Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Transport

Appointments to State Boards

12:00 pm

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Question 187: To ask the Minister for Transport when he will appoint a chairman to Dublin Port Company; his views on whether it is inconsistent for the State to be insisting on certain appointments to the boards of financial institutions in the interests of proper corporate governance, when a company in his remit has been without a chairman for nearly 12 months; the reason for the delay in filling the role; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43953/09]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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As provided for under Section 30 of the Harbours Act 1996, I have sought nominations for the current vacancy on the board of Dublin Port from a number of stakeholders.

The Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, IBEC, ICTU and a number of representative bodies from the shipping sector were included in the consultation and I received a number of nominations.

The Ports Policy Statement gives a number of indications with regard to port company board appointments.

It points out that an appropriate balance of skills, competencies and experience is required at board level. It is also important that board members cultivate a commercial ethos and display a genuine dedication to the welfare of the port and all its stakeholders.

I will consider these points and the nominations received when making my decision. In the meantime the board has selected an acting chairperson, as provided for in its Articles of Association.


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