Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (487)

Terence Flanagan

Ceist:

487. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the action he is taking to encourage more Irish executives to serve on State boards under the remit of his Department; his views on the recent Merc Partners survey; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12456/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Since May 2011, a notification has been placed on my Department’s website inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the boards of State Bodies under the aegis of my Department. On 20 December 2013 last, I placed an advertisement in the National Newspapers inviting expressions of interest.

In making any board appointments, I am not necessarily confined to those who make such expressions of interest but ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant mix of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the relevant board. In the case of a number of bodies, some board appointments, while made by me, are not at my sole discretion in that individuals are nominated for appointment by me by various organisations as specified in the relevant statute. These are the Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board, Bord Bia, Teagasc, National Milk Agency, Veterinary Council of Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland. I welcome the Merc Partners Executive Expectations Survey 2014 and in particular the fact that 80% of respondents indicated a willingness to express interest in being appointed to a State Board.