Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Appointments to State Boards

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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538. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of boards or agencies his officials have been appointed to; if there are guidelines or protocols for members of staff being appointed to boards or agencies; if so, when same were last updated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6638/19]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Currently, there are three Departmental officials appointed to three of the State Boards under the aegis of my Department. These are Bord Bia, Teagasc and the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

As each of these Boards is non-commercial in nature, the applicable protocols are contained in the Department of Finance Circular 12/2010 Protocol for Civil Servants nominated to the boards of non-commercial State bodies which should be considered as forming part of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Responsibility for updating these documents is a matter for Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.


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