Written answers

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

Departmental Agencies

5:00 pm

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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Question 425: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the annual saving to the Exchequer if all board members fees paid to agencies under his aegis were cut by 25%, 35% and 50%. [36614/12]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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I note the Deputy's request for details of the annual saving to the Exchequer if all board members fees paid to agencies under his aegis were cut by 25%, 35% and 50% and I trust that the Deputy will appreciate that it is not possible to provide the quantitative information requested to this hypothetical question.

However, the annual fees payable to board members of the boards of statutory agencies and national cultural institutions funded from my Department's Vote are detailed in the table below and are set by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. It may be noted that fees are not payable to board members that are also public servants and, in addition, that in certain other cases members have chosen to waive their fees.

Name of Body/AgencyNumber of Board membersAnnual remuneration payable to Chairs and board members
Foras na Gaeilge16Chair: €11,970/Stg£8,140; Vice-Chair: €9,830/Stg£6,690;Member: €7,695/Stg£5,235
Ulster-Scots Agency8Chair: €11,970/Stg£8,140; Vice-Chair: €9,830/Stg£6,690;Member: €7,695/Stg£5,235
Údarás na Gaeltachta20Chair: €20,520Member: €11,970
Crawford Art Gallery8Fees not applicable
National Library of Ireland11Chair: €9,450Member: €6,300
Heritage Council16Chair: €8,978Member: €5,985
National Concert Hall15Chair: €8,978No fees payable to board members
National Museum of Ireland16Chair: €8,978Member: €5,985
Irish Museum of Modern Art9Chair: €8,978No fees payable to board members
National Gallery of Ireland17Chair: €8,978Member: €5,985
Arts Council13Chair: €8,978Member: €5,985
Irish Film Board7Chair: €8,978Member: €5,985
Chester Beatty Library11Fees not applicable

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