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Captain Con O'Sullivan
02-03-2011, 12:36 PM
Aquaculture Licenses Appeal Board

Chairman Mr Mark O’Connell (barrister)
Mr Mario J Minehane, Deputy Chairman
Mr Sean Murphy (Possible same Sean Murphy as MD of Trouw fishfood suppliers?)
Mr Lorcán O Cinnéide (CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Association)
Ms Karin Dubsky (Marine Ecologist and former Director of Coastwatch)
Mr Michael Sweeney
Secretary Ms Ann Marie Mahon

(The function of the Board is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources on aquaculture licence applications. A person aggrieved by a decision of the Minister on an aquaculture licence application, or by the revocation or amendment of an aquaculture licence, may make an appeal within one month of publication (in the case of a decision) or notification (in the case of revocation/amendment).

‘STATE BOARD MEMBERS PAID IN FULL DESPITE HEARING JUST ONE APPEAL SINCE 2008Members of a State Board dealing with appeals on aquaculture licences have been receiving remuneration for their work, despite hearing just one appeal since 2008. The Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board heard no appeals in 2009 or to date in 2010. Despite this the board were paid cumulative fees of €42,373 in 2008, €47,328 in 2009 and €23,332 to date in 2010. The total for the three years is €113,033. The figures were revealed in responses to two Parliamentary Questions by Lucinda Creighton TD.
According to its website the function of the Board, which comes under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources on aquaculture licence applications.
Commenting on the figures Deputy Creighton said: “Here we have another example of the Government’s total disregard for the use of tax-payers money. Despite not hearing any appeals this year or last, and just one appeal the previous year, the nine members continued to be paid.”
“In response to my parliamentary question Minister Smith gave the feeble excuse that the reason for the number of appeals before the board falling to its current level is that it has not proven possible to make determinations on many applications following a European Court of Justice Judgement. That may be the reason for the low number of appeals, but there is no excuse for continuing to pay the members of a board that has been rendered almost useless.”
“If this cavalier attitude to value for money, which has characterised this Government, allows over €113,000 to be wasted paying board members for nothing, then I dread to think of the waste of money that is still occurring across all Departments.” http://www.lucindacreighton.ie/2010/11/08/state-board-members-paid-in-full-despite-hearing-just-one-appeal-since-2008/

The ALAB website only contains annual reports up to 2005 and none thereafter.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
02-03-2011, 02:49 PM
National Transport Authority

John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).

Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.


Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.

Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.

Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.

Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.


Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.

Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?

Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager

Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;

‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486

Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/


Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?

Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.

Vacancy for ordinary member;

Dr. FIVE
02-03-2011, 07:15 PM
Mr. Brian Halpin, Former (until last year) Deputy DG and Secretary of the Central Bank was appointed to the board of the National Gallery by Mary Hanafin.
His wife Nuala Halpin, is now on the board of the Midlands Prison Visiting Committee courtesy of Dermot Ahern. Both canvassed for Mary this year.(Phoenix)

Full list of Hanafin's NatLib appointments (27/9/10) are here (http://www.library.ie/2010/09/27/new-board-of-directors-for-the-national-library-of-ireland-announced/).

Board Members

Mr. David Harvey Chairman
Chief Executive of City Channel Ltd, Ireland. Chairman of the national St Patrick’s Day Festival organisation and recently assumed the Chairmanship of Dublin Contemporary 2011.

Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter
Author, historian and university lecturer, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.

Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon
Head of the School of Humanities in Athlone Institute of Technology.

Mr. Brian Halpin – FCCA.
Former Deputy DG and Secretary of the Central Bank of Ireland.

Mr. Patrick McMahon
Galway City and County Librarian, former President of the Library Association of Ireland

Ms. Carol Maddock
Information Systems National Library of Ireland. Nominated by the staff of the National Library.

Mr. Des Marnane
Historian, writer and teacher. Hon. Sec. Tipperary Historical Society.

Mrs Susan Philips
Lecturer involved in community and rural affairs. Nominee and Council Member of Royal Dublin Society.

Ms. Pat Quinn
Secondary school teacher of English and History.

Mr. Paul Rellis
Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland.

Mr. H. Paul Shovlin
Company director, business consultant. Nominee and Council Member of Royal Dublin Society.

Prof. Robert Spoo
Robert Spoo is a member of the faculty at The University of Tulsa College of Law. He has a law doctorate from Yale University and a Ph.D in English from Princeton University. His particular expertise is in copyright, trademark and intellectual property.

Full list of Demot Ahern's 2010 appointments here (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0).
Including Rosemary Healy Rae's Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal post.

More to come.

Dr. FIVE
02-03-2011, 07:46 PM
Property Registration Authority, who Emily O'Reilly has criticised (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ombudsman-blasts-rise-in-state-secrecy-2156894.html) for being removed from the scope of the FoI Act .

Dermot Ahern appointments, four year terms.

John T. Coleman-€20,250, Served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman served as an Head of the College of Business and Law at University College Cork in Ireland from May 2006 to June 2007. He has been a Director of Nortek Inc. since July 1, 2010 and Rosetta Stone Inc., since May 2006. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at the School of Economics in the University College Cork. He served as a Director ... of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and also holds a Diploma in Personnel Management, a Diploma in Training and Development and a Diploma in Management Studies from Irish Management Institute.

Maire Whelan-€11,970 SC and has published a NAMA reference guide

Una Woods-€11,970 UL

Paul McSweeney-€11,970 CEO Local Government Management Agency, formerly Assistant National Director at HSE

Denis A. Byrne-€11,970

More names that didn't feature in the ministers reply. (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0)

Mr. Seamus Carroll, (Civil Law Reform Division, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform)
Mr. Michael Kelly
Mr. Peter Savage
Mr. Roderick Tyrrell
Mr. Michael Edwards (Staff Member)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-03-2011, 11:21 AM
cheers 5 I'll be adding a couple more quangos and then will brinng forward the updated list with your entries over the weekend;

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-03-2011, 02:07 PM
Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board is an independent, publicly funded organization. It has been in existence since 1979 and was set up as a statutory body on foot of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995. The Board's Mission Statement, set out in its Corporate Plan 2009 – 2011, is "To provide a professional, efficient, cost-effective and accessible legal aid and advice service". The Corporate Plan sets out a number of steps that the Board has adopted in order to achieve the objective set out in its Mission Statement. The Board itself consists of a chairperson and twelve ordinary members. They are appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and have a five-year term of office. The Board has an executive management structure primarily located at its Head Office at Quay St, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry and also at an office at 47 Upper Mount St, Dublin 2. The Board has thirty three full time law centres located throughout the country, as well as the Private Practitioner Service, a Refugee Documentation Centre and a library service located at Montague Court, Montague Lane, Dublin 2.

Chair Ms. Anne Colley, Solicitor. Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1974. Formerly of Anne Colley & Co in Dundrum, her practice was incorporated into dillon solicitors in June 2004. Anne is now a consultant solicitor with the firm. She is a former member of Dáil Éireann and returned to practice in 1989, setting up Anne Colley & Co. in 1992. Anne is Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board. She is a member of the statutory Private Residential Tenancies Board. Ann was a Progressive Democrat member of Dail Eireann for Dublin South 1987-89. Her father George Colley was a senior Fianna Fail Minister and her grandfather Henry was also a Fianna Fail TD. In 2006 she was commissioned to write a report on ‘Cohabiting Couples’ for Michael McDowell. Officially called the Options Paper on Cohabiting Couples, (2006) (Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform), the paper became known as the Colley Report.

Annual Fee €13,067

Ms. Kate Hayes (solicitor) I believe is the same Kate Hayes who was formerly Chair of the Equality Authority. Annual Fee €8,400

Mr. Jerry O'Connor, Solicitor Fee €8,400

Mr. Seamus Keelan Appointed in 2008 by Dermot Ahern. Listed as ‘accountant and local representative on Legal Aid Board reports. It appears this is the Seamus Keelan who is a retired Fianna Fail Councillor from Dundalk. Now that Conor Keelan his son sits on Dundalk Town Council on a seat passed down from grandfather to father to son Seamus presumably needed something to fill his time. Annual Fee €8,400

Ms. Dara Foynes, BL earned €37,606 as Junior Counsel working for the DPP in 2005 according to this Independent article from December of that year. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/director-of-public-prosecutions-spent-a-whopping-10m-on-barrister-fees-last-year-475486.html Don’t know if it’s the same Dara Foynes but a twitter account in that name carries the tweet ‘Mary O Rourke - legend, and great hair’ from last month. http://twitter.com/DaraFoynes . It would be odd if it wasn’t this Dara’s tweet as she has also linked to an article in the Sligo Weekender commenting on a case at which Dara Foynes barrister-at-law was chucking briefs around. Annual Fee €8,400

Ms. Elizabeth Murphy, BL a barrister in private practice from Castlegregory in Kerry. Annual Fee €8,400

Dr. Michael Buckley A retired Consultant Physician. Cannot be 100% sure but is this the same Michael Buckley who carried out the Buckley Review of senior civil servant (and hospital consultants’) pay in 2000 for the Department of Finance? This report recommended swingeing increases and is no small measure was it a starting gun for nonsensical pay rises across state boards and other quangos. Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2001/report38.pdf

Mr. Bob Browne, Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Ms. Niamh Moran, Solicitor Appointed to the Legal Aid Board by Brian Lenihan when he was Minister for Justice in 2007. Niamh was a Fianna Fail candidate in Mulhuddart and follows a family tradition of Fianna Fail politics as her uncle was a Fianna Fail Minister (Micheál Ó Móráin). http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/campaignwatch/2009/05/18/its-not-a-beauty-contest-you-know/ Niamh was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the State Claims Agency in 2010 and has a position as one of the legal representives on the Board of the Mental Health Commission.

Mr. Fergal Rooney, Solicitor, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board

Mr. Eamon Purcell, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board

Mr. Jim O'Farrell, Retired Principal Officer, Department of Finance

Ms. Breege Leonard, Retired Regional Manager, Department of Social Protection
http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/Content/Meet_The_Board

Spectabilis
03-03-2011, 02:09 PM
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/



I had a look at this. This 'emporium' as she describes it of gambling and racing at Two Mile Borris also includes a 'timber chapel' . Serving God and Mammon, eh?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-03-2011, 02:14 PM
More importantly with regulation in Ireland ready to duck and run anytime an 'employer' whines about being harrassed how long d'you think it would take before said casino was laundering large sums of money?

I'd give it about six months tops. And the fact that Lowry has said the money is coming from international sources. Not one journo has asked who the financiers are yet. I'm sure whoever they are they are squeaky clean.

There were a number of reasons why supercasino operations didn't go ahead in the UK and none of the right questions are being asked of Lowry about who is really behind the casino project.

Ireland to money launderers is like Cuba was to the Mafia before Castro stopped their game.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 12:00 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Nd-NL

National Development Agency
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Evaluation Unit
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Office
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Technology Unit

National Disability Authority Minister of State for Disability John Moloney appointed one person to the National Disability Authority in January 2011, James O’Grady Assistant National Director, Disability Services.

National Drugs Strategy Team
National Economic and Social Council
National Economic and Social Development Office
National Economic and Social Forum
National Education Welfare Board
National Employment Rights Authority
National Framework Committee for Work/Life Balance
National Forum on Europe
National Gallery of Ireland
National Haemophilia Council
National Library of Ireland
National Maternity Hospital
National Milk Agency
National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme (huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty.

In a reply to Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar Hanafin stated; ‘Professor Donnelly was reappointed. She originally served from 2 May 2005 to 2 May 2010. The remainder are new appointments. Both Professor Donnelly and Professor Woodman are members of the Royal Irish Academy and the appointments were made under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(c)) (Number 11 of 1997).

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the RDS and was appointed under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(a)) (Number 11 of 1997). Professor Gearoid O’Tuathaigh is a historian and academic, Ms Máirín de Brún a linguist and retired public servant and Ms Mary Crotty is an expert in marketing and public relations. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)
National Property Services Regulatory Authority
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
National Rehabilitation Authority
National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

National Safety Council
National Salmon Commission
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Standards Authority Ireland
National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).

Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.

Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.

Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.

Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.

Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.

Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.

Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?

Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager

Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/

Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the
Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?

Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.

Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission
National Development Finance Agency
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Sports Campus Development Authority
National Standards Authority of Ireland
National Statistics Board
National Tourism Development Agency
National Traveller Accomodation Committee
National Treatment Purchase Fund
National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)
Navan Education Centre
National University of Ireland
National Youth Work Advisory Council
Navan Town Council
Nenagh Town Council
New Ross Town Council
New Ross Port Authority
Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta
North Tipperary County Council
North Western Regional Fisheries Board
Northern Regional Fisheries Board
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 12:43 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Aa to Az

Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Advisory Committee for Human Medicine
Advisory Council for English Language Schools
Advisory Committee for Medical Devices
Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation
Advisory Science Council
Aer Lingus

Affordable Homes Partnership
Des Geraghty (Chairperson) 12,441.89
Mary Lambkin 3,068.53
Mary Higgins 3,068.53
Maureen Lynott Nil
Mary Mooney 1,150.28
Dublin City Manager* The appointees marked * are ex-officio and do not receive payment in respect of their Board membership
Fingal County Manager*
South Dublin County Manager*
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Manager*
CEO of Partnership*

An Bord Pleanála

Former Fianna Fail TD Brian Swift (Waterford) 1987-1989, solicitor, in second term as appointee which is due to finish December 2011. 2009 Annual Report does not give salary level for members of the Board but it is a salaried position and the Chairman earns between 220,000 and 240,000 which is tied to Judges' pay so you might take a ballpark guess for Board Members. The Members pay seems to be tied to senior PS rates but cannot confirm for sure at the moment.

John O’Connor (Chairperson) No fees payable. The chairperson and members are paid salaries as they are executive board members.
Brendan Aherne (Temporary Appointment)
Margaret Byrne
Lewis Clohessy
Derek Maynard
Ken Mawhinney (Temporary Appointment)
Michael Ward (Temporary Appointment)
Rosalind Nixon
Brian Hunt (Deputy Chairperson)
Michael Wall
Ann Quinn (Deputy Chairman)
Donough Murphy
Angela Tunney
Mary Bryan
Berna Grist
Brian Swift (Please see note above)
Jane Doyle
Karl Kent
Tom O’Connor (Temporary Appointment)

An Bord Uchtala
An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta
An Coimisiun Logainmneacha
An Daingean Education Support Centre
Animal Remedies Consultative Committee
An Post

An Post National Lottery Company The Executive

Donal Connell, Chief Executive*. Mr. Connell was appointed as Chief Executive on 14 August 2006. He began his career in the Department of Post and Telegraphs and has held senior manager positions in Unitrode Ireland, 3Com Ireland and Maxtor Ireland where he was General Manager prior to joining An Post. He is a non-executive director of Xilinx Corporation European Board and of Postbank Ireland Limited.

