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Appointments to State Boards

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 January 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Questions (654, 655)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

654. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice the number of State and semi-State board appointments that fall under the aegis of her Department made since this Government took office, including the name of the board or agency and the remuneration level associated with the board position, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4557/21]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

655. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice if she will provide a list of all State and semi-State boards that fall under the aegis of her Department; the level of remuneration being paid to each board member, including chairpersons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4570/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 654 and 655 together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that the details requested in relation to the State boards which come under the aegis of my Department are set out in the table below with regard to:

(a) members’ level of remuneration, and

(b) appointments of members since the Government took office on 27 June 2020.

State Board/Body

Remuneration Level

Appointments or re-appointments made since 27 June 2020

Censorship of Publications Board (CPB)

Travel and subsistence for days on which the board convenes for both the Chairperson and Ordinary members.

N/A

Classification of Films Appeals Board (CFAB)

Travel and subsistence for days on which the board convenes (The board has meets once or twice a year) for both Ordinary members and the Chairperson.

1 Chairperson & 5 Ordinary members on 07/12/2020

Courts Service Board

Chairperson - No fee payable. Travel and subsistence expenses at rates sanctioned by the Department of Finance. Ordinary members receive a fee of €11,970 paid to non-judicial members of the Board (with the exception of the Chief Executive Officer) plus travel and subsistence expenses at rates sanctioned by the Department of Finance. Two appointees receive no fee under the One Person, Once Salary policy (OPOS.)

6 Ordinary members on 08/11/2020

Garda Síochána Inspectorate

Chief Inspector is paid at the level of an Assistant Garda Commissioner. Deputy Chief Inspectors are paid at a level equivalent to Principal Officer. These roles are full-time.

N/A

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC)

The current Chairperson is a serving High Court judge and is paid on that basis. The two ordinary members of the Ombudsman are paid at a level equivalent to that of Assistant Secretary. These roles are full-time.

Resolutions were put to the Seanad on 26 January 2021 and to the Dáil on 27 January 2021 with regard to proposed appointments of two new ordinary members

International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT)

Positions of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairpersons and Full-time members are salaried positions. Members are paid on a fee per item basis in respect of completed decisions. The current rates are set out below and cover all expenses that may be incurred.

8 Tribunal members part-time in July 2020 13 Tribunal members part-time in September/October 2020 23 Tribunal members part-time in December 2020

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB)

N/A

1 Ordinary member ex-officio (AG) on 27/06/2020 1 Ordinary member on 01/08/2020

Legal Aid Board

Chairperson receive a fee of €11,970 plus superannuation benefits and allowances for expenses as the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may, from time to time determine. Ordinary members receive a fee of €7,695 (three members)€8,538 (four members) plus superannuation benefits and allowances for expenses as the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may, from time to time determine.

N/A

Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA)

The Chairperson receives a fee of €11,970 plus allowances for expenses (if any) as the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform may from time to time determine. Ordinary members receive a fee of €7,695 (four members) plus allowances for expenses (if any) as the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform may from time to time determine. Two appointees receive no fee under OPOS policy.

3 Ordinary members on 01/10/2020 1 Chairperson on 01/10/2020

Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board

The Chairperson is paid €70,875 annually in respect of this role. Board members are paid a fee of €250 per case reviewed. T&S expenses are not payable.

N/A

Parole Board (interim)

The Chairperson is paid an annual fee of €11,970. Expenses of €149.75 per day for each prison visit to a maximum of €12,600. Ordinary members of the Board are paid an annual fee of €7,695. Expenses of €149.75 per day for each prison visit to a maximum of €12,600.

Members re-appointed by Minister until 30 June 2021

Parole Board (statutory)

To be decided in conjunction with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Appointments are expected to be made following commencement of the Parole Act 2019.

Policing Authority

The current Chairperson is paid €32,450 per annum on the basis of providing 2.5 days’ service per week to the Authority Ordinary members of the Policing Authority receive an annual fee of €14,963.

Re-appointments of five members were made by Government with effect from 01 January 2021. There are four vacancies on the Authority since 01 January 2021. A selection process to identify candidates for appointment was undertaken by the Public Appointments Service in 2020; it is expected that this matter will be brought to Government shortly.

Private Security Authority (PSA)

The Chairperson receives a fee of €11,970 per annum. Ordinary members receive a fee of €7,695 per annum.

N/A

Private Security Appeal Board (PSAB)

Chairperson receives a fee of €351per meeting. Ordinary member receives a fee of €170 per meeting.

N/A

Property Services Appeal Board (PSAB)

Chairperson receives a €500 fee per sitting: Fees are not paid for Membership of the Board but for participation in sittings of the Board to determine appeals. Ordinary members receives a €416 fee per sitting of Board to determine appeals.

N/A

Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA)

Chairperson receive a fee of €8,978 plus allowances for expenses (if any) as the Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, determine. Ordinary members receive a fee of €5,985 (seven members) Plus allowances for expenses (if any) as the Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, determine. One appointee receives no fee under the OPOS policy.

3 Ordinary members on 28/11/2020

Fees for International Protection Appeal Tribunal Members:

International Protection Act - Case Type

Fee (Principal Applicant)

Single Procedure: Oral Hearing

€ 730

Single Procedure: Papers Only Appeal

€ 490

Inadmissible and subsequent application appeals

€ 365

Withdrawn: Prior to hearing

€ 245

Withdrawn: Post hearing

€ 490

Postponement: Day of hearing

€ 245

Note:Ex Officio members are generally not eligible for payment of fees in line with the principle of “One Person, One Salary”.

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