211. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of plans to appoint two further directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; and the criteria under consideration for their selection. (Question 19628/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

212. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a representative for small policy holders will be included on the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and in the future appointment of directors to the board. (Question 19629/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

215. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the process involved in appointing directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; the person or body that recommends possible appointees; the skill set required for the position of director with the board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19814/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

216. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the professional backgrounds of existing directors of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19815/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson, the Chief Executive and nine ordinary members of which six ...

217. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there is scope to appoint directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board that have a background in consumer issues and affairs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19816/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

195. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are board vacancies in respect of the criminal injuries compensation tribunal; if so, when they will be filled; if he is satisfied regarding the general operations of the tribunal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19022/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, the Tribunal is comprised of a Chairperson and six Ordinary Members who are practising barristers or solicitors. They provide their services on a part-time basis to the Tribunal. There are currently no vacancies to be filled on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. I am satisfied that the Tribunal is fulfilling its functions under the Scheme.
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88. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the inclusion of persons with disabilities on the boards of public transport companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17718/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Since becoming a Minister, I have been particularly struck by the personal experiences related to me in my meetings with people with disabilities who use public transport.
As a result of wide consultation with members of the disability community and with disability bodies striving to make an impact, I have decided that the State-owned public transport companies under the auspices of my Department should have at least one board member...

1216. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that two worker directors at Dublin Port and Shannon Foynes Port were discriminated against as a result of the insertion by the 2015 amendment to the Harbours Act 1997 of a clause which limits their term of office to ten years when no such limit applies in other commercial State companies, for example, ESB, DAA, Bord na Móna, An Post and CIÉ; the reason this discrimination exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15139/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1217. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the 2015 amendment to the Harbours Act 1997 which was signed on 25 December 2015 provides for retrospective application in that it covers the period from 1997, that is, when the port companies were corporatised; the reason this retrospective application was included in the 2015 amendment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15140/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1218. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a current worker director based in a port here was re-elected as a worker director to the board of that port in July 2017; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that their re-election was in accordance with the regulations; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the election result was validated by the returning officer that was also the company secretary; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the person has been refused a mandate; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the person has been refused a letter of appointment as a director of the port company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15141/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1506. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his views on whether it is a conflict of interest that a person (details supplied) is also a board member of an organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15022/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) is governed by the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 – 2016.  Section 153 of the Act provides that the members of the Board shall be appointed from time to time as occasion requires by the Minister.  The Act requires that Board members shall be persons who, in the Minister’s opinion, have experience in a field of expertise relevant to the Board’s functions.
In accordance with the Gover...

1637. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of all State board appointments since the general election in 2016; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15171/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that all appointments to State boards under the aegis of my Department since the General Election in 2016 are as set out in the following table. The Public Appointments Service (PAS) operates a dedicated website, www.stateboards.ie, through which it advertises such vacancies. Since this website was set up in 2014 it has consistently been used by my Department to identify suitably qualified members of the pub...

358. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the appointment of persons with disabilities to the boards of State agencies under his control; the timeline for these appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14550/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As I committed to at a recent Joint Oireachtas Committee meeting, a campaign to appoint people with specific personal experience of disability to the boards of the public transport agencies was launched on 26th March 2018.
All information relating to the process is available at the following link http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/75495/booklet.htm or  www.stateboards.ie
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119. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the reason for the absence of a hospital consultant representative on the newly appointed South/South West Hospital Group board; the reason there was specific reference to having general practitioner and nursing representation on the board but no specific requirement for hospital consultant representation; his views on whether they have the core competencies necessary to deliver on the strategic and visionary change management agenda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13286/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The establishment of seven Hospital Groups, initially on a non-statutory administrative basis, is designed to deliver improved patient/service user outcomes and experience, ensure effective corporate and clinical governance and support provision of integrated care. The expertise, knowledge and experience of Hospital Group Board Members is an essential aspect of supporting Hospital Groups in achieving these aims, and accordingly, Hospital Group Boards h...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills when two new members will be appointed to the board of Caranua to replace members that recently resigned; and his plans to appoint to a new board to manage the day to day operations of Caranua. (Question 11074/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Notwithstanding the recent resignation of two members, the Caranua Board currently has seven members, two of whom are former residents.  I will be seeking to replace the Board members who resigned as soon as practicable and in accordance with the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 and the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards.
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659. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when the three vacant posts on the board of Tusla will be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9607/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Child and Family Agency Act, 2013, provides for the appointment of a nine person Board consisting of a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and seven ordinary members all appointed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.  
Appointments to State Boards must be made in accordance with Government Guidelines for Appointment to State Boards that were approved by Government and published in November, 2014.  
My Department i...

256. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the refusal to reappoint a person (details supplied) to the IHREC board despite meeting all requirements as set out in the criteria. (Question 6925/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 256 to 258, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, selection processes for appointments to State Boards are undertaken by the Public Appointments Service and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter. The Deputy will be aware that the State Boards process is designed to enable any person to apply to a position on a State Board. The Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards, which have ...

257. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the emphasis and prioritisation of corporate governance and managerial expertise over experience in the field of human rights and equality when appointing to the board of IHREC. (Question 6926/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 256 to 258, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, selection processes for appointments to State Boards are undertaken by the Public Appointments Service and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter. The Deputy will be aware that the State Boards process is designed to enable any person to apply to a position on a State Board. The Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards, which have ...

258. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the selection process as a result of prioritising corporate governance; his further views on whether the strongest advocates from a human rights perspective have been excluded as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6927/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 256 to 258, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, selection processes for appointments to State Boards are undertaken by the Public Appointments Service and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter. The Deputy will be aware that the State Boards process is designed to enable any person to apply to a position on a State Board. The Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards, which have ...

303. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the State boards under the remit of her Department; the number of persons on each of those boards; the number of those persons who are male and female, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6946/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following statistical table. 
In relation to the information set out in the table, please note that a candidate has been selected for the position of Chairperson of the Board of the National Standards Authority of Ireland but has not yet been appointed. The vacancies on the Boards of IDA and Science Foundation Ireland have been notified to the Public Appointment...

471. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the State boards under the remit of his Department; the number of persons on each of those boards; the number of those persons who are male and female, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6945/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department is outlined in the following table. 
I am personally committed to achieving the Government target of 40% gender balance on the Boards of State Bodies. I wrote to the Chief Executives of some agri-business companies asking them to support women within their companies who express an interest in being appointed to the Boa...

525. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the State boards under the remit of his Department; the number of persons on each of those boards; the number of those persons who are male and female, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6948/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The following table sets out the composition of the State boards under the remit of my Department, including the gender balance and vacancies on each Board, as at 31 January 2018.  The detail  of all the State Boards vacancies is available at www.stateboards.ie.
 State Board Number of persons on board Number that are male Number that are female Vacancies An Post   15 9 5 1 Bord na Móna   12 10...

602. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the State boards under the remit of her Department; the number of persons on each of those boards; the number of those persons who are male and female, respectively. (Question 6947/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am responsible for appointments to the following State Boards under the aegis of my Department: the Child and Family Agency, the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Oberstown Children Detention Campus and Gaisce.
The following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy.
 State Board Number of positions on each Board Positions Currently Filled Number of Men on Board Number of Women on Board Adoption Au...

79. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Taoiseach the persons on State boards under the aegis of his Department that are also serving on other State boards; and the persons on State boards under the aegis of his Department that have served previously on other State boards. (Question 6470/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

The Taoiseach: The specific information sought in relation to membership of other State boards or previous boards is not held in my Department.
I appoint members to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) under the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006 and the NESC (Alteration of Composition) Order 2010 - SI 603/ 2010.
I also appoint members to the National Statistics Board under the Statistics Act 1993.
As set out in the legislation, most of these board appointments a...

84. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the persons on State boards under the aegis of his Department that are also serving on other State boards; the persons on State boards under the aegis of his department that have served previously on other State boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6460/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The only State body currently under the aegis of this Department is the Army Pensions Board.
The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the ...