Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Health
Finian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
Question 594: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will provide the number of retired persons serving on State boards and commissions; and the amount it is costing the State. [10347/12]
Frances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
I would like to inform the Deputy that there are four agencies which are funded by the Exchequer through my Department’s Vote. These are the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI), the Family Support Agency (FSA), the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) and the Ombudsman for Children. With effect from 1 January 2012, I have taken responsibility for the children detention schools as provided in Part 10 of the Children Act 2001. They are funded through my Department’s Vote and I am responsible for the appointment of their board of management.
The Ombudsman for Children does not have a Board of Management. In relation to the FSA, there is one retired person who is currently serving on the Board and is in receipt of €5,985 per annum. There are two retired persons serving on the Board of the NEWB one of which is the Chairperson and is in receipt of €5,000 per annum. The other member is not in receipt of any remuneration. There are two retired members of the AAI each in receipt of €7,965 per annum. The Board of the Children Detention Schools has one member who is retired and is in receipt of €2,993 per annum.