Written answers

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Departmental Agencies Data

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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692. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the agencies or organisations under the remit of her 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. [51491/19]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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There are currently fourteen State Agencies under the remit of my Department. Of these thirteen have Boards and one, the National Archives of Ireland, has an Advisory Council.Waterways Ireland is a North /South body under the remit of my Department which does not have a board.

The detail requested by the Deputy in relation to the Boards is laid out in the following table. For completeness, the detail of the National Archives Advisory Council is included.

A process is currently under way with the Public Appointments Commission to identify suitably qualified members of the public who are interested in serving on Boards of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Concert Hall and the National Museum of Ireland.

I have been advised that since the introduction of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reforms Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards in 2011, there is an obligation on the Chair designate to appear before the relevant Joint Oireachtas Committee.

State Agency No. Positions on Board Current Membership of Board Current Vacancies on Board Chair Appeared Before Joint Oireachtas Committee
Arts Council 13 13 0 Yes - 12/06/2019
Crawford Art Gallery 12 12 0 Yes – 26/04/2017
Foras na Gaeilge1 16 13 3 North/South Body not required to appear before Joint Oireachtas Committee
Heritage Council 11 11 0 Yes – 20/09/2018
Irish Manuscripts Commission 20 20 Yes – 20/09/2018
Irish Museum of Modern Art 12 11 1 Yes – 10 November 2015
National Archives of Ireland 12 12 0 N/a - NAAC is not a State Board, It is an Council which advises the Minister
National Concert Hall 9 8 1 Yes – 28/09/2016
National Gallery of Ireland 17 17 0 No - Appointment as Chair Prior to June 2011
National Library of Ireland 12 12 0 Yes – 20/10/2015
National Museum of Ireland 16 14 2 Yes – 28/09/2016
Screen Ireland 7 7 0 Yes – 28/09/2016
Údarás Na Gaeltachta 12 12 0 Yes - 27/11/2012
Ulster Scots Agency 8 8 0 N/a
Totals 177 169 8

1.Appointments to boards of North/South bodies are made by the North-South Ministerial Council arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis by each jurisdiction. Current vacancies are in respect of the North.


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