Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (422)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

422. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Education the number of vacancies in each State board under the remit of her Department in tabular form; the length of time each position has been vacant; the reason for the failure to fill the vacancy in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6682/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

There is one board vacancy on three of the State Bodies under the remit of my Department.

The information requested by the Deputy concerning the number of vacancies as well as the dates the vacancies arose in the State Bodies is provided in the attached table. Details of board vacancies are regularly updated on my Department’s website.

The Deputy should note that individuals may be nominated for appointment by various organisations arising from the terms of the relevant Statutes of the Body concerned and accordingly board appointments made by me are not in all cases made at my discretion.

For the vast majority of the board appointments made by me, engagement is required with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) to run a competition, and an assessment process, which leads to the creation of a list of candidates suitable for appointment.

Board Vacancy Details of Bodies under the aegis of the Department of Education as at February 4th 2021

Educational Research Centre (ERC)

One Vacancy

31/08/2018

12/07/2021

Ordinary Member

PAS Process

n/a

As Government approval is required to make the appointment, the formation of a new Government was awaited before progressing. At this point, as the Board's term of office expires in July 2021, the filling of all board posts will be considered in that context.

National Council for Special Education (NCSE)

One Vacancy

13/09/2020

31/12/2022

Ordinary Member

Nominee of the Minister for Health. Appointed by Minister.

n/a

PAS process in train

The Teaching Council

One Vacancy

03/04/2020

03/04/2020

Ordinary Member

PAS Process

n/a

PAS process in train