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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Department of Education and Skills

Education and Training Boards Staff

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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156. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will allow a representative of the Donegal Family Resource Centre in County Donegal to become a member of the Donegal Education and Training Board in view of the person's extensive experience of dealing with key stakeholders and the provision of adult education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27827/14]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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In accordance with Section 30(1) of the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 (the Act), each education and training board will consist of 21 members as follows: 12 members elected by the relevant local authority; 2 members elected by ETB staff;2 members appointed by the ETB from nominees of the National Parents Council; 5 members appointed by the ETB from bodies specified by the Minister for Education and Skills which have a special interest in, or knowledge of education.

With regard to the bodies specified by the Minister, at least one person from each the following categories must be appointed: bodies representative of business, industry and commerce; bodies representative of learners; bodies representative of persons engaged in the management of, or leadership in, recognised schools. All such appointees must reside within the functional area of the board and at least 2 must be women and at least 2 must be men.

A body will be required to nominate two persons (one man and one woman) for consideration by each board for appointment. Accordingly, the Deputy will appreciate that I will not be in position to specify individuals or bodies which have local representation only, such as the Donegal Family Resource Centres.

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