Written answers

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Appointments to State Boards

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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132. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide in tabular form the number of appointments to State boards under his Department's remit made since March 2011 to date in 2013; the number of vacancies in State boards under his Department's remit since March 2011 to date in 2013; the number of vacancies State boards under his Department's remit publically advertised since March 2011 to date in 2013; and the number of appointments to State boards under his remit drawn directly from the public advertisement process. [50007/13]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the appointments to and vacancies in the State boards funded from my Department's Vote Group is set out in the table below. It may be noted that appointments to the board of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency are made by the North South Ministerial Council, arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction. In the case of Údarás na Gaeltachta, five of the appointees are nominated by local authorities under the terms of the relevant legislation.

Since revised procedures were introduced by this Government, appointments to boards of State bodies funded from my Department's Vote Group are made in accordance with public appointment procedures whereby my Department seeks expressions of interest from the public by advertising on its website and proposed appointees to the position of Chairperson are required to make themselves available to appear before the relevant Oireachtas Committee. It may be noted that, as Minister, I am not bound by the list of applicants when making appointments. I can also approach candidates that may, in my view, have a contribution to make and be willing to serve.

As the Deputy may be aware, on 4 June 2013 an advertisement was published on my Department's website seeking expressions of interest in future vacancies for board members on:

- the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art;

- the Board of Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library;

- the Board of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork;

- the Arts Council;

- the Board of the Irish Architectural Archive; and

- the Board of Governors and Guardians of Archbishop Marsh's Library .

There was also a process carried out by the Department of Justice and Law Reform to seek expressions of interest in vacancies on the Censorship of Publications Board and the Censorship of Publications Appeals Board before the functions transferred to my Department and I am currently reviewing this.

Given that the Public Service Reform Plan reduces the membership of certain boards to 9, I do not intend to fill all current vacancies. I have been considering the applications received, however, and I expect to be in a position to make appointments very shortly in a number of the bodies referred to by the Deputies.

State BoardTotal number of places on the board Number of board members appointed since March 2011Were these appointments subject to the public advertisement process?Number of appointments drawn directly from the public advertisement processBoard positions currently vacantLength of time that the vacancy has been unfilled.Has the vacancy been publicly advertised?
National Museum of Ireland160N/AN/A1Since November 2012No
National Concert Hall1515 (inc Chair)Yes120N/AN/A
National Gallery of Ireland171N/A – the appointment was underway prior to the introduction of the public applications process. N/A2One since November 2012;

one since April 2013
No
Irish Museum of Modern Art 150N/AN/A7One since June 2010;

two since December 2011;

one since February 2012;

two since April 2012;

and one since May 2013
Yes – in May 2011 and again in June 2013
National Library of Ireland120N/AN/A1Since May 2012No
National Archives Advisory Committee122Yes – the process was adhered to but no applications were received following advertisement.00N/AN/A
Irish Manuscripts Commission20 19 (inc Chair)No – the commissioners were reappointed pro tem during the public service reform processN/A1Since July 2013N/A
Chester Beatty Library32Yes21Since June 2013Yes-May 2013
Crawford Art Gallery167 (inc Chair)No – the board members were reappointed pro tem during the public service reform processN/A8Since December 2011Yes – one in May 2013
Irish Film Board77 (inc Chair)N/AN/A0N/AN/A
Arts Council135Yes20N/AN/A
Censorship of Publications Board50YesNone to date5Since November 2011Yes – by the Department of Justice and Law Reform
Censorship of Publications Appeals Board50YesNone to date5Since February 2012Yes – by the Department of Justice and Law Reform
Heritage Council15-17 – in accordance with the Heritage Act, 1995, which states that the Council shall comprise of a Chairperson and not fewer than 14 or more than 16 ordinary members.7 (inc Chair)Yes44Since July 2013No
Údarás na Gaeltachta1212 (inc Chair)Yes40N/AN/A
Foras na Gaeilge1616N/A – Appointments are made by the NSMCN/A1Since September 2013N/A
Ulster -Scots Agency88N/A – Appointments are made by the NSMCN/A0N/AN/A

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