Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (692)

James Browne

Ceist:

692. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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. [51491/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

There are currently fourteen State Agencies under the remit of my Department. Of these thirteen have Boards and one, the National Archives of Ireland, has an Advisory Council. Waterways Ireland is a North /South body under the remit of my Department which does not have a board.

The detail requested by the Deputy in relation to the Boards is laid out in the following table. For completeness, the detail of the National Archives Advisory Council is included.

A process is currently under way with the Public Appointments Commission to identify suitably qualified members of the public who are interested in serving on Boards of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Concert Hall and the National Museum of Ireland.

I have been advised that since the introduction of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reforms Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards in 2011, there is an obligation on the Chair designate to appear before the relevant Joint Oireachtas Committee.

State Agency

No. Positions on Board

Current Membership of Board

Current Vacancies on Board

Chair Appeared Before Joint Oireachtas Committee

Arts Council

13

13

0

Yes - 12/06/2019

Crawford Art Gallery

12

12

0

Yes – 26/04/2017

Foras na Gaeilge1

16

13

3

North/South Body not required to appear before Joint Oireachtas Committee

Heritage Council

11

11

0

Yes – 20/09/2018

Irish Manuscripts Commission

20

20

Yes – 20/09/2018

Irish Museum of Modern Art

12

11

1

Yes – 10 November 2015

National Archives of Ireland

12

12

0

N/a - NAAC is not a State Board, It is an Council which advises the Minister

National Concert Hall

9

8

1

Yes – 28/09/2016

National Gallery of Ireland

17

17

0

No - Appointment as Chair Prior to June 2011

National Library of Ireland

12

12

0

Yes – 20/10/2015

National Museum of Ireland

16

14

2

Yes – 28/09/2016

Screen Ireland

7

7

0

Yes – 28/09/2016

Údarás Na Gaeltachta

12

12

0

Yes - 27/11/2012

Ulster Scots Agency

8

8

0

N/a

Totals

177

169

8

1. Appointments to boards of North/South bodies are made by the North-South Ministerial Council arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis by each jurisdiction. Current vacancies are in respect of the North.