I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 and 336 together.
As I previously informed the Deputy, the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out that the appointment of a CEO is a matter for the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Any appointment has to be in line with that legislation and the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.
The position of CEO is currently filled on an acting basis, in line with the provisions of the Act. As the Deputy notes, two competitions were held for a CEO in 2018 on the basis of a five year contract. Neither competition resulted in an appointment being made. As such, I am advised that the Board has decided to make an appointment on an interim two year basis.