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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 9 December 2020

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Ceisteanna (249)

Mairéad Farrell

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249. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the bodies under the aegis of his Department; and the composition of their respective board memberships disaggregated by appointments through the Public Appointments Service or ministerial appointments in tabular form. [42472/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The composition of the Boards of the twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department is provided below.

The Deputy should be aware that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine appoints all the Board Members. However, six Boards have positions reserved for representatives of specific stakeholders and, thus, are not filled through the Public Appointments Service (PAS)/State Boards process.

The Board of Horse Racing Ireland includes 11 nominees from relevant groups including regulatory bodies; the National Milk Agency includes eight nominees from consumer, producer and retailer groups (with the chair appointed by the Minister); the Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board includes six nominees from relevant areas such as engineering, business, producers and environment concerns (with the chair appointed by Government); and, the Boards of Coillte and Teagasc each have a position reserved for a Workers’ Representative.

Finally, three senior officials from my Department sit on the Boards of Bord Bia, Teagasc and the Veterinary Council of Ireland. I am satisfied that the current mix of appointments using PAS and nominees of relevant stakeholders provides a good mix of expertise necessary to achieving the aims of each of these State Bodies.

State Body

Appointments through Public Appointments Service (PAS) 

Appointments by the Minister without PAS   process 

Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board

0

7

Bord Bia

8

6

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

5

1

Rásaíocht Con Éireann

7

0

Coillte

5

3

Horse Racing Ireland

3

11

Irish National Stud

0

7

Marine Institute

4

1

National Milk Agency

0

9

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

2

0

Teagasc

3

8

Veterinary Council of Ireland

13

6

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