Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (564)

James Browne


564. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the agencies or organisations under the remit of her Department; the number that have boards; the number of positions on each board; the number of vacant positions; and the agencies or organisations that have boards whose members have an obligation to appear before committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas. [51489/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

There are five agencies under the remit of my Department as follows:

- the Adoption Authority of Ireland,

- the Board of Management of Oberstown Children Detention Campus,

- the Child and Family Agency (Tusla),

- Gaisce, The Presidents Award,

- the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.

Of the above the Ombudsman for Children’s Office is the only body which does not have a Board.

In accordance with the provisions of the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (Section 2.8) the incoming Chairperson is required to appear before the relevant Oireachtas Committee when taking up office. Other board members have appeared before Oireachtas Committees when invited to in the past.

The following table provides the additional information requested by the Deputy:

Name of Board

Number of Board members

Number of current vacancies

Adoption Authority of Ireland



Board of Management of Oberstown Children Detention Campus



The Child and Family Agency (Tusla)



Gaisce, The President’s Award



Ombudsman for Children's Office