John Fitzgerald F.C.C.A*. (Chairman) Appointed 1 March, 2008, Mr. Fitzgerald has spent most of his career working in local government, serving in several senior positions, including that of Dublin City Manager from 1996 until 2006. He chaired the steering group which prepared and monitored the Strategic Planning Guidelines for the greater Dublin area. Currently, he is chairman of the Grangegorman Development Agency and of the two Regeneration Agencies set up in Limerick following his report to Government on problems of social exclusion in that city.
Our friend John here is the same chap who is a Trustee of ‘Common Purpose’ Ireland which is basically a club for people who like to think of themselves as an ‘elite’ group of trained leaders. Common Purpose is headquartered in the UK ad run by a lady called Julia Middleton with close contact with Francis Maude of the Conservative Party. Common Purpose are giving cause for concern in some quarters of the UK for their modus operandi which is to teach people like John ‘Leadership Beyond Authority’ skills while charging employers anywhere between £3000 to £9000 for their network expansion (thinly disguised as HR training courses).

John Daly, Retail Operations Director, Mr. Daly joined An Post in December 1988 having worked previously as a management accountant in FÁS. He is a director of The Prize Bond Company Limited. . Cannot verify this 100% at the moment. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1258.0

Jack Dempsey, Special Projects Director, Mr. Dempsey joined the Post Office in 1968 as an Executive Officer in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs.

Peter Gallagher, Director of Strategy & Business Excellence, Mr Gallagher joined An Post in April 2007 as Head of Strategy and Business Excellence. Prior to joining An Post, he had been a Partner in PA Consulting Group’s Global Business Transformation Practice.

Pat Knight, Human Resources Director, Mr. Knight joined An Post in March 2004 as Human Resources Director. Previously, he had been General Manager Human Resources at Waterford Crystal. Previous experience also includes work as a Personnel Officer with Bord na Móna plc.

Brian McCormick, Services Director, Mr. McCormick joined An Post in May 2002 as Strategy Director and was appointed to his current position of Services Director in October 2003. Prior experience includes CRH plc and Merrion Corporate Finance where he was a Director.

Liam O’Sullivan Mails Operations Director, Mr. O’Sullivan joined An Post in 1985 as a Post Office Clerk. Director of Mails Processing, Director of Collection & Delivery.

Peter Quinn, Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Quinn joined An Post in August 2004 having previously worked and held senior financial and strategic positions in PJ Carroll and Company plc and Monaghan Mushrooms Limited. Earlier in his career, he trained as a chartered accountant and worked in practice with KPMG. He is a director of Postbank Ireland Limited.

Liam Sheehan Sales and Marketing Director, Mr. Sheehan joined An Post in 2000 as General Manager Sales & Marketing and he was appointed as Sales & Marketing Director in October 2006. He is a director of the Irish Direct Marketing Association.

Michael Tyndall, Company Secretary Mr. Tyndall joined An Post in January 1989 as Head of Financial Accounting and he was appointed as Company Secretary in April 1998.

Barney Whelan, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Whelan joined An Post in January 2005. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He was appointed to his current position in October 2006.

The Board

Mr Patrick Compton member of the National Executive of the Communications Workers Union, a member of Arigna Leader Board and Roscommon County Development Board. He is a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited.

Mr Jerry Condon commenced work in 1971 with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and has worked as a Post Office Clerk for his entire career. Member of Union National Executive.

Anne Connolly*, Appointed on 23 November, 2007 Ms. Connolly is currently working as Director of the Ageing Well Network. She is also a director of Anne Connolly Consulting Limited, a strategic management consultancy company. Prior to forming this company, she worked as strategy manager with Kingspan plc and, before that, at senior management level in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has previously been on the boards of ICC Bank plc and APSO and she was chairperson of the Federation of Simon Communities in Ireland.

Paddy Costello Appointed 1 November, 2008 Paddy Costello joined the Post Office as a Junior Postperson in 1964. Currently serving as the Treasurer of the Dublin Postal Delivery Branch.

Ciara Hurley*, Appointed 3 April, 2006 Ms. Hurley is a Vice President at Quilter, which is part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She has over 20 years' experience as an investment manager working with high net worth individuals and families. She previously worked with Goodbody Stockbrokers as a Senior Portfolio Manager and with Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited as Investment Director. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

James Hyland*, Appointed 11 December, 2003 Mr. Hyland, a chartered accountant, is former Deputy Chief Executive of Golden Vale Group and was Group Chief Executive of Youghal Carpets plc. He is Managing Director of James Hyland & Company, Forensic Accountants, and a partner of Hyland Johnson Murray, Chartered Accountants. He is chairman or director of several companies including An Post National Lottery Company.

Brian McConnell, appointed 3 April, 2006 A career banker by profession, Mr. McConnell has vast experience in the Financial Services Sector. He has served as Chief Executive of Permanent tsb and Ulster Investment Bank (Corporate Banking / Finance).

Gerry O’Toole Employee Director. Gerry started in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in 1980 as a Junior Postman. In 1981, he transferred to Sheriff Street working in the Letter and Parcel Offices as a Postman.

John Quinlivan*, Appointed 24 June, 2008; second term Mr. Quinlivan has had a lengthy career in local government, serving in senior positions in nine counties, including fifteen years as Louth County Manager. He served for five years as a member of the National Roads Authority and he also served as a member of the Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Government Computer Services Board and An Comhairle.

Alan Sloane Postmaster Director Appointed 1 January, 2007; third term. Mr. Sloane has worked in the family grocery and post office business since 1976.

Catherine Woods Director – Appointed 4 February, 2008 Ms Woods has spent most of her career in London, concentrating on the financial sector. She has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions and stockbroking from her seventeen years with JP Morgan as a Vice President. Her mandates included the recapitalisation of Lloyds’ of London Insurance market and the re-privatisation of Scandinavian banks. Since her return to Ireland, she has served on the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel from 2004 to 2007, opining on appeals against decisions made by ComReg. At An Post, she was Finance Expert on the adjudication panel established by the Irish Government to oversee the rollout of the National Broadband scheme. According to Business Week she is also a non-executive director of Allied Irish Bank. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=41952053&ticker=ALBK:ID&previousCapId=324875&previousTitle=ALLIED%20IRISH%20BANKS-SPONS%20ADR

*On the Business Week/Bloomberg biographies for each of these executives there is a link under their names which reads 'Return to St. Vincent's Healthcare Group Ltd' . (which is a private hospital owning and management company). Oddly enough when you click on that link you are taken to the business profile for St Vincent’s Group HealthCare. St Vincent’s Group Healthcare has apparently either failed or declined to supply a list of Key Executives to Business Week/Bloomberg which is never a good sign.

St Vincent’s Group HealthCare took over St Lukes at some point in the not-too distant past and had to close it I believe. Bad atmosphere? Interestingly St Vincent’s private hospital in Dublin their annual report mention a tie-in across some sub-board level with the Mater Hospital. Both hospitals are majority share-owned by Catholic religious orders.

Aquaculture Licenses Appeal Board

Chairman Mr Mark O’Connell (barrister)
Mr Mario J Minehane, Deputy Chairman
Mr Sean Murphy (Possible same Sean Murphy as MD of Trouw fishfood suppliers?)
Mr Lorcán O Cinnéide (CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Association)
Ms Karin Dubsky (Marine Ecologist and former Director of Coastwatch)
Mr Michael Sweeney
Secretary Ms Ann Marie Mahon

‘STATE BOARD MEMBERS PAID IN FULL DESPITE HEARING JUST ONE APPEAL SINCE 2008

Members of a State Board dealing with appeals on aquaculture licences have been receiving remuneration for their work, despite hearing just one appeal since 2008. The Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board heard no appeals in 2009 or to date in 2010. Despite this the board were paid cumulative fees of €42,373 in 2008, €47,328 in 2009 and €23,332 to date in 2010. The total for the three years is €113,033. The figures were revealed in responses to two Parliamentary Questions by Lucinda Creighton TD[/B].
According to its website the function of the Board, which comes under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources on aquaculture licence applications.
Commenting on the figures Deputy Creighton said: “Here we have another example of the Government’s total disregard for the use of tax-payers money. Despite not hearing any appeals this year or last, and just one appeal the previous year, the nine members continued to be paid.”
“In response to my parliamentary question Minister Smith gave the feeble excuse that the reason for the number of appeals before the board falling to its current level is that it has not proven possible to make determinations on many applications following a European Court of Justice Judgement. That may be the reason for the low number of appeals, but there is no excuse for continuing to pay the members of a board that has been rendered almost useless.”
“If this cavalier attitude to value for money, which has characterised this Government, allows over €113,000 to be wasted paying board members for nothing, then I dread to think of the waste of money that is still occurring across all Departments.” http://www.lucindacreighton.ie/2010/11/08/state-board-members-paid-in-full-despite-hearing-just-one-appeal-since-2008/ The ALAB website only contains annual reports up to 2005 and none thereafter.

Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee
Ardee Town Council
Arklow Town Council
Arklow Harbour Commissioners
Army Pensions Board
Arts Council, The
Athlone Town Council
Athy Town Council
Athlone Education Support Centre
Athlone Institute of Technology Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Fergal Lynam (Athlone Institute of Technology) on the 18th January 2011. Fergal is Managing Director of IO Systems, Athlone and nominee to the County Westmeath Vocational Educational Committee (IoT Acts 1992 - 2006).
Attorney General, Office of the

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 01:01 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Nd-NL

National Development Agency
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Evaluation Unit
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Office
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Technology Unit

National Disability Authority Minister of State for Disability John Moloney appointed one person to the National Disability Authority in January 2011, James O’Grady Assistant National Director, Disability Services.

National Drugs Strategy Team
National Economic and Social Council
National Economic and Social Development Office
National Economic and Social Forum
National Education Welfare Board
National Employment Rights Authority
National Framework Committee for Work/Life Balance
National Forum on Europe
National Gallery of Ireland
National Haemophilia Council
National Library of Ireland

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 01:02 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Nm-Ns

National Maternity Hospital

National Milk Agency Anybody know anything about the retired Garda Sergeant who is a member of the National Milk Agency (see below) and also seems to have a fierce attachment to consumer protection- very little problem being appointed a Treasurer for the Consumers Association? Can find almost nothing about him online except for his various appointments and would be grateful for any info on him. Nothing obvious about him except for appointments online.

National Milk Agency
The National Milk Agency was established by the Oireachtas to regulate the supply of milk for liquid consumption throughout the State in accordance with the provisions of the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994.

Chairman Denis Murphy was appointed as the first Chairman of the National Milk Agency on its establishment in 1994. A graduate in commerce from UCC he also holds an MBA degree from UCC and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. As a Fulbright scholar he studied farmer co-operatives, corporate strategy and finance at the University of Minnesota. He has served as a member of the Industrial Development Authority and a director of the Irish Dairy Board, the National Dairy Council and the Irish Dairy Industries Association and was the Irish representative on the processing costs working group of the European Dairy Industries Association. He was chief executive and previously financial controller and secretary of Ballyclough Co-operative Creamery, deputy chief executive of Dairygold Co-operative Society, and group financial controller and previously management accountant of Mitchelstown Co-operative Agricultural Society. In his early career he was a business advisory officer with ICOS. (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).


Chief Executive Muiris Ó Céidigh is the Agency's founding Chief Executive. He was responsible for implementing the national regulatory system established by the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 within the liquid milk sector. He has extensive experience of public management and regulation. He holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen's University Belfast. As a solicitor with B.A. and LL.B. in law, prior to being appointed to the Agency, he was the first to be awarded the O'Reilly Prize in commercial law by Sir Anthony O'Reilly and subsequently gained extensive experience as a commercial lawyer specialising in banking and financial product development with one of Ireland's largest commercial law firms - A & L Goodbody. He has fifteen years experience as a regulator in the liquid milk sector. He holds an M. Sc. (Econ)(Public Policy) and an MBA from Trinity College specialising in liquid milk product development at Avonmore Liquid Milk Division.

Agency Members

Producer’s Representative Eamonn Bray dairy farmer from Delvin, Co. Westmeath. He has been farming over thirty five years and has currently milking some ninety five cows. He currently hold various positions within the Dairy Industry: a member of the Board of the National Milk Agency, Chairman of the IFA's National Liquid Milk Committee, a member of IFA's National Executive, a Director of the National Dairy Council, a Director of the Dairy Research Levy Board and a Member of Glanbia's PLC Council. His former positions include: Chairman of Westmeath IFA, a member of IFA's Dairy Committee and Chairman of Fresh Milk Producers.

Eamonn McEnteggart is a dairy farmer from Knockbridge Co. Louth. Eamonn milks year round with a portion of his milk under Liquid contract to Glanbia. He is married to Theresa and has 4 young children. As Chairman of the Fresh Milk Producers he represents over 1000 liquid Milk farmers supplying Glanbia. He believes all Liquid Milk Farmers deserve adequate compensation for the extra work, time and cost in supplying year round milk.


Processor’s Representative Frank Tobin was appointed to the National Milk Agency in May 2007 representing milk processors and is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Glanbia Food Plc's, Consumer Division. Frank has worked with Glanbia Foods Plc and attained national and international experience and having worked in the Food Ingredients, Agri-Trading, Meat, Corporate and Consumer Foods Divisions of Glanbia at a senior level over many years within the Finance and Operations
functions.

Consumer’s Representative Richard Donohue’s current positions include, Incoming treasurer of The Consumers Association of Ireland, member of the National Milk Agency, member of the Department of Agriculture Consumer Liaison Panel and a member of The Department of Education, National Council for Guidance in Education. He is a retired sergeant in An Garda Síochana.

Retailer’s Representative John Foster is a Peace Commissioner (Wicklow) and was President RGDATA (1981 - 1985 and 1995 - 1997). He is also a director of Sash Ltd.

http://www.icos.ie/home/index.asp

National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme (huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty.

In a reply to Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar Hanafin stated; ‘Professor Donnelly was reappointed. She originally served from 2 May 2005 to 2 May 2010. The remainder are new appointments. Both Professor Donnelly and Professor Woodman are members of the Royal Irish Academy and the appointments were made under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(c)) (Number 11 of 1997).

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the RDS and was appointed under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(a)) (Number 11 of 1997). Professor Gearoid O’Tuathaigh is a historian and academic, Ms Máirín de Brún a linguist and retired public servant and Ms Mary Crotty is an expert in marketing and public relations. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)
National Property Services Regulatory Authority
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
National Rehabilitation Authority
National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

National Safety Council
National Salmon Commission
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Standards Authority Ireland
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Sports Campus Development Authority
National Statistics Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 01:06 PM
Quango Hammer Tidy-up

Quangos Nt-Nz

National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).

Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.

Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.

Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.

Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.

Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.

Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.

Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?

Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager

Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/

Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the
Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?

Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.

Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission
National Development Finance Agency
National Tourism Development Agency
National Traveller Accomodation Committee
National Treatment Purchase Fund
National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)
Navan Education Centre
National University of Ireland
National Youth Work Advisory Council
Navan Town Council
Nenagh Town Council
New Ross Town Council
New Ross Port Authority
Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta
North Tipperary County Council
North Western Regional Fisheries Board
Northern Regional Fisheries Board
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-03-2011, 03:06 PM
Right- going to bring the whole lot forward in alphabetical order and I have a list of the proposed mergers and changes from the An Snip Nua report so will mark those quangos accordingly.

If I recall correctly An Snip Nua reported in 2009 with work on merging and slimming down quangos to be carried out over 2010? Although the report is a little vague on timelines as far as I can see none of the Snip Nua recommendations have been carried out as yet.

Might as well mark them up though as we can then check later on what progress has been made ...

Dr. FIVE
08-03-2011, 11:10 PM
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/08/ireland-cbank-idUKLDE7272AG20110308

TotalMayhem
08-03-2011, 11:18 PM
Another academic known for selling his "opinion" to the highest bidder....

