the guidelines on appointments to State Boards. These are Central Bank, the Credit Union Restructuring Board, the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, the National Asset Management Agency, the National Treasury Management Agency and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. In relation to the Central Bank, employees are recruited by the Central Bank Commission Board.

Of the remaining 11 bodies, my involvement in making appointments to each is detailed in the table.

Body

Is the Minister for Finance responsible for making all or some appointments (in that the recruitment and selection process is undertaken by his Department and not through the Public Appointments Service)?

Details

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

No

The Minister has no involvement in appointments to the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Credit Review Office

Some

The Credit Review Office is not a State Board. Credit Reviewer appointed by the Minister, remaining (2) staff are on secondment from Enterprise Ireland.

Credit Union Advisory Committee

Yes

CUAC is a committee which advises the Minister on credit union related matters. Committee members are appointed by the Minister for Finance. Vacancies on the committee are advertised through the Public Appointments Service looking for expressions of interest, however, the recruitment and selection process is undertaken by the Department.

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Yes

Board members are appointed by the Minister for Finance from a body of interested registered medical practitioners, on the nomination of the Minister for Health.

Investor Compensation Company DAC

Yes

The Minister nominates members to the Board except the Chair and Deputy Chair who are nominated by the Governor of the Central Bank.

The Minister can also nominate industry and consumer representative bodies to appoint members to the Board on his behalf.

Appointments are not made directly through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). However the appointment process for the Minister’s direct nominees to the Board have been developed in conjunction with PAS to ensure it adheres to best practice.

The members to the Board are nominated as follows:

Chair & Deputy Chair – nominated by the Governor of the Central Bank. Total 2.

Industry – 5 nominations by industry representative bodies on behalf of the Minister.

Consumer – 2 nominations by consumer interest groups on behalf of the Minister, 3 direct Ministerial nominations.

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation

No

In liquidation, there is no Board in place.

Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal

No

The Government nominates members for appointment by the President. (As the Minister for Finance is responsible for IFSAT legislation, the Minister/Department run the selection process following the State Board guidelines with advice from PAS, and suggest the eligible candidates to Cabinet for their approval/agreement to nominate to the President for appointment).

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

No

Revenue Commissioners are appointed by the Taoiseach following TLAC competition.

Social Finance Foundation

Yes

The SFF is not a State Board and receives no exchequer funding. The SFF identifies appointees through such channels as Boardmatch, Institute of Directors and Active link. The Minister for Finance nominates the Chairperson and approves the appointment of Directors.

Tax Appeals Commission

Yes

The recruitment and selection of Tax Appeal Commissioners has been carried out to date by the Public Appointments Service outside of the State Boards process. The Tax Appeal Commissioners are appointed under Section 850 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 by the Minister for Finance.