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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Department of Social Protection

Appointments to State Boards

Photo of Colm KeaveneyColm Keaveney (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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72. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the names of the persons she has nominated to serve in positions carrying remuneration, other than out-of-pocket expenses, on commissions, industrial, assurance, semi-State or other similar concerns; the amounts received annually in respect of each appointment; the name of the concern to which the appointment was made during the years 2011 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46665/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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This scope of this question is taken to encompass the statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection. These bodies are the Citizens Information Board, the Pensions Authority, (formerly the Pensions Board), the Pensions Council, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Social Welfare Tribunal.

The Pensions Ombudsman does not have a Board. There is no remuneration for the members of the Pensions Council.

Details, as requested by the Deputy, relating to the nominations to the other Boards in respect of which remuneration, other than out of office expenses, has been paid in the period 2011 to date, are given in the tables below.

Citizens Information Board

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Amount of Remuneration/Fees Received
Name of Board Member
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Ita Mangan (Chairperson)n/an/an/an/a€4,993
Eugene McErlean€1,902€5,985€5,985€5,985€5,985
Josephine Henry n/an/an/an/a€5,985

Pensions Authority (established on 7 March 2014 and previously known as the Pensions Board)

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Amount of Remuneration/Fees Received Annually
Name of Board Member
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Jane Williams (Chairperson)n/an/an/a€18,967€20,520

Social Welfare Tribunal

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Amount of Remuneration/Fees Received Annually
Name of Board Member
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Colin Walker (Chairperson)
n/a
n/a
n/a
€493.42
n/a
Don O’Higgins
n/a
n/a
n/a
€194.81
n/a
Fergus Whelan
n/a
n/a
n/a
€194.81
n/a

The Board of the Social Welfare Tribunal consists of a Chairperson and four ordinary members, two of whom are nominated by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and two by the Irish Business Employer Confederation (IBEC). Legislation provides that the four ordinary members of the Tribunal are appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the two bodies, ICTU and IBEC. The Chairperson is nominated by the Minister.

The Chairperson and ordinary members of the Tribunal only receive fees when a hearing or meeting is held.

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