Captain Con O'Sullivan
11-03-2011, 01:50 PM
Enterprise Ireland

Chairman Hugh Cooney Hugh Cooney was educated at St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, and at UCD (B.Comm). He is a Certified Accountant. Hugh has worked with a number of the major professional and advisory firms, including Stokes Kennedy Crowley, NCB Corporate Finance, Arthur Andersen and BDO Simpson Xavier. He retired from practice in 2008 and is now a Company Director and a Consultant with KPMG. He has 22 years experience in corporate restructuring and corporate recovery, and in more recent years has specialised in corporate finance with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt fundraising, corporate re-structuring and strategic advice. His current Directorships include Aon MacDonagh Boland Group, Origin Enterprises Plc, and he is Chairman of Siteserv Plc.

November 2008; ‘A POLITICAL donor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been given a prestigious State agency job. Hugh Cooney, an accountant and former Offaly minor footballer, gave a political donation of €1,000 to Mr Cowen before the last general election. He was named yesterday as chairman of the State's job creation body, Enterprise Ireland. But the move has been criticised by the Opposition, who said the lack of a transparent appointments process gave rise to accusations of "cronyism" and "jobbery". A Government spokesman confirmed that Mr Cooney was one of 18 election donors who gave €1,000 each to Mr Cowen after a golf fundraiser in 2006’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-donor-gets-plum-job-amid-cries-of-cronyism-1532780.html

July 2010 ‘Mr Cooney, who is a financial contributor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen, named KPMG and BDO Simpson Xavier as accountancy companies where he may have a potential conflict. Mr Cooney is a consultant and former partner at accountants KPMG, which received gigs to the value of €83,000 last year from EI’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Chief Executive Frank Ryan As CEO, Frank is appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, is a member of the Board of Enterprise Ireland and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Forfás. Frank held a range of senior positions in the Industrial Development Agency (IDA Ireland).

October 2009. ‘At Enterprise Ireland, CEO Frank Ryan is paid €222,000 a year. He has a company car, receives vouched expenses and will also retire on a whopper of a pension’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/no-such-thing-as-a-recession-for-top-brass-in-civil-service-1903854.html

July 2010. ‘Smaller personal interests were named by Intel's Jim O'Hara and Mr Ryan, who doubles up as a director of the Digital Hub’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Michael Buckley is a former Chief Executive of Allied Irish Banks and, prior to that, Managing Director of NCB Group. He is the non-executive Chairman of DCC plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other quoted companies as well as being a senior advisor to a number of Irish and international businesses.

July 2010 ‘Former AIB boss Mr Buckley has declared close to €1m of transactions presenting a possible conflict. As a shareholder in Kingspan, Mr Buckley has revealed that EI gave payments to the publicly quoted company of €26,000, plus €415,000 to subsidiary Kingspan Century. He has also listed Zamano Solutions, a mobile company assisted by EI to the extent of €350,000.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Dr. Catherine Caulfield is the Co-Founder of Biological-Laboratories Limited, Ballina, Co Mayo. The company was sold to Charles River Laboratories Inc. in 2002.
Catherine is a graduate of NUIG (PhD, BSc. in Microbiology & H.Dip.Ed.), and the Open University (MBA). She is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and Chartered Biologists. Catherine has held many board positions including the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), and The Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation. She is a member of the Governing Body of NUI Galway.

Gearoid Doyle was appointed to the board of Enterprise Ireland in 2007. He is the founder of Kinsale Capital Management, a leading hedge fund company with a global investor base. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch in London and Chicago where he ran the international equities group. Prior to setting up Kinsale Capital Gearoid was a director and Head of Equities Sales and Trading at Goodbody Stockbrokers.

There is a bit of a mystery around Kinsale Capital Management. Given that Elan have a shareholder activist currently targeting alleged mismanagement at board level and noting that Elan CEO G Kelly Morgan appeared as a backer of Kinsale Capital Management on their website only to disappear from the text when questions arose concerning possible conflicts of interest with Elan privileged information. Given that Enterprise Ireland has significant dealings with Elan it would seem appropriate that Mr Doyle be very careful about commenting on any Elan connected support proposed at Enterprise Ireland.
Kinsale Capital Management are rumoured to have significant BankOfAmerica Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank connections so this one might keep the governance directors at Enterprise Ireland on their toes.http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=160&mn=400410&pt=msg&mid=8540394


Michael McLoone (brother of outgoing IMPACT union General Secretary and Chairman of the ICTU Peter McLoone) retired from the post of Donegal County Manager in July 2010. He served as Donegal County Manager since 1994. An Environmental Health officer, he spent his early career in Public Health Services. Michael has also served in a number of public sector roles including:
Chairman, Donegal County Enterprise Board
Chairman, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Member, Western Development Commission
Chairman, Irish Blood Transfusion Board
Member, Health Service Executive
Chair, Donegal Airport Board
Member, Ulster-Scots Agency Board
As County Manager, Michael has undertaken a series of reforming initiatives, including the decentralisation of Council services to new Public Service Centres in each electoral area.

June 2010; ‘THE manager of Donegal County Council, Michael McLoone, has defended himself following a damning report detailing €2.5m in payments to consultants including bills for expensive wines and tips to waiters. The internal audit relates to the company One Sigma Ltd which was put in place to design a new management system at the council. Highly critical of the use of the company, the auditor detailed fees paid to One Sigma and to other companies associated with consultants Stephen Cang and David Stroll. Concerns began earlier this year when it emerged that proper tendering procedures were not used in the procurement of the consultants.The report noted that while the government had ordered a curb on local authority spending on professional fees in 2009, money paid to the company increased by 50% in the same year. There were also concerns about advance payments made in 2008 due to "cash flow problems" with the company. At the same time the council was operating from an overdraft and was in the process of redundancies. A clause in the contract insisted the council foot the bill for business class flights between Belfast and London, first class rail tickets and hotels that must be of four star quality.’ http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2010/jun/20/donegal-council-manager-defends-25m-consultants-fe/

Bob Savage is Vice President and General Manager, EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence. Bob took over as General Manager in 2008 and has been with EMC Corporation for over 22 years. Prior to EMC, Bob worked for a number of small and medium enterprises in Ireland and lectured at CIT for a number of years.

Liam Meaney was appointed to the Enterprise Ireland Board in 2007. Liam has over 40 years experience with major multi-national organisations. He has worked in the Drinks industry for over 30 years, 20 of which at Board level. Liam is a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

July 2010; ‘ Other directors to confront possible conflicts by virtue of their positions as directors included drinks industry veteran Liam Meaney, who named Ryanair, Grafton and AIB as potential flashpoints.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Máire Ní Thuathail, A native of Tourmakeady in Co Mayo, is the founder and Managing Director of EO Teilifís. Máire, an Agriculture Science graduate from UCD, worked as a teacher for three years in North West Donegal. She later joined Bord na Gaeilge, the Government agency responsible for the Irish language and culture, as an Education Executive. In 1988 she decided on a change of career and joined Coco Television as a researcher on the successful youth magazine series Púiríní.
In 1989, Máire founded EO Teilifís and, since its inception, has developed the company to become one of the main players in the independent production sector in Ireland. Her contribution to the audio visual world was recognised by the Government in 1998 when she was appointed as a member of the Independent Radio and Television Commission.

Maire’s company EO Teilifis was awarded the contract for a Gaelic language newspaper by Foras na Gaeilge, announced November 2010. Torann na dTonn Teoranta, the entity awarded the contract is a joint enterprise between the Connacht Tribune and EO Teilifis. http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=3432


Helen Nugent was appointed to the Board in March 2008. Ms Nugent is a Principal Officer at the Office of Science and Technology, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.

Jim OHara is vice president, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation and Intel Ireland general manager. Jim took over the role of Intel Ireland general manager in April 2002 and is responsible for Intel's manufacturing operations in Ireland. -He is a member of both the management and governing boards for ICT Ireland. In 2005 he joined the board of the Smurfitt Business School at University College Dublin, and the Institute Board of CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) at Trinity College Dublin. In 2007, Jim was appointed as a member of the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and in July 2008 he joined the board of Business in the Community Ireland. Jim was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the National University of Ireland.

Rita Shah was appointed to the Board in October 2010. She is a co-founder of the Monaghan based Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group. A multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Rita has since steered the company through vertical integration, innovation and R&D, to become an industry leader in the clean technology sector through plastic recycling, reprocessing and manufacturing of recycled bags and sacks, thus closing the loop. With a client list that includes blue-chip companies, the company is able to export recyclate material worldwide, which has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years. Rita has strategically placed the company to ensure this trend is set to continue well into the future. Rita was appointed onto the Small Business Forum in 2006 and worked with Plastics Ireland and also the RX3 Working Group. For the past number of years, Rita has been a judge on the Small Business Firms awards. She has taken on the role of mentor and advisor for Women in Business via the Growing for Growth Programme for the past three years. Rita is also actively involved in the Monaghan Business Leaders Forum on Economic Strategy.

Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group are in receipt of a €3.5 million Enterprise Ireland-backed investment. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0910/1224278565595.html

Ongoing issues
With Enterprise Ireland being mooted as a new super-quango and according to Colm McCarthy’s An Snip Nua Report due to take over the work of a number of other semi-state bodies it would be advisable that Enterprise Ireland makes sure it has proper corporate governance procedures in place as they are perilously close to charges of cronyism and misunderstandings may arise should Enterprise Ireland Board Members become involved in any conflicts of interest with their own investments. It seems odd that EI should not have expertise on an advisory board but possible conflicts are a little too close when actual EI Board Members are discussing issues which affect their own investments in various sectors.
‘It is proposed that the County and City Enterprise Boards, the Business Innovation Centres, the Western Development Commission and the enterprise functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Shannon Development, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, LEADER and Teagasc, as well as sector-specific agencies such as the Irish Film Board, should be merged within a re-constituted Enterprise Ireland. The streamlined agency should also lead to major savings in overall administration costs including staff numbers. The Group considers that the new enterprise body should operate a regional office network based upon the nine Gateways identified in the National Spatial Strategy, leading to savings in local office accommodation costs. Savings in overseas office costs would also arise.’ (page 15 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf)

Dr. FIVE
13-03-2011, 03:27 PM
Just following a few trails here and there this afternoon and its good to see how many times this thread is popping on google.

Good work everyone.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
13-03-2011, 03:42 PM
Yeah I've been taking it fairly easy since the election on a self-declared break but feel like upping the volume again now. I am finding this thread popping up high on google searches on things like 'Ireland' and 'quango' and even when checking some names its starting to match with the thread itself ... Munnkeyman's Quango Ireland wiki comes up as well quite high I notice.

I've been celebrating the good kicking FF got in the election and plotting ways to kick them when they are down. Which is the best time to kick them I'd suggest.

Been wading through the McCarthy report for fun as well. Should be possible to identify the top quangocrats nearer the end of this lengthy exercise as I'm deep enough in it to have noticed that the biographies of some quango directors are trimmed to avoid mentioning some of their appointments.

Particularly around sensitive sectors like banking/finance and private hospital companies.

Dr. FIVE
13-03-2011, 04:01 PM
Noel Ahern appointments.

Cllr. Michael Maguire (FF) also collects €34,826 as a driver.
Another is Sean Moore, could he be a relative of the late FF TD for DSE of the same name?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 01:57 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Aa to An

Advisory Board for Irish Aid Was subsumed into the Dept of Foreign Affairs in Dec 2008.

Advisory Committee for Human Medicine Set up under the Medicines Board Act 1995 the ACHM advises the Irish Medical Board on cases where there has been an appeal against a ruling on a human medicine and its placement in the market by the IMB. The current Advisory Board is made up of suitably qualified personnel (appointed by the Minister for Health and Children); The Clinical Trials Committee is a sub-committee of the ACHM. The Advsiory Committee meets six times per annum. Members of the Committee receive an allowance for expenses.

Prof. Brendan Buckley (Chairman)
Dr. Paul Browne
Dr. Kevin Connolly
Dr. Desmond Corrigan
Prof. Mary Horgan
Prof. David Kerins
Ms. Marita Kinsella
Prof. Patrick Murray
Mr. Ronan Quirke
Dr. Patrick Sullivan
Mr. Peter Weedle

Advisory Council for English Language Schools As of January 2010, ACELS is now part of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

Advisory Committee for Medical Devices The committee comprises of 12 independent experts who have been appointed by the Minister for Health & Children for a five year term. Members of the Committee are entitled to an allowance for expenses.

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation Following the withdrawal of SIPTU representation on this Advisory Council the Council was dissolved in January 2011 and its primary function taken over by the National Transport Authority under the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009. The Taxi Regulation Directorate of the National Transport Authority is now responsible for the exercise of the functions set out in the Taxi Regulation Act 2003. The Advisory Council is now known as the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles. http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/public_transport/regulation_of_taxis_and_small_public_service_vehic les.html

Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation The Advisory Science Council is composed of representatives of academia, enterprise / professional sector and a representative from Forfás. Other relevant Government Departments may also be invited to attend as observers. Funding for the operation of the Advisory Council which has no staff of its own is provided by Forfas, the national policy and advisory board for science, technology and innovation. Forfas also provides secretariat and other support services to the Council. http://cordis.europa.eu/erawatch/index.cfm?fuseaction=org.document&uuid=847BE607-E74D-75B8-1C73F2AF90A3A1B9

Chairman Dr Tom McCarthy
Head of Secretariat; John Dooley is Head of Science, Technology and Basic Research Policy, Forfás.
Dr. Sean Baker, Executive Director, IONA Technologies Plc
Bernadette Butler, Managing Director, Good 4U Food and Drink Co. Ltd
Prof. Dolores Cahill, Professor of Translational Science, Conway Institute, University College Dublin
Martin D. Shanahan, Chief Executive, Forfás
Prof. Anita R. Maguire, Prof. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, NUI Cork
Paul McCambridge, Managing Director VP EMEA, Xilinx Ireland
John McGowan, Managing Director, Michael McNamara & Co
Prof. Brian MacCraith, President - Dublin City University
Marion Coy, President Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Prof. Roger Whatmore Chief Executive Officer, Tyndall National Insitute

Aer Lingus

Affordable Homes Partnership
Des Geraghty (Chairperson) 12,441.89
Mary Lambkin 3,068.53
Mary Higgins 3,068.53
Maureen Lynott Nil
Mary Mooney 1,150.28
Dublin City Manager* The appointees marked * are ex-officio and do not receive payment in respect of their Board membership
Fingal County Manager*
South Dublin County Manager*
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Manager*
CEO of Partnership*

An Bord Pleanála

Former Fianna Fail TD Brian Swift (Waterford) 1987-1989, solicitor, in second term as appointee which is due to finish December 2011. 2009 Annual Report does not give salary level for members of the Board but it is a salaried position and the Chairman earns between 220,000 and 240,000 which is tied to Judges' pay so you might take a ballpark guess for Board Members. The Members pay seems to be tied to senior PS rates but cannot confirm for sure at the moment.

John O’Connor (Chairperson) No fees payable. The chairperson and members are paid salaries as they are executive board members.
Brendan Aherne (Temporary Appointment)
Margaret Byrne
Lewis Clohessy
Derek Maynard
Ken Mawhinney (Temporary Appointment)
Michael Ward (Temporary Appointment)
Rosalind Nixon
Brian Hunt (Deputy Chairperson)
Michael Wall
Ann Quinn (Deputy Chairman)
Donough Murphy
Angela Tunney
Mary Bryan
Berna Grist
Brian Swift (Please see note above)
Jane Doyle
Karl Kent
Tom O’Connor (Temporary Appointment)

An Bord Uchtala

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta Identified in the June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report by Colm McCarthy as appropriate for closure under the public expenditure savings programme. Mary Coughlan however appears to have nominated an entirely new board for this quango in October 2010 so it looks like McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' has been ignored here also.

An Coimisiun Logainmneacha This is a website operation rather than a quango. Run by DCU for the Dept of Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs it was set up as a project to give official versions of placenames in Irish.

An Daingean Education Support Centre This isn't a quango but comes under expenditure for the Dept of Education I believe. Doesn't appear to have a seperate secretariat or website.

Animal Remedies Consultative Committee I believe this may be a sub-committee of the Irish Medicines Board. Doesn't appear to be a separate qango with secretariat and budget.

An Post National Lottery Company The Executive

Donal Connell, Chief Executive*. Mr. Connell was appointed as Chief Executive on 14 August 2006. He began his career in the Department of Post and Telegraphs and has held senior manager positions in Unitrode Ireland, 3Com Ireland and Maxtor Ireland where he was General Manager prior to joining An Post. He is a non-executive director of Xilinx Corporation European Board and of Postbank Ireland Limited.

John Fitzgerald F.C.C.A*. (Chairman) Appointed 1 March, 2008, Mr. Fitzgerald has spent most of his career working in local government, serving in several senior positions, including that of Dublin City Manager from 1996 until 2006. He chaired the steering group which prepared and monitored the Strategic Planning Guidelines for the greater Dublin area. Currently, he is chairman of the Grangegorman Development Agency and of the two Regeneration Agencies set up in Limerick following his report to Government on problems of social exclusion in that city.
Our friend John here is the same chap who is a Trustee of ‘Common Purpose’ Ireland which is basically a club for people who like to think of themselves as an ‘elite’ group of trained leaders. Common Purpose is headquartered in the UK ad run by a lady called Julia Middleton with close contact with Francis Maude of the Conservative Party. Common Purpose are giving cause for concern in some quarters of the UK for their modus operandi which is to teach people like John ‘Leadership Beyond Authority’ skills while charging employers anywhere between £3000 to £9000 for their network expansion (thinly disguised as HR training courses).

John Daly, Retail Operations Director, Mr. Daly joined An Post in December 1988 having worked previously as a management accountant in FÁS. He is a director of The Prize Bond Company Limited. . Cannot verify this 100% at the moment. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1258.0

Peter Gallagher, Director of Strategy & Business Excellence, Mr Gallagher joined An Post in April 2007 as Head of Strategy and Business Excellence. Prior to joining An Post, he had been a Partner in PA Consulting Group’s Global Business Transformation Practice.

Pat Knight, Human Resources Director, Mr. Knight joined An Post in March 2004 as Human Resources Director. Previously, he had been General Manager Human Resources at Waterford Crystal. Previous experience also includes work as a Personnel Officer with Bord na Móna plc.

Brian McCormick, Services Director, Mr. McCormick joined An Post in May 2002 as Strategy Director and was appointed to his current position of Services Director in October 2003. Prior experience includes CRH plc and Merrion Corporate Finance where he was a Director.

Peter Quinn, Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Quinn joined An Post in August 2004 having previously worked and held senior financial and strategic positions in PJ Carroll and Company plc and Monaghan Mushrooms Limited. Earlier in his career, he trained as a chartered accountant and worked in practice with KPMG. He is a director of Postbank Ireland Limited.

Liam Sheehan Sales and Marketing Director, Mr. Sheehan joined An Post in 2000 as General Manager Sales & Marketing and he was appointed as Sales & Marketing Director in October 2006. He is a director of the Irish Direct Marketing Association.

Michael Tyndall, Company Secretary Mr. Tyndall joined An Post in January 1989 as Head of Financial Accounting and he was appointed as Company Secretary in April 1998.

Barney Whelan, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Whelan joined An Post in January 2005. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He was appointed to his current position in October 2006.

The Board

Mr Patrick Compton member of the National Executive of the Communications Workers Union, a member of Arigna Leader Board and Roscommon County Development Board. He is a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited.

Mr Jerry Condon commenced work in 1971 with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and has worked as a Post Office Clerk for his entire career. Member of Union National Executive.

Anne Connolly*, Appointed on 23 November, 2007 Ms. Connolly is currently working as Director of the Ageing Well Network. She is also a director of Anne Connolly Consulting Limited, a strategic management consultancy company. Prior to forming this company, she worked as strategy manager with Kingspan plc and, before that, at senior management level in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has previously been on the boards of ICC Bank plc and APSO and she was chairperson of the Federation of Simon Communities in Ireland.

Ciara Hurley*, Appointed 3 April, 2006 Ms. Hurley is a Vice President at Quilter, which is part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She has over 20 years' experience as an investment manager working with high net worth individuals and families. She previously worked with Goodbody Stockbrokers as a Senior Portfolio Manager and with Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited as Investment Director. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

James Hyland*, Appointed 11 December, 2003 Mr. Hyland, a chartered accountant, is former Deputy Chief Executive of Golden Vale Group and was Group Chief Executive of Youghal Carpets plc. He is Managing Director of James Hyland & Company, Forensic Accountants, and a partner of Hyland Johnson Murray, Chartered Accountants. He is chairman or director of several companies including An Post National Lottery Company.

John Quinlivan*, Appointed 24 June, 2008; second term Mr. Quinlivan has had a lengthy career in local government, serving in senior positions in nine counties, including fifteen years as Louth County Manager. He served for five years as a member of the National Roads Authority and he also served as a member of the Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Government Computer Services Board and An Comhairle.

Alan Sloane Postmaster Director Appointed 1 January, 2007; third term. Mr. Sloane has worked in the family grocery and post office business since 1976.

Catherine Woods Director – Appointed 4 February, 2008 Ms Woods has spent most of her career in London, concentrating on the financial sector. She has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions and stockbroking from her seventeen years with JP Morgan as a Vice President. Her mandates included the recapitalisation of Lloyds’ of London Insurance market and the re-privatisation of Scandinavian banks. Since her return to Ireland, she has served on the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel from 2004 to 2007, opining on appeals against decisions made by ComReg. At An Post, she was Finance Expert on the adjudication panel established by the Irish Government to oversee the rollout of the National Broadband scheme. According to Business Week she is also a non-executive director of Allied Irish Bank. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=41952053&ticker=ALBK:ID&previousCapId=324875&previousTitle=ALLIED%20IRISH%20BANKS-SPONS%20ADR

*On the Business Week/Bloomberg biographies for each of these executives there is a link under their names which reads 'Return to St. Vincent's Healthcare Group Ltd' . (which is a private hospital owning and management company). Oddly enough when you click on that link you are taken to the business profile for St Vincent’s Group HealthCare. St Vincent’s Group Healthcare has apparently either failed or declined to supply a list of Key Executives to Business Week/Bloomberg which is never a good sign.

St Vincent’s Group HealthCare took over St Lukes at some point in the not-too distant past and had to close it I believe. Bad atmosphere? Interestingly St Vincent’s private hospital in Dublin their annual report mention a tie-in across some sub-board level with the Mater Hospital. Both hospitals are majority share-owned by Catholic religious orders.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 01:58 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ao to Az

Aquaculture Licenses Appeal Board

Chairman Mr Mark O’Connell (barrister)
Mr Mario J Minehane, Deputy Chairman
Mr Sean Murphy (Possible same Sean Murphy as MD of Trouw fishfood suppliers?)
Mr Lorcán O Cinnéide (CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Association)
Ms Karin Dubsky (Marine Ecologist and former Director of Coastwatch)
Mr Michael Sweeney
Secretary Ms Ann Marie Mahon

‘STATE BOARD MEMBERS PAID IN FULL DESPITE HEARING JUST ONE APPEAL SINCE 2008

Members of a State Board dealing with appeals on aquaculture licences have been receiving remuneration for their work, despite hearing just one appeal since 2008. The Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board heard no appeals in 2009 or to date in 2010. Despite this the board were paid cumulative fees of €42,373 in 2008, €47,328 in 2009 and €23,332 to date in 2010. The total for the three years is €113,033. The figures were revealed in responses to two Parliamentary Questions by Lucinda Creighton TD[/B].
According to its website the function of the Board, which comes under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources on aquaculture licence applications.
Commenting on the figures Deputy Creighton said: “Here we have another example of the Government’s total disregard for the use of tax-payers money. Despite not hearing any appeals this year or last, and just one appeal the previous year, the nine members continued to be paid.”
“In response to my parliamentary question Minister Smith gave the feeble excuse that the reason for the number of appeals before the board falling to its current level is that it has not proven possible to make determinations on many applications following a European Court of Justice Judgement. That may be the reason for the low number of appeals, but there is no excuse for continuing to pay the members of a board that has been rendered almost useless.”
“If this cavalier attitude to value for money, which has characterised this Government, allows over €113,000 to be wasted paying board members for nothing, then I dread to think of the waste of money that is still occurring across all Departments.” http://www.lucindacreighton.ie/2010/11/08/state-board-members-paid-in-full-despite-hearing-just-one-appeal-since-2008/ The ALAB website only contains annual reports up to 2005 and none thereafter.

Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee
Ardee Town Council
Arklow Town Council
Arklow Harbour Commissioners
Army Pensions Board
Arts Council, The
Athlone Town Council
Athy Town Council
Athlone Education Support Centre

Athlone Institute of Technology Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Fergal Lynam (Athlone Institute of Technology) on the 18th January 2011. Fergal is Managing Director of IO Systems, Athlone and nominee to the County Westmeath Vocational Educational Committee (IoT Acts 1992 - 2006).

Attorney General, Office of the

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:03 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ba to Bz

Balbriggan Town Council
Ballina Town Council
Ballinasloe Town Council
Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commissioners
Ballybay Town Council
Ballyshannon Town Council
Bandon Town Council
Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners
Bantry Town Council
Beaumont Hospital Board
Belturbet Town Council
Birr Town Council
Blanchardstown IT
Blackrock Education Support Centre
Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital
Board of the Commissioners for Charitable Donations

Board of Trinity College (Unremunerated) Jackie Gallagher, former advisor to ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern appointed to this Board by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan for a period of 5 years from September 2010. On the Trinity College Board sits also Irish Human Rights Commssioner Olive Braiden who was herself a Fianna Fail candidate as long ago as 1995.

Board for the Employment of the Blind
Boyle Town Council
Bray Town Council
Buncrana Town Council
Bundoran Town Council
Bord Altranais

Bord Bia Chairman Dan Browne is a Director of Dawn Meats (Grannagh Ltd) and a former Chairman of Teagasc between 1993 and 1998. Dan was appointed by then Minister for Agriculture in May 2008 having already been a member of the Board. Dan was paid 22,300euros in fees during 2009.

Chief Executive Aidan Cotter has been CEO of Bord Bia since 2004, having previously been director of operations in the organisation and, before that, its European director, based in London and Dusseldorf. Aidan earned 172,000 euros inclusive of a benefit in kind (car) in 2009.

Marian Byrne was re-appointed to the Board in January 2009. Marian is Principal Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food. Marian doesn’t feature in the list of fees payable to Board Members presumably as her expenses are picked up by
Department of Agriculture reporting.

Mr John Bryan President, Irish Farmers’ Association. Appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith in 2009.

Mr Jackie Cahill President, Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association. Appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2006.

Mr Ray Carolan Cattle Breeder, appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2005.

Dr Noel Cawley Chairman, Teagasc, appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture in 2000.

Mr Vincent Cleary Managing Director, Glenisk Organic Ireland, appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008

Dr Paul Cusack Principal, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens was appointed by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008.

Mr Kieran Dunne L and K Dunne Nurseries was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh in 2004.

Mr Frank Hayes Director Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group Plc was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2007

Mr Joseph Hyland Managing Director, Irish Country Meats was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008

Ms Katherine O’Leary Dairy Farmer, Home Economics Teacher and Columnist with the Irish Farmers Journal appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh in 2004.

Mr Mel O’Rourke Managing Director, Sylvan Ireland was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2006.

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1847.0
This is the top level Board. There are four subsidiary Boards and a number of in-market chiefs abroad but I will stay with top level Boards for the moment but will watch for appointment cronyism as I go through the quangos in the Food and Agriculture Sector- Con
In January of 2009 the Independent reported from Freedom of Information requests that the Board of Bord Bia clocked up some serious airmiles;
‘In a breath-taking itinerary, more than 70 people employed by, or guests of the Irish food agency were flown to destinations as diverse as Nashville , Jakarta and Tokyo. The 202 global trips between June 2007 and June last year included 18 business class flights to long-haul destinations which cost €73,215.
Most of the travellers were senior executives at An Bord Bia, the state agency which develops markets for Irish food, drink and horticulture. Guests of the agency included two government ministers, two board members and two junior ministers. Guest speakers, journalists, food consultants, advisers, and civil servants from the Department of Agriculture and Food also travelled at taxpayers' expense
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan billed An Bord Bia for her accommodation costs when she flew to Italy as Agriculture Minister to launch an exhibition at an international trade show in May. Her expenses came to €438.50, but the cost of her flight was picked up by the department.
Trevor Sargent, the Food Minister, was in Milan in October promoting An Bord Bia's stand at the Salone de Gusto slow food fair. His flight costs were not available but the agency did pay his expenses, which came to a respectable €279 for accommodation.’ http://www.independent.ie/national-news/an-bord-bia-serves-up-a-8364136000-airfare-bill-1591614.html
Ireland exports some 8billion euros in agricultural products per annum. So one would expect a level of promotion in line with such a crucial sector of the economy. In 2009 Bord Bia’s balance sheet reveals that of the 34million euros it received from Oireachtas funding (ie taxpayers) it spent some 22million euros on marketing and promotions. http://www.bordbia.ie/aboutus/reports/Documents/Annual%20Report%202009.pdf
Times are harder now than in 2009 and it appears that there has been some savage costcutting so it should be expected that the 2010 Annual Report and Accounts will show a significant drop in marketing and promotion budgets. How do we know there has been downward pressure on marketing and promotion?

Ulick Burke TD had a complaint concerning a major food fair in Brussels in 2010;
‘At a recent food trade fair in Brussels, the 27 member states of the European Union had an opportunity to display the quality foods they produce. For some unknown reason, Bord Bia and the Irish embassy have refused to take responsibility for a problem that arose at the show and I was unable to obtain answers to questions this morning. The Irish stand, which was located between the French and Greek stands, both of which featured high quality products, was manned by two non-nationals and featured nothing more than an empty Murphy’s stout bottle and business cards for Irish pubs. Although Bord Bia has responsibility in this regard, it has stated it was unaware this event was taking place. Moreover, our embassy personnel there have commented that due to cutbacks at home, they were unable to either staff or stock the event. Had the opportunity been given to Irish food producers instead, they would have stocked all the stands in Brussels. I seek an explanation as to the reason such an promotional opportunity was missed because all Ministers, including the Taoiseach, have been talking about the promotion of Irish farm products and the quality that exists in this regard. However, the farming community has been let down by reneging on an opportunity that does not often present itself in such a fashion.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-10-28

Bord Gais

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Received just under 40million euros of Oireachtas grants in the last full reporting year (2009). Fees paid to Directors are as follows;

Ms. Rose Mc Hugh Chairperson 13,326 Travel expenses 2,395
Mr. Enda Bonner Director 8,566, Travel Expenses 5,329
Mr. Ivan Coulter Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 2,405
Mr. Robert Molloy Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 2,343
Mr. Michael Dempsey Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 1,977
Mr. Seamus Dooley Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 3,046


Ms Rose McHugh - Chair of the Board Ms. McHugh has been a Member of the BIM Board since September 2004 and was appointed Chairman in June 2006. Before joining SWS, Ms McHugh worked as a senior tax advisor with Ernst & Young. Ms. McHugh is Managing Director of Landsbanki’s Irish subsidiary Merrion Capital's Cork operation which was established in 2006 and provides a full range of wealth management and corporate finance advisory services in the Munster region. Previously she was Deputy CEO of the SWS Group and Managing Director of the Group's Corporate Services Division. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland Ms. McHugh also holds an MBA and an honours law degree from University College Cork.

‘A €280,000 office decentralisation contract was sourced from a company linked to a state board chairwoman, it has emerged. The building in Clonakilty was due to act as temporary accommodation for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) before a permanent headquarters was constructed in the town. It was sourced without being put out to tender by the OPW from SWS Property Services Group, owned by SWS group and whose deputy chief executive Rose McHugh was a board member of BIM at the time.’

Independent article Saturday March 15 2008’ http://www.independent.ie/national-news/8364280000-public-contract-not-put-out-to-tender-1318396.html

Rose is also a Member of the Board of Bord Na Mona.

Jason Whooley- Chief Executive of the Board - A native of Lisheen, Skibbereen, and a graduate of UCC (B. Comm. in Management and Marketing), Jason Whooley has been chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation for the past 11 years. In this capacity and in collaboration with other representative organisations, Jason played a leading role in representing the interests of Irish fishermen at national and European level. Mr. Whooley is also a noted sportsman, having played Gaelic football with Ilen Rovers for many years, winning a number of West Cork titles, as well as Cork county junior and intermediate championships with them. He played senior football with UCC and Carbery and won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Cork, also spending some time on the senior panel. http://www.southernstar.ie/article.php?id=73


Enda Bonner Mayor of Donegal County Council and a native of Dungloe, Enda was a Member of Seanad Eireann from 1997 to 2002 (appointed by Bertie Ahern) and was government spokesperson on Marine and Natural Resources in the Seanad and has been involved in the fishing industry for over 30 years through his work as an accountant. Date of Appointment: June 2007.

‘Mr Bonner, a former Donegal GAA star, was appointed by Agriculture Minister Brendan Smyth last June. He also served on the cross-border Loughs Agency where the quango vice president is former Drogheda Fianna Fail councillor Jacqui McConville. Clearly Fianna Fail is quite fishy, given the amount of party insiders who have served on various fishery boards. These include Leitrim councillor Mary Bohan, who sat on the Central fisheries board -- she was also appointed to the Health and Safety Authority last week.’ Independent 23 January 2011. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

Ivan S.Coulter Chief Executive of Sigmoid Parma Ltd. Appointed by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2007 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1847.0. With extensive scientific, business and management experience from a number of companies, Ivan was the founder and managing director of Origin Seafood Ltd from 2004 - 2006. Date of Appointment: October 2007

Michael Dempsey Most recently a Senior Director of European Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb, Michael was twice elected president of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association. Date of Appointment: February 2008. Dempsey was appointed Chairman of FAS in January 2010 by Mary Coughlan as Minister for Trade and Enterprise.

Tomás Kavanagh was appointed by Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith in June 2010. He has worked in the arts for many years and is a former Town Councillor with considerable knowledge in the area of funding and grant aid, both National and European. Date of Appointment: June 2010. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.2322.0 I believe this is former Fianna Fail New Ross Town and Wexford County Councillor.

Mr. Páidi Ó Sé Ventry, Co. Kerry. Appointed after a couple of years perched on a chair at Failte Ireland (appointed then by John O’Donoghue) this former footballer, pub licensee and Fianna Fail supporter brings his immense knowledge of the issues affecting the fishing industry to Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Suspected of having once had cod n’chips in Ventry. Nephew, a teacher, is also on the Board of TG4 where his biography reads; ‘National School Teacher based in his native west Kerry Gaeltacht. Well known in GAA circles. Member of famous footballing family.’Grand so.

Bord na gCon
Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge
Bord na Mona
Bord o Ulster-Scotch
Bord Scannan na hEireann (check for duplication)
BreastCheck The National Cancer Screening Service

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland This quango was identified by Colm McCarthy in his June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report as being a candidate for being folded into the remit of the Communications Regulator (presumably ComReg) but still appears from its website to be operating as an independent body.

Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
Broadcasting Complaints Commission
Building Regulations Advisory Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:07 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ca to Dz

Carlow County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Carlow Education Support Centre
Carlow County Council
Carlow Town Council
Carlow Vocational Education Committee
Carrickmacross Town Council
Carrick-on-Shannon Education Support Centre
Carrick-on-Suir Town Council
Cashel Town Council
Castlebar Town Council
Castleblayney Town Council
Castlerea Prison Visiting Committee
Cavan County Council
Cavan Town Council
Cavan Vocational Education Committee

Cavan County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cavan Education Support Centre
Carlow IT
Censorship of Publications Board
Censorship of Publications Appeal Board
Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland
Censorship of Films Appeal Board
Central Fisheries Board
Central Statistics Office
Chester Beatty Library
Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Service
Chief State Solicitor, Office of the
Children Acts Advisory Board
Circuit Court Rules Committee
Citizens Information Board

An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (any info on party political connections gratefully received)

Mr. Sean Ryan (current chairperson) Annual honorarium of €8,510
Cllr. Michael Abbey Nil
Mr. Robert Adams Nil
Cllr. Denis Burke Nil
Ms. Beatrice Doran Nil
Mr. John Fitzgerald Nil
Ms. Ruth Flanagan Nil
Mr. Richard Lennon Nil
Cllr. Cora Long Nil
Cllr. Luie McEntire Nil
Mr. Donal Ó Luanaigh (retired) Nil
Cllr. Laurence O’Neill Nil
Cllr. John Byrne Nil
Jo Corkery Nil
Mr. Noel Dillon Nil
Cllr. Maura Kilbride-Harkin Nil
Cllr. James Larkin (died 28/09/98 and replaced by Cllr. Dermot Ryan on 21/12/98) Nil
Cllr. Patrick Power (resigned June 99 and replaced by Cllr. Michael Leahy on 17/11/99) Nil
Sean Phillips Nil
Marie Reddan Nil
William G. Simpson (resigned October 2002) Nil

Citizens Information Board
Civil Defence Board
Civil Service Arbitration Board
Civil Service Disciplinary Code Appeal Board
Clare County Council

Clare County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Clare Education Support Centre
Clare Vocational Education Committee
Classification of Films Appeal Board
Clonakilty Town Council
Clones Town Council
Clonmel Borough Council
Cobh Town Council
Cootehill Town Council
Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee
COFORD
Coillte
Consumer Liaison Panel
Coimisiún Logainmneacha, An
Coiste an Asgard
Combat Poverty Agency
Comhairle na Nimheanna
Comhar Sustainable Development Council
Comhairle na Tuaithe
Commission for Aviation Regulation
Commission for Communications Regulation
Committee on Court Practice and Procedure
Commission for Energy Regulation
Committee for Performance Awards
Commission for Public Service Appointments, Office of the
Commission for Taxi Regulation
Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime
Commissioner of Valuation and Boundary Survey of Ireland, Office of the
Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests

Companies Registration Office Recommended for merger with the Registrar of Friendly Societies in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua'.

Company Law Review Group
Competition Authority
Competition Law Review Group
Comptroller and Auditor General, Office of
Connemara & Árann Education Support Centre
Consultative Council on Hepatitis C
Córas Iompair Eireann
Cork Airport Authority
Cork City Council
Cork County Council

Cork City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cork Education Support Centre
Cork IT

Cork North Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cork Port Authority
Cork Prison Visiting Committee
Cork University Dental School and Hospital
Cork (City of) Vocational Education Committee
Cork (County of) Vocational Education Committee
Council of National Cultural Institutions
Courts Service
Crafts Council of Ireland
Crawford Gallery Cork
Credit Union Advisory Committee
Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
Crisis Pregnancy Agency
Culture Ireland

Decentralisation Implementation Group Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan confirmed on 13 January 2011 in an answer to Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar that Ultan Herr was reappointed to the DIG extended until the end of 2011 or the completion of the 2011 Review of the Decentralisation Programme, whichever is the sooner. Mr Herr was paid fees of €855 for attendance at meetings in 2010. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/01/13/unrevised2.pdf (Page647). Ultan Herr is listed as a property consultant on the DIG website http://www.decentralisation.gov.ie/Documents/BD_The_DIG.html and appears to have been a Business Engineering Manager at Diageo at one point. The Herr family of Dundalk appear to have a yen for company directorships. http://www.solocheck.ie/IrishDirectorBySurname?id=8069

Dental Council
Dental Health Foundation

Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board(huh?) Sean Duignan (Chairman) €16,570.02 (Chairman’s per diem fees 2003-date) Political connections info welcome.

Development Education Advisory Committee

Digital Hub Development Agency Marked for merging into new superquango Enterprise Ireland by Colm McCarthy in his 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Dion Advisory Committee (WTF?)
Disabled Drivers Medical Board Appeal
District Court Rules Committee

Donegal County Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Donegal County Council
Donegal Education Centre
Donegal Vocational Education Committee

Dormant Accounts Board Highlighted for closure as part of Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Drogheda Ports Authority
Drogheda Borough Council
Droichead Nua Town Council
Drug Treatment Centre Board
Drumcondra Education Centre

Dublin Airport Authority Former Transport Minister Noel Dempsey appointed septuagenarian former Justice Minister Gerry Collins who retired from politics in 2004 to the Board of Dublin Airport Authority in 2009. He earned 2,400 euros from the appointment in 2009. Gerry Collins is perhaps best known now for his televised appeal to Albert Reynolds not to 'burst up government' by challenging Haughey for FF leadership some 20 years ago. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
Dublin City Council
Dublin City University

Dublin City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Dublin Dental Hospital Board
Dublin Docklands Development Authority (ho ho ho)
Dublin Docklands Development Council (ho ho ho)
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Dublin IT
Dublin Port Authority
Dublin Transport Office
Dublin (City of) Vocational Education Committee
Dublin (County) of Vocational Education Committee
Dublin West Education Support Centre
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dundalk Town Council
Dungarvan Town Council

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Dun Laoghaire Port Authority
Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee
Dundalk IT
Dundalk Education Support Centre

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ea to Fz

Eastern Regional Fisheries Board
Economic and Social Research Institute
Economic and Social Research Institute Committee on Top-Level Appointments in the Civil Service
Commission on Public Service Appointments
Edenderry Town Council
Education Finance Board
Ennis Town Council
Enniscorthy Town Council
Eirgrid

Employment Appeals Tribunal Recommended for merger with the Labour Court and the Labour Relations Commission in the June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report. No indication that these mergers have taken place.

Engineering and Technology (Board? Sensecheck)

Enterprise Ireland Chairman Hugh Cooney Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Hugh-Cooney.html

November 2008; ‘A POLITICAL donor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been given a prestigious State agency job. Hugh Cooney, an accountant and former Offaly minor footballer, gave a political donation of €1,000 to Mr Cowen before the last general election. He was named yesterday as chairman of the State's job creation body, Enterprise Ireland. But the move has been criticised by the Opposition, who said the lack of a transparent appointments process gave rise to accusations of "cronyism" and "jobbery". A Government spokesman confirmed that Mr Cooney was one of 18 election donors who gave €1,000 each to Mr Cowen after a golf fundraiser in 2006’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-donor-gets-plum-job-amid-cries-of-cronyism-1532780.html

July 2010 ‘Mr Cooney, who is a financial contributor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen, named KPMG and BDO Simpson Xavier as accountancy companies where he may have a potential conflict. Mr Cooney is a consultant and former partner at accountants KPMG, which received gigs to the value of €83,000 last year from EI’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Chief Executive Frank Ryan As CEO, Frank is appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, is a member of the Board of Enterprise Ireland and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Forfás. Frank held a range of senior positions in the Industrial Development Agency (IDA Ireland).

October 2009. ‘At Enterprise Ireland, CEO Frank Ryan is paid €222,000 a year. He has a company car, receives vouched expenses and will also retire on a whopper of a pension’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/no-such-thing-as-a-recession-for-top-brass-in-civil-service-1903854.html

July 2010. ‘Smaller personal interests were named by Intel's Jim O'Hara and Mr Ryan, who doubles up as a director of the Digital Hub’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Michael Buckley is a former Chief Executive of Allied Irish Banks and, prior to that, Managing Director of NCB Group. He is the non-executive Chairman of DCC plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other quoted companies as well as being a senior advisor to a number of Irish and international businesses.

July 2010 ‘Former AIB boss Mr Buckley has declared close to €1m of transactions presenting a possible conflict. As a shareholder in Kingspan, Mr Buckley has revealed that EI gave payments to the publicly quoted company of €26,000, plus €415,000 to subsidiary Kingspan Century. He has also listed Zamano Solutions, a mobile company assisted by EI to the extent of €350,000.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Dr. Catherine Caulfield is the Co-Founder of Biological-Laboratories Limited, Ballina, Co Mayo. The company was sold to Charles River Laboratories Inc. in 2002. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Dr-Catherine-Caulfield.html

Gearoid Doyle was appointed to the board of Enterprise Ireland in 2007. He is the founder of Kinsale Capital Management, a leading hedge fund company with a global investor base. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch in London and Chicago where he ran the international equities group. Prior to setting up Kinsale Capital Gearoid was a director and Head of Equities Sales and Trading at Goodbody Stockbrokers.

There is a bit of a mystery around Kinsale Capital Management. Given that Elan have a shareholder activist currently targeting alleged mismanagement at board level and noting that Elan CEO G Kelly Morgan appeared as a backer of Kinsale Capital Management on their website only to disappear from the text when questions arose concerning possible conflicts of interest with Elan privileged information. Given that Enterprise Ireland has significant dealings with Elan it would seem appropriate that Mr Doyle be very careful about commenting on any Elan connected support proposed at Enterprise Ireland.
Kinsale Capital Management are rumoured to have significant BankOfAmerica Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank connections so this one might keep the governance directors at Enterprise Ireland on their toes.http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=160&mn=400410&pt=msg&mid=8540394


Michael McLoone (brother of outgoing IMPACT union General Secretary and Chairman of the ICTU Peter McLoone) retired from the post of Donegal County Manager in July 2010. He served as Donegal County Manager since 1994. An Environmental Health officer, he spent his early career in Public Health Services. Michael has also served in a number of public sector roles including:
Chairman, Donegal County Enterprise Board
Chairman, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Member, Western Development Commission
Chairman, Irish Blood Transfusion Board
Member, Health Service Executive
Chair, Donegal Airport Board
Member, Ulster-Scots Agency Board
As County Manager, Michael has undertaken a series of reforming initiatives, including the decentralisation of Council services to new Public Service Centres in each electoral area.

June 2010; ‘THE manager of Donegal County Council, Michael McLoone, has defended himself following a damning report detailing €2.5m in payments to consultants including bills for expensive wines and tips to waiters. The internal audit relates to the company One Sigma Ltd which was put in place to design a new management system at the council. Highly critical of the use of the company, the auditor detailed fees paid to One Sigma and to other companies associated with consultants Stephen Cang and David Stroll. Concerns began earlier this year when it emerged that proper tendering procedures were not used in the procurement of the consultants.The report noted that while the government had ordered a curb on local authority spending on professional fees in 2009, money paid to the company increased by 50% in the same year. There were also concerns about advance payments made in 2008 due to "cash flow problems" with the company. At the same time the council was operating from an overdraft and was in the process of redundancies. A clause in the contract insisted the council foot the bill for business class flights between Belfast and London, first class rail tickets and hotels that must be of four star quality.’ http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2010/jun/20/donegal-council-manager-defends-25m-consultants-fe/

Bob Savage is Vice President and General Manager, EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/board/Bob-Savage.html

Liam Meaney was appointed to the Enterprise Ireland Board in 2007. Liam has over 40 years experience with major multi-national organisations. He has worked in the Drinks industry for over 30 years, 20 of which at Board level. Liam is a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

July 2010; ‘ Other directors to confront possible conflicts by virtue of their positions as directors included drinks industry veteran Liam Meaney, who named Ryanair, Grafton and AIB as potential flashpoints.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html

Máire Ní Thuathail, A native of Tourmakeady in Co Mayo, is the founder and Managing Director of EO Teilifís. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/M%C3%A1ire-N%C3%AD-Thuathail.html

Maire’s company EO Teilifis was awarded the contract for a Gaelic language newspaper by Foras na Gaeilge, announced November 2010. Torann na dTonn Teoranta, the entity awarded the contract is a joint enterprise between the Connacht Tribune and EO Teilifis. http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=3432

Helen Nugent was appointed to the Board in March 2008. Ms Nugent is a Principal Officer at the Office of Science and Technology, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.

Jim OHara is vice president, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation and Intel Ireland general manager. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Jim-OHara.html

Rita Shah was appointed to the Board in October 2010. She is a co-founder of the Monaghan based Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group. A multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Rita has since steered the company through vertical integration, innovation and R&D, to become an industry leader in the clean technology sector through plastic recycling, reprocessing and manufacturing of recycled bags and sacks, thus closing the loop. With a client list that includes blue-chip companies, the company is able to export recyclate material worldwide, which has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years. Rita has strategically placed the company to ensure this trend is set to continue well into the future. Rita was appointed onto the Small Business Forum in 2006 and worked with Plastics Ireland and also the RX3 Working Group. For the past number of years, Rita has been a judge on the Small Business Firms awards. She has taken on the role of mentor and advisor for Women in Business via the Growing for Growth Programme for the past three years. Rita is also actively involved in the Monaghan Business Leaders Forum on Economic Strategy.

Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group are in receipt of a €3.5 million Enterprise Ireland-backed investment. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0910/1224278565595.html

With Enterprise Ireland being mooted as a new super-quango and according to Colm McCarthy’s An Snip Nua Report due to take over the work of a number of other semi-state bodies it would be advisable that Enterprise Ireland makes sure it has proper corporate governance procedures in place as they are perilously close to charges of cronyism and misunderstandings may arise should Enterprise Ireland Board Members become involved in any conflicts of interest with their own investments. It seems odd that EI should not have expertise on an advisory board but possible conflicts are a little too close when actual EI Board Members are discussing issues which affect their own investments in various sectors.

‘It is proposed that the County and City Enterprise Boards, the Business Innovation Centres, the Western Development Commission and the enterprise functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Shannon Development, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, LEADER and Teagasc, as well as sector-specific agencies such as the Irish Film Board, should be merged within a re-constituted Enterprise Ireland. The streamlined agency should also lead to major savings in overall administration costs including staff numbers. The Group considers that the new enterprise body should operate a regional office network based upon the nine Gateways identified in the National Spatial Strategy, leading to savings in local office accommodation costs. Savings in overseas office costs would also arise.’ (page 15 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf)

Environmental Information Service

Environmental Protection Agency

Mary Kelly, Director General No fees payable. The Director General and Directors are paid salaries as they are executive members of the agency.
Laura Burke
Padraig Larkin
Dara Lynott
Larry Stapleton
Former Directors
Declan Burns
Ann Butler
Gerry Carty
Iain MacClean
Liam McCoumiskey (Deceased)
Marie Sherwood

Equality Authority
ESB
Equality Tribunal
European Regional Development Fund
European Social Fund Financial Control Unit
Expert Group on Future Skills Needs
Fáilte Ireland

Family Support Agency This quango was identified for discontinuation of funding in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council
FÁS
FÁS International Consulting Limited (ho ho ho)
Fermoy Town Council
Financial Regulator
Financial Services Ombudsman’s Bureau
Financial Services Authority of Ireland
Financial Services Consultative Consumer Panel
Financial Services Consultative Industry Panel
Financial Services Ombudsman Council (check for dupe with 'Council' above)
Fingal County Council

Fingal County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Fire Services Council
Fisheries Co-Op Societies x 8 (To check and split)
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Food Safety Consultative Council
Food Safety Consultative Council
Food Safety Promotion Board
Foram na Gaeilge
Foras na Gaeilge
Forces Canteen Board
Forensic Science Laboratory

Forfás Mary Hanafin as Enterprise Minister made two appointments to Forfas in January 2011. They were Eoin O’Driscoll and Dr Don Thornhill. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0127/1224288400241.html

Further Education & Training Awards Council
Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission
Fulbright Commission
Further Education and Training Awards Commission

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ga to Hz

Galway County Council
Galway City Council
Galway Ports Authority

Galway-Mayo IT Mary Coughlan appointed Student Representative Rachel Sillery to the Governing Body of the Galway-Mayo IT on 18th January 2010. Rachel is also a City of Galway VEC nominee (IoT Acts 1992 - 2006). While we cannot be sure of Rachel’s party politics there is a facebook comment on the ‘Enda Kenny for Taoiseach’ page which reads (direct quote); “we shall see wat enda will do for us students after november 3rd ... den we will see if ur cut out t b taoiseach’. We cannot be sure of course that this is the same Rachel Sillery but it would be quite entertaining if it did turn out to be the little textpert in question. http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/ENDA-KENNY-FOR-TAOISEACH/232709252003?v=wall&viewas=0&ref=nf

Gaisce Gradam an Uachtarain

Galway City and County Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Galway Education Centre
Galway (City of) Vocational Education Committee
Galway (County of) Vocational Education Committee
Garda Siochana Complaints Board
Garda Siochana Complaints Appeal Board
Gorey Town Council
Gort a Choirce Education Support Centre
Government Emigrant Services Advisory Committee

Grangegorman Development Agency Highlighted for discontinuation of funding in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Granard Town Council
Greystones Town Council

Health and Safety Authority of Ireland The National Employment Rights Authority and the HSAI were identified in the June 2009 McCarthy report recommendations as quangos which could be usefully mergged into one Work Place Inspectorate saving some 5million euros per annum in the process. This merger appears not to have happened as NERA are still releasing press statements under their own banner into 2011.

Health and Safety Executive Set up by Micheal Martin in 2004 the HSE is the largest employer in Ireland with over 100,000 employees and a further 40,000 in publicly funded ancillary organisations.

The Board.

Frank Dolphin Mr Dolphin is the chairman of Rigney Dolphin Ltd, a business services company he founded in Waterford in 1990 and which now employs over 1,100 staff. It was one of the first companies to receive the Deloitte ‘Best Managed Company’ Award in 2008 and has recently opened a new centre in Derry.
He is a member of the board of Governors of Waterford Institute of Technology, a Fellow of the Marketing Institute, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a former President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce. In August 2010 the Minister for Health and Children appointed him Chairman of the HSE.

Rigney Dolphin specialise in a number of business sectors one of which outsources business processes from both the public and private sectors. ‘Dr Dolphin has worked as a consultant with a wide range of companies in Ireland the UK and US particularly in the areas of senior management mentoring, HR strategy and change management.’

Frank was a Governor of the Mater Hospital, the parent company of which is ‘a single member Company limited by guarantee with a share capital, and was incorporated as Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Limited on 18th December 2001. The Company changed its name on 23 rd January 2003 to Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and is permitted to omit the word ‘Limited' from the Company title and when referring to the Company.’ http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm

‘The activities of the Company are charitable, to relieve, cure and prevent sickness and disability in the community in general by the establishment and provision of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in accordance with the mission and traditions of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland.’
http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm

Cathal Magee, CEO of the HSE, took up his appointment in early September 2010, appointed by Mary Harney to succeed Professor Brendan Drumm. Mr Magee (56), is a former Managing Director of Eircom’s €1.3 billion portfolio of retail businesses that serve the consumer, business, corporate and Government markets. He is a non-executive Director at the VHI. He was also interim Chief Executive of the Group for six months to July 2009. Mr Magee has an extensive record of implementing change and performance improvement in a number of organisations and different environments. He has worked in both the public and private sectors. Previously he held other senior management posts in Eircom as Managing Director, eircom Ireland, Managing Director, Business Transformation and as HR Director during 15 years service with the telecoms company. Prior to joining eircom, Mr Magee worked for the National Australia Bank Group in the UK and Ireland. His early career was in the health service. He was director of human resources and business restructuring with Bord na Móna. He joined Telecom Éireann, now Eircom, in 1995 as Group Human Resources Director, then as head of the company’s retail arm. He was acting Chief Executive of the company in 2009, during which time he started a major restructuring of its cost base. Magee came under fire in his position as Credit Committee Member for EBS when the company had to see a bailout of over 100million euros from public funds. Magee was appointed to the Board of the HSE on a salary of over 320,000 euros per annum. This is significantly less than he earned at Eircom, roughly 860,000 euros in 2007. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2010/0529/1224271393402.html

Pat Farrell is Chief Executive of the Irish Banking Federation, the principal representative body for banking and financial services in Ireland. Prior to this he held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors. He serves as Ireland Chairman and a Trustee of Sightsavers International and is a member of the Financial Regulator’s Industry Panel, the Dept of An Taoiseach’s IFSC Group and the Executive Committee of the European Banking Federation.

‘The board members include Irish Banker federation boss Pat Farrell -- a former General Secretary of Fianna Fail. Mr Farrell has also served on the VHI and the Dormant Accounts Board.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

Eugene McCague is a solicitor and Chairman of Arthur Cox. He is a graduate of University College Dublin. He is a member of the Board of Co-Operation Ireland, a former Chairman of the governing body of the Dublin Institute of Technology and a former President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Arthur Cox ‘has netted 11million euro in government contracts to dole out advice on the banking collapse in the past two years, bringing into sharp focus the close relationship between the chairman of Authur Cox - Eugene McCague - and Brian Cowen. The Taoiseach and Mr McCague know each other from their college days, when they both studied law. Mr McCague was even a guest speaker at the Fianna Fail think-in at Druid's Glen in 2007, during which he reminisced about knowing Mr Cowen as law students in UCD in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And now, as thousands of people cope with pay cuts, the Irish Daily Mail can confirm that staff at Arthur Cox have been paid as much as [euro]10,000 in bonuses in the last three months. By far the biggest beneficiary of government work since the banking collapse, the firm is one of just nine consultancy companies which have cost departments and State agencies 33.7million euro. Arthur Cox were paid by 9.6million by the Department of Finance for advice relating to the deposit guarantee scheme, the recapitalisation plans, the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank and the setting up of Nama. This sum translates to 22,000 euros for each working day since the firm of lawyers was hired in September 2008. The were also paid 1.95million euro by the National Pension Reserve Fund Commission, which did the work of Nama before the 'bad bank' agency was officially set up. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

Joe Mooney is a retired senior official of the Department of Finance where he had extensive policy involvement in the health and social welfare areas. Previously, he worked on economic and taxation matters. He is a former member of the Pensions Board. He sat on the Joint DoHC/HSE Working Group on Workforce Planning in the Public Health Service in 2006. http://www.dohc.ie/working_groups/Current/wpphs/


Professor P. Anne Scott is Professor of Nursing and Deputy President of Dublin City University and formerly held the post of head of the School of Nursing at DCU. Previously, she held academic posts at the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. Professor Scott is a former member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University, the Board of the Health Research Board and the Board of Governors of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview.

Professor Niamh Brennan, a chartered accountant and chartered director, is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin. She is academic director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD. Professor Brennan chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service and chairs the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. Wife of Progressive Democrat Michael McDowell Niamh was appointed to the Board of the HSE by Progressive Democrat Mary Harney and was appointed to the Board of the DDDA by John Gormley.


Dr. Dermot Power is a consultant in geriatric medicine at the Mater Misericordiae and is Medical Director of St Mary’s Hospital Phoneix Park. A graduate of medicine in University College Dublin, his Membership of the RCPI was awarded in 1995 and a MD was awarded by UCD in 2001. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2006. Among his qualifications, he also has a Diploma in Management for Medical Doctors jointly awarded by the RCSI and Irish Management Institute. Dr Power is a member of the British Geriatrics Society, Irish Gerontological Society, Irish Medical Organisation, and Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr Power was commissioned to write a report by the HSE into a matter related to nursing homes in 2006. As far as I am aware the report was never published. Dr Power was appointed to the Board of the HSE in 2009.

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2006-12-05.69.0

'The Company changed its name on 23 rd January 2003 to Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and is permitted to omit the word ‘Limited' from the Company title and when referring to the Company. The Company is a subsidiary of Mater Misericordiae and the Children's University Hospitals Limited, a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The majority of the members of the Parent Company are Sisters of Mercy..'
http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm

Sylda Langford is the former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the Department of Health and Children (reporting to Brian Lenihan before he became a noted philanthropist to the banking and property development community ). Prior to this, she was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Justice and Law Reform for nine years. She has had extensive experience in policy and legislative work across a broad range of government areas. She is Chair of the Citizen's Information Board. She has a professional background in social policy and social work and is a graduate of University College Cork and the London School of Economics. http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/Who/Board_Members/slangford.html

Sylda was also a Member of the Audit Committee at the Office of the Department of the Taoiseach http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-05-09.839.0 Sylda was also a Member of the Board of the National Centre for Partnership and Performance whatever that is supposed to be when it is at home. She was appointed to the Board of IAAC (Irish Association of Activity Centres?) in 1995 by the Tanaiste Dick Spring. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/1996/02/20/00070.asp

Here’s where things start to get interesting with Sylda. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees in Ireland of a group called ‘Common Purpose’.

Its other Trustees are;
John Bowen, Chairman & CEO, The Bowen Group
William Earley, Partner, McCann FitzGerald
John Fitzgerald, CEO, Grangegorman Development Agency
Mark Moran, Former Chairman, EBS Building Society (Chair)
Stephen Mason, Regional Manager, Bank of Ireland
Anna Lee, Manager, Tallaght Partnership

Are civil servants or public employees allowed to be members of organsiations which operate under a de facto rule of secrecy? And which run courses implying 'leadership BEYOND authority'?

Health & Social Care Professionals Council
Health Information and Quality Authority

Health Insurance Authority [I]This quango is one of those identified by Colm McCarthy in his An Snip Nua report which could deliver savings by being folded into the Financial Regulator's office along with the Pensions Board. The Financial Regulator's office has since of course been taken over by the Central Bank (2010).

Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office
Health Research Board
Health Service Executive
Heritage Council, The
Higher Education Authority
Higher Education and Training Awards Council
High Level Group on Business Regulation (ho ho ho)

Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal: (“daily rate of €992.68 plus VAT”) Minister for Health Mary Harney reappointed Karen Fergus SC to the Board for a period of five years in late 2010.

Hospital Trust Board
Horse Racing Ireland
Houses of the Oireachtas Commission
Housing Finance Agency
Hunger Task Force

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:09 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ia to Jz

Independent Commission for the Location of Victim's Remains
Independent Commission on Decomissioning
Independent Monitoring Commission
Independent Monitoring Committee for Refugee Legal Services

Industrial Development Authority John Dunne Chairman, IDA Ireland, Board Member, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority Board Member, Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland. John is also a former Chairman of IBEC. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/an-ostrich-quacks-for-ireland-1200518.html

When John was Chief Executive of Chambers of Commerce Ireland he was appointed to the National Economic and Social Council in September 2003 up to June 2007 by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. (Dáil Éireann - Volume 652 - 22 April, 2008)

He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland on 1st May 2008 by outgoing Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan. (Dáil Éireann - Volume 654 - 15 May, 2008 Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

Board members at the IDA are paid €13,067 per year. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman, American Ireland Fund A third generation Irish-American, Loretta Brennan Glucksman grew up in an Irish community in Pennsylvania. She is a noted philanthropist and, together with her late husband Lewis, they have raised millions for Ireland. http://www.usirelandforum.com/speakers/LorettaBrennanGlucksman/ The American Ireland Fund has raised $250 million for Irish causes in 30 years. The lion’s share has gone to education, followed by community development, arts and culture, and peace and reconciliation. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2010/0925/1224279646711.html

(Kudos and hat-tip to Loretta, clearly a person with a considerable personal commitment to Irish causes)

Bernard Collins Non-Executive Director, Irish Life & Permanent Group Holdings, Chairman, VHI Healthcare, Director of a number of medical device companies
Former VP of International Operations and Director of International Board, Boston Scientific Group

'On Tuesday, Irish Life appointed an unknown — Bernard Collins — to the board. At least he is not a banker. He even has 10 years experience at multinational Boston Scientific Corporation. A new broom has landed on the board. Bully for Irish Life. The press release mentions that Bernard has another gig. Bernard is chairman of the troubled state-owned flop, the Voluntary Health Insurance. Now why would the board of Irish Life want the chair of the bloated VHI to join them? Obviously he has useful knowledge of the insurance market. That must be the reason. Besides, Irish Life may soon divest itself of its banking arm and concentrate on insurance. Bernard could be useful. Did they advertise? How did they select him? Was there another “exhaustive process”?
Funnily enough, Bernard’s VHI board has another familiar sounding director. A woman by the name of Gillian Bowler is a long-time board member of the State’s health insurer. Gillian just happens to be chairman of Irish Life. So there we have it, a lovely cross- directorship coincidence. Bernard sits on Gillian’s Irish Life while Gillian sits on Bernard’s VHI. Perhaps Gillian absented herself from the discussion when Bernard’s name came up for this obviously fiercely contested bauble?
Unlikely, as she herself chairs the key nomination committee. Gentle Gillian seems to develop attachments to fellow directors. Less than three years ago when Irish Life chief executive David Went left office, he rapidly found himself on the VHI board, sitting beside his old pal — none other than Irish Life chairman Gillian. Now both of them sit happily at the Court of Bernard Collins at the VHI. Then last week, Bernard swans in to Irish Life . . . Collins is no opponent of political appointments. A Corkman, he was parachuted on to the VHI board by his fellow Corkman, Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin.His membership of the IDA board adds to his semi-state portfolio. He was re-appointed to the IDA by the same Micheal in 2007 after initially being appointed by Mary Harney in 2002[/COLOR]. So Bernard straddles the semi-state and banking board circuits. Just like Gillian and David.' (Courtesy of Shane Ross http://www.shane-ross.ie/archives/703/the-third-farce-in-banking/ )

Paul Mackay Chartered Accountant, and founder of the Progressive Democrats. Paul was also a Progressive Democrat appointee to the board of Eircom during the privatisation fiasco. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/an-ostrich-quacks-for-ireland-1200518.html

Mr. Thomas Gerard Lynch, (full biog via link below) In 2009, he was appointed by the Irish Minister for Health [Mary Harney] as a member of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation within Health and Personal Social Services in Ireland and serves as a member of its sub-committee dealing with the financing of Ireland's acute hospitals. In 2010, he was appointed by the Irish Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism to serve on the Board of the Irish National Opera Company. Mr. Lynch is a graduate of Queens University Belfast in Economics and Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland's fellow. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=713740&ticker=CTEC:SS&previousCapId=397809&previousTitle=ICON%20PLC

Might be an interesting fellow to watch for those of us with an interest in the balance between private and public health care in Ireland

Henry McGarvey who is Vice President and Managing Director, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. Henry sits on the Board of the IDA and was appointed to the Enterprise Feedback Group by Mary Coughlan.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, T.D., announced in December 2008 the establishment of an Enterprise Feedback Group (EFG) on the implementation of the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) plan for Ireland to become a world-class knowledge economy by 2013. The Enterprise Feedback Group also includes Lionel Alexander (Chair) who also sits on the Board of the IDA (see above). http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1015446.shtml

Both Henry McGarvey and Lionel Alexander are also on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland http://www.amcham.ie/article.aspx?id=288

Henry is also a Member of the main Board at business union IBEC and was Regional President of IBEC North West between 2006 and 2008.
http://www.icia.ie/IBEC/IBEC.nsf/vPages/About_Us~Our_structure~board?OpenDocument


Henry was appointed Regional President of the American Chamber of Commerce North West in the past year. http://pubsub.com/12th-Annual-Convocation-of-Asia-Pacific-Institute-of-Management-New-Delhi-Chairman-and-Managing-Director-96GDukMN1HLS

Barry O’Leary Chief Executive, IDA Ireland, Board Member, Forfás. ‘Mr. O’Leary has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods totalling 15 years in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe. He originally moved to Cologne in 1983 and from 1985 to 1991 he was based in Munich. Between 1991 and 1995 he was responsible for Consumer Products and International Services in IDA in Dublin. On his return to Germany in 1995 he was responsible for running IDA’s offices in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf which covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Barry O’Leary has held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group. He is a Board member of the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre (DMMC) which was established in 2001 to bring together the molecular medicine research activities of University College Dublin, Trinity College, and the Royal College of Surgeons. He is also a Board Member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN).’

Gerard O’Mahoney Corporate Finance Partner and Partner in Charge of Regional Offices, Deloitte. On a Cork Chamber of Commerce publication called ‘Chamber Link’ Mr O’Mahoney reminded the business community that; ‘“As far back as 2008, the OECD have been calling for boldness in developing a programme for public sector reform in Ireland and terming our public sector and Quangos “an organisational zoo”. (page 9 http://www.corkchamber.ie/UserFiles/file/Chamberlink/Chamberlink%202010-11.pdf )

(No argument here Ger …)

Brian Whitney, Assistant Secretary, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation is Secretary of the Board of the IDA. He is also a member of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning (members list available here) http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-10-21.440.0

Information Commissioner, Office of the
Injuries Board
Inland Fisheries Board
Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire
Institute of Public Administration
Institute of Public Administration
Institute of Public Health
Central Bank of Ireland
Integrate Ireland Language and Training Awards
Integrated Ticketing Project Board
International Education Board of Ireland
Internet Advisory Board
Intertrade Ireland
Investor Compensation Company (WTF?)
Ireland Newfoundland Partnership Board
Irish-American Economics Advisory Board
Irish Auditing & Accountancy Supervisory Authority

Irish Aviation Authority Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 recommended that consideration be given to merging the Railway Safety Commission, the Road Safety Authority, the Maritime Safety Directorate and the Irish Aviation Authority.

Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board, The
Irish Council for Bioethics
Irish Dental Health Authority
Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health

Irish Film Board Highlighted for the chop in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Irish Film Classification Office It was proposed as part of the potential 5billion euro savings available from implementation of the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 that this office be folded into the new Broadcasting Authority which is itself supposed to merge with new communications superquango ComReg.

Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal (check for dupe)
Irish Financial Services Regulatory Body (check for dupe)
Irish Human Rights Commission

Irish Institute of European Affairs de facto quango because of the amount of subscriptions paid to it by government departments, over € 800,000 in 2006 from some 15 departments. Past corporate subscribers include the Higher Education Authority, the local Government Management Services Board, the NESC, DPP, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the VHI and dozens of other taxpayer-funded organisations.) -Cap'n Con

Brendan Halligan, Chair of the Board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (formerly the Irish Energy Centre (appointed 1 October 2007) is managing partner of CIPA, a public affairs consultancy, chairman of the Institute of European Affairs, and a non-executive member of Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. He chaired Bord na Móna for ten years and worked in a consultant capacity with Airtricity. Brendan Halligan served as General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party from 1967 until 1980. Heavily relied upon as General Secretary of the Labour Party by Labour leader Brenda Corish he was instrumental in reversing an anti-coalition stance within the Labour Party and was appointed to the Senate by the incoming Fine Gael/Labour ‘National Coalition’ government of 1973. Standing unsuccessfully for election to the Dail in the 1977 General Election in Finglas Halligan then stood again in 1981 and ’82 (Dublin North West) elections also unsuccessfully. He was then appointed an MEP from 1983 to 1984. He is currently National Policy Coordinator for the Labour Party.

Mr Halligan managed to swallow his enthusiasm for all things European to campaign against membership of the European Economic Community in 1972, an unusually trying station for someone later to become a member of the Irish Council of the European Movement.

Which brings us to the Lisbon referendums. Halligan’s Irish Institute of European Affairs despite its official, and legal, political neutrality is unashamedly pro-Lisbon and produced literature and propaganda in favor of Lisbon and employed people to promote the Yes agenda at great cost to the tax payer. IIEA literature indicated that if government did not decide to seek ratifications, “the damage would be irreparable” for Europe itself, while the implications for Ireland “range from the disastrous to the catastrophic”.

Halligan speculated in a letter to the Irish Times on July 10 2009 that a No vote would result in our being excluded from the EU.

Irish Legal Terms Advisory Committee
Irish Manuscripts Commission
Irish Medicines Board

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Eoin McGonigal, who served as legal adviser to Charles Haughey and Ray Burke during the Moriarty and Flood tribunals. And formally to Mr. Denis O'Brien at Moriarty

Brendan Flynn, Teacher and Director Clifden Arts Festival
Brian Ranalow, Artist, Member of Contemporary Irish Art Society and Collector of 20th Century Irish Art

Both reappointments, first appointed by John O'Donoghue, June, 2005.

Mary McCarthy, Formally 'Arts Manager' with our old friends the DDDA.
Who you might remember from the proposed €1.6m Liffey Leviathan (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article5581152.ece).

Rowan Gillespie, Sculptor
Eimear O'Connor, TCD


Those vacancies were filled two weeks ago after being empty for eight months. That Phoenix article also mentions vacancies at Nat Gallery and Arts Council and goes on to say its unlikely they would be left in the gift of the incoming blueshirts.

Irish National Stud
Irish National Opera
Irish National Petroleum Ltd
Irish Prison Service
Irish Research Council for the Humanities
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
Irish Sports Council

Irish Takeover Panel Recommended for merger with the Competition Authority in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua'.

Irish Water Safety Association
Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos La to Lz

Labour Court: (€164,464 per annum for three years) Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe reappointed Kevin Duffy as Chairman in November 2010. Looks like Batt had no intention of taking any notice of the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 where the recommendation was made that some 3million euros a year could be saved by merging the work of the Labour Court with the Labour Relations Commission and Employment Appeals Tribunal among others in a sector overdue rationalisation. But as appointments are being made as late as 4 months ago we'll have to assume the Labour Court is still flying solo.

Labour Relations Commission See Labour Court. Recommended for merger with Labour Court and Employment Appeals Tribunal in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report June 2009.

Land Registry
Laois County Council

Laois County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Laois Education Centre
Laois Vocational Education Committee

Law Reform Commission Colm McCarthy recommended in his June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report that the Law Reform Commission should be discontinued.Identifying a 2.8million euro saving to the state in doing so.

Leargas The Exchange Bureau

Legal Aid Board The Legal Aid Board is an independent, publicly funded organization. It has been in existence since 1979 and was set up as a statutory body on foot of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995. The Board's Mission Statement, set out in its Corporate Plan 2009 – 2011, is "To provide a professional, efficient, cost-effective and accessible legal aid and advice service". The Corporate Plan sets out a number of steps that the Board has adopted in order to achieve the objective set out in its Mission Statement. The Board itself consists of a chairperson and twelve ordinary members. They are appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and have a five-year term of office. The Board has an executive management structure primarily located at its Head Office at Quay St, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry and also at an office at 47 Upper Mount St, Dublin 2. The Board has thirty three full time law centres located throughout the country, as well as the Private Practitioner Service, a Refugee Documentation Centre and a library service located at Montague Court, Montague Lane, Dublin 2.

Chair Ms. Anne Colley, Solicitor. Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1974. Formerly of Anne Colley & Co in Dundrum, her practice was incorporated into dillon solicitors in June 2004. Anne is now a consultant solicitor with the firm. She is a former member of Dáil Éireann and returned to practice in 1989, setting up Anne Colley & Co. in 1992. Anne is Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board. She is a member of the statutory Private Residential Tenancies Board. Ann was a Progressive Democrat member of Dail Eireann for Dublin South 1987-89. Her father George Colley was a senior Fianna Fail Minister and her grandfather Henry was also a Fianna Fail TD. In 2006 she was commissioned to write a report on ‘Cohabiting Couples’ for Michael McDowell. Officially called the Options Paper on Cohabiting Couples, (2006) (Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform), the paper became known as the Colley Report.

Annual Fee €13,067

Ms. Kate Hayes (solicitor) I believe is the same Kate Hayes who was formerly Chair of the Equality Authority. Annual Fee €8,400

Mr. Jerry O'Connor, Solicitor Fee €8,400

Mr. Seamus Keelan Appointed in 2008 by Dermot Ahern. Listed as ‘accountant and local representative on Legal Aid Board reports. It appears this is the Seamus Keelan who is a retired Fianna Fail Councillor from Dundalk. Now that Conor Keelan his son sits on Dundalk Town Council on a seat passed down from grandfather to father to son Seamus presumably needed something to fill his time. Annual Fee €8,400

Ms. Dara Foynes, BL earned €37,606 as Junior Counsel working for the DPP in 2005 according to this Independent article from December of that year. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/director-of-public-prosecutions-spent-a-whopping-10m-on-barrister-fees-last-year-475486.html Don’t know if it’s the same Dara Foynes but a twitter account in that name carries the tweet ‘Mary O Rourke - legend, and great hair’ from last month. http://twitter.com/DaraFoynes . It would be odd if it wasn’t this Dara’s tweet as she has also linked to an article in the Sligo Weekender commenting on a case at which Dara Foynes barrister-at-law was chucking briefs around. Annual Fee €8,400

Ms. Elizabeth Murphy, BL a barrister in private practice from Castlegregory in Kerry. Annual Fee €8,400

Dr. Michael Buckley A retired Consultant Physician. Cannot be 100% sure but is this the same Michael Buckley who carried out the Buckley Review of senior civil servant (and hospital consultants’) pay in 2000 for the Department of Finance? This report recommended swingeing increases and is no small measure was it a starting gun for nonsensical pay rises across state boards and other quangos. Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2001/report38.pdf

Mr. Bob Browne, Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Ms. Niamh Moran, Solicitor Appointed to the Legal Aid Board by Brian Lenihan when he was Minister for Justice in 2007. Niamh was a Fianna Fail candidate in Mulhuddart and follows a family tradition of Fianna Fail politics as her uncle was a Fianna Fail Minister (Micheál Ó Móráin). http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/campaignwatch/2009/05/18/its-not-a-beauty-contest-you-know/ Niamh was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the State Claims Agency in 2010 and has a position as one of the legal representives on the Board of the Mental Health Commission.

Mr. Fergal Rooney, Solicitor, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board

Mr. Eamon Purcell, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board

Mr. Jim O'Farrell, Retired Principal Officer, Department of Finance

Ms. Breege Leonard, Retired Regional Manager, Department of Social Protection
http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/Content/Meet_The_Board

Leitrim County Council

Leitrim Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Leitrim Vocational Education Committee
Leixlip Town Council
Leopardstown Park Hospital Board
Letterkenny IT
Letterkenny Town Council
Limerick City Council
Limerick County Council

Limerick City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Limerick County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Limerick Education Centre
Limerick IT
Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency
Limerick Prison Visiting Committee
Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency
Limerick (City of )Vocational Education Committee
Limerick (County of )Vocational Education Committee
Lismore Town Council
Listowel Town Council
Local Drugs Taskforces

Local Government Computer Services Board (any info on political affiliation or connections on the people named below most welcome)

Mr. I. Keating Nil
Ms. B. Carter Nil
Mr. F. Bradley Nil
Mr. J. Fitzgerald Nil
Mr. J. Tiernan Nil
Mr. D. Nelson Nil
Ms. P. Tyrrell Nil
Mr. H. Kearns Nil
Mr. S. Carey Nil
Mr. J. Crockett Nil
Mr. M. Riordan Nil
Mr. N. Sweeney Nil
Mr. T. Dowling Nil
Mr. J. McGrath Nil
Mr. R. O’Dwyer Nil
Ms. C. Curley Nil
Mr. A.. Fleming Nil
Mr. D. Connolly Nil
Ms. A. McGuinness Nil
Mr. E. Sheehy Nil
Mr. M Malone Nil
Mr. M. Killeen Nil
Mr. P. Donnelly Nil
Mr. J. Horan Nil
Mr. R. Ó Ceallaigh Nil
Mr. M. Maloney Nil
Mr. E. Breen Nil
Mr. M. McLoone Nil
Mr. P. Fahey Nil
Mr. B. Treacy Nil
Mr. F. Kavanagh Nil
Mr. D. Connolly Nil
Mr. P. D’Arcy Nil
Mr. W. Soffe Nil


Local Government Management Services Board (No fees payable to Members)

Appointments since 1997;

Jim Lillis
Peter McCann
Danny McElhinney
Tony Boland
Kevin Cullen
Peter Greene
Joe Allen
Aidan Kinch (Any party political connections for these people gratefully received)

Local Registration of Deeds and Title Rules Committee
Longford County Council
Longford Town Council

Longford Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Longford Vocational Education Committee
Loughan Prison Visiting Committee
Loughrea Town Council
Louth County Council

Louth County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Louth Vocational Education Committee

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ma to Mz

Macroom Town Council
Mallow Town Council
Marine Institute
Mayo County Council
Mayo Education Centre

Mayo Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Mayo Vocational Education Committee
Meath County Council

Meath Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Meath Vocational Education Committee
Medical Bureau of Road Safety
Medical Council
Mental Health Commission
Mental Health Criminal Law Review Board
Met Eireann
Midlands Prison Visiting Committee
Midleton Town Council
Mining Board
Monaghan County Council
Monaghan Town Council
Monaghan Education Centre

Monaghan Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Monaghan Vocational Education Committee
Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee
Mountmellick Town Council
Mullingar Town Council
Muinebheag Town Council

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:12 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Na to Nc

Naas Town Council
National Adult Learning Council
National Advisory Committee on Drugs
National Archives
National Authority for Occupational Safety & Health

National Asset Management Agency Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan confirmed to Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar on 13th January 2011 that Mr Jim Kelly was appointed to the NAMA Audit Committee over the Christmas period 2010/January 2011. He is to receive fee of €1,000 per meeting subject to a maximum of €10,000 pa. 'Mr Kelly was appointed from a list of appropriately qualified persons'. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-13.852.0


National Building Agency As Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley made the following appointments to the Board of the National Building Agency between 14 December 2010 and 13 January 2011. The appointments are for a fixed term between January and December 2011. Responding to a Written Question placed on the Oireachtas record by Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael; ‘ The Board is an interim Board and has been appointed to oversee the parallel tasks of the closure of the NBA and establishing the new Agency. The interim board is made up of 8 members, 4 of whom have been reappointed from the previous NBA Board. The 4 new appointments consist of 2 Civil Servants, a local authority official and 1 other. The previous NBA Board had 12 members, 9 of whom were paid fees. Under the new arrangements, only 3 appointees are in receipt of fees.’ Page 688/689 of the Oireachtas record of Dail proceedings 13th January 2011 http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/01/13/unrevised2.pdf

Rich Howlin Ministerial Re-Appointment fees 11,970. Fianna Fail party trustee Rich Howlin was reappointed as chairman of the National Building Agency, which paid €11,970 last year. Mr Howlin, a trustee of the party since 1993, is a former director of Coillte. http://www.archiseek.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=6511&start=925 Rich Howlin was appointed to Chair the National Building Agency.

John O'Connor was a new appointee to the same board by John Gormley. I believe this is the same John O'Connor (but trying currently to confirm) who was appointed chairperson of the Board of An Bord Pleanala for a seven-year term with effect from May 6, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of Assistant Secretary in the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in charge of the Planning and Development Division. His areas of responsibility covered planning, spatial planning, urban and village development, construction, water services and public private partnerships. Before that, he served as Principal Officer in the Housing Policy and Finance Section of the Department and as the Department's Finance Officer. He obtained a diploma in Public Administration from UCD. http://www.irishblogs.ie/similar-to/re-appointment-of-j...nala/

The other appointees including Fianna Fail party trustee Rich Howlin also seem to have been appointed straight to the National Building Agency Board from the Board of the Housing and Sustainable Communities company. This is a Limited Company whose purpose is carrying out functions in two key areas:
Manage land transferred to it by local authorities under the Land Aggregation Scheme.
Source properties under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative.

John O ’Connor* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
Marie McLaughlin* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
John McCloskey Ministerial Re Appointment fees 7,695
Peter Carey* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
Ann McGuinness Ministerial New Appointment fees 7,695
Gordon Richards* Ministerial Re Appointment Nil

http://www.housing.ie/about-us/housing-and-sustainable-communities-ltd.266.html

National Cancer Registry, Ireland
National Cancer Screening Services Board
National Centre for Guidance in Education
National Centre for Partnership and Performance
National Centre for Technology in Education
National Childcare Coordinating Committee
National Children's Advisory Council
National College of Art and Design
National College of Ireland

National Competitiveness Council Mary Hanafin made three appointments as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in January 2011. ' Mr. Declan Purcell, Mr. Harry Lorton and Mr. Michael Delaney were all appointed to the Council on 20th January 2011 to fill vacancies created by the resignation of other members. All three are new appointees to the NCC. Appointments to the NCC are made having regard to several factors, including the expertise and experience of the individuals relative to the objectives of the Council, and the balance of skills and attributes in the overall composition of the Council. No remuneration is paid to members of the National Competitiveness Council. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1509.0

Declan Purcell is also Chairman of the Competition Authority for which he is paid 168,000 euros per annum.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1509.0

Harry Lorton, BBS, MA, FCCA has been Chairman of the Board of KineMatik Limited since 2003 and its Director since 2002. Mr. Lorton worked in the Banking industry for 33 years, 12 of which were spent as Chief Executive Officer of Cork & Limerick Savings Bank, TSB Bank and Permanent TSB. He is a Non-Executive Director of Royal Liver Assurance Limited and also serves as Chairman and Director of a number of private Irish companies involved in leisure, visual communications and property development. Mr. Lorton was a former employee of TSB Bank. He led the TSB Bank for many years and was instrumental in the successful integration of that bank into the Irish Life & Permanent Group. He served as an Executive Director of Irish Life & Permanent plc. from April 20, 2001 to August 31, 2002. Mr. Lorton is a Council Member of the Irish Management Institute. He served as President of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Lorton holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is a graduate of the Owner/President Program of Harvard Business School. http://investing.businessweek.com/businessweek/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=32755337&ticker=IPM:ID&previousCapId=24585547&previousTitle=Mansa%20Equity%20Partners,%20Inc.

Michael Delaney- no confirmation yet as to whether this is the Michael Delaney who is Head of Development at Cork Institute of Technology. Any information much appreciated.

National Concert Hall
National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism
National Consumer Agency
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

National Council for Special Education Highlighted for absorbtion into the Dept of Education and Social Affairs in the 'An Snip Nua' report published in June 2009.

National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery
National Council on Ageing and Older People
National Crime Council

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:13 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Nd-NL

National Development Agency
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Evaluation Unit
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Office
National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Technology Unit

National Disability Authority Minister of State for Disability John Moloney appointed one person to the National Disability Authority in January 2011, James O’Grady Assistant National Director, Disability Services.

National Drugs Strategy Team

National Economic and Social Development Office The June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report from Colm McCarthy identified a potential saving of 4million euro per annum from discontinuing funding for this quango 'with the exception of the National Economic and Social Council

National Economic and Social Forum

National Education Welfare Board Highlighted for absorbtion into the D/E&S in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

National Employment Rights Authority The National Employment Rights Authority and the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland were identified in the June 2009 McCarthy report recommendations as quangos which could be usefully mergged into one Work Place Inspectorate saving some 5million euros per annum in the process. This merger appears not to have happened as NERA are still releasing press statements under their own banner into 2011.

National Framework Committee for Work/Life Balance
National Forum on Europe
National Gallery of Ireland
National Haemophilia Council
National Library of Ireland
National Maternity Hospital
National Milk Agency
National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme (huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty.

In a reply to Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar Hanafin stated; ‘Professor Donnelly was reappointed. She originally served from 2 May 2005 to 2 May 2010. The remainder are new appointments. Both Professor Donnelly and Professor Woodman are members of the Royal Irish Academy and the appointments were made under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(c)) (Number 11 of 1997).

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the RDS and was appointed under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(a)) (Number 11 of 1997). Professor Gearoid O’Tuathaigh is a historian and academic, Ms Máirín de Brún a linguist and retired public servant and Ms Mary Crotty is an expert in marketing and public relations. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)
National Property Services Regulatory Authority
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
National Rehabilitation Authority
National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

The June 2009 McCarthy report identified potential savings to the state of some 3million euro per annum in merging the National Roads Authority with the Railway Procurement Agency.

National Safety Council
National Salmon Commission
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Standards Authority Ireland
National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).

Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.

Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.

Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.

Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.

Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.

Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.

Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?

Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager

Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/

Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the
Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?

Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.

Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission
National Development Finance Agency
National Social Work Qualifications Board

National Sports Campus Development Authority 'Sports Campus Ireland' was highlighted for discontinuation of funding in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

National Standards Authority of Ireland
National Statistics Board
National Tourism Development Agency
National Traveller Accomodation Committee
National Treatment Purchase Fund
National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)
Navan Education Centre
National University of Ireland
National Youth Work Advisory Council
Navan Town Council
Nenagh Town Council
New Ross Town Council
New Ross Port Authority
Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta
North Tipperary County Council
North Western Regional Fisheries Board
Northern Regional Fisheries Board
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:14 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Nm-Ns

National Maternity Hospital

National Milk Agency Anybody know anything about the retired Garda Sergeant who is a member of the National Milk Agency (see below) and also seems to have a fierce attachment to consumer protection- very little problem being appointed a Treasurer for the Consumers Association? Can find almost nothing about him online except for his various appointments and would be grateful for any info on him. Nothing obvious about him except for appointments online.

National Milk Agency
The National Milk Agency was established by the Oireachtas to regulate the supply of milk for liquid consumption throughout the State in accordance with the provisions of the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994.

Chairman Denis Murphy was appointed as the first Chairman of the National Milk Agency on its establishment in 1994. A graduate in commerce from UCC he also holds an MBA degree from UCC and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. As a Fulbright scholar he studied farmer co-operatives, corporate strategy and finance at the University of Minnesota. He has served as a member of the Industrial Development Authority and a director of the Irish Dairy Board, the National Dairy Council and the Irish Dairy Industries Association and was the Irish representative on the processing costs working group of the European Dairy Industries Association. He was chief executive and previously financial controller and secretary of Ballyclough Co-operative Creamery, deputy chief executive of Dairygold Co-operative Society, and group financial controller and previously management accountant of Mitchelstown Co-operative Agricultural Society. In his early career he was a business advisory officer with ICOS. (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).


Chief Executive Muiris Ó Céidigh is the Agency's founding Chief Executive. He was responsible for implementing the national regulatory system established by the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 within the liquid milk sector. He has extensive experience of public management and regulation. He holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen's University Belfast. As a solicitor with B.A. and LL.B. in law, prior to being appointed to the Agency, he was the first to be awarded the O'Reilly Prize in commercial law by Sir Anthony O'Reilly and subsequently gained extensive experience as a commercial lawyer specialising in banking and financial product development with one of Ireland's largest commercial law firms - A & L Goodbody. He has fifteen years experience as a regulator in the liquid milk sector. He holds an M. Sc. (Econ)(Public Policy) and an MBA from Trinity College specialising in liquid milk product development at Avonmore Liquid Milk Division.

Agency Members

Producer’s Representative Eamonn Bray dairy farmer from Delvin, Co. Westmeath. He has been farming over thirty five years and has currently milking some ninety five cows. He currently hold various positions within the Dairy Industry: a member of the Board of the National Milk Agency, Chairman of the IFA's National Liquid Milk Committee, a member of IFA's National Executive, a Director of the National Dairy Council, a Director of the Dairy Research Levy Board and a Member of Glanbia's PLC Council. His former positions include: Chairman of Westmeath IFA, a member of IFA's Dairy Committee and Chairman of Fresh Milk Producers.

Eamonn McEnteggart is a dairy farmer from Knockbridge Co. Louth. Eamonn milks year round with a portion of his milk under Liquid contract to Glanbia. He is married to Theresa and has 4 young children. As Chairman of the Fresh Milk Producers he represents over 1000 liquid Milk farmers supplying Glanbia. He believes all Liquid Milk Farmers deserve adequate compensation for the extra work, time and cost in supplying year round milk.


Processor’s Representative Frank Tobin was appointed to the National Milk Agency in May 2007 representing milk processors and is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Glanbia Food Plc's, Consumer Division. Frank has worked with Glanbia Foods Plc and attained national and international experience and having worked in the Food Ingredients, Agri-Trading, Meat, Corporate and Consumer