Written answers

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Departmental Agencies Data

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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484. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the agencies or organisations under the remit of his Department; the number that have boards; the number of positions on each board; the number of vacant positions; and the agencies or organisations that have boards whose members have an obligation to appear before committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas. [51487/19]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the attached table.

Name of Board Number on the Board Number of Vacancies
Bord na gCon 7 1
Irish National Stud 7 None
Horse Racing Ireland 14 None
National Milk Agency Part -Time Chairman and 13 Ordinary Board Members None
Bord Bia 15 1
Coillte 9 2
Teagasc 11 None
Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board - ALAB 7 1
Bord Iascaigh Mhara - BIM 6 1
Marine Institute - MI 9 None
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority - SFPA 3 1
Veterinary Council of Ireland 19 None

Accountability to Dail Committees:The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies states thatPersonsbeing proposed by Ministers for appointment as Chairpersons of State bodies are required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas Committee to discuss the approach they will take to their role as Chairperson and their views about the future contribution of the body or Board.

The governing legislation establishing most public bodies makes the CEO of the body accountable to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas. This is on the basis that the financial statements of the State body are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General and laid before the Oireachtas in accordance with the State body’s governing legislation.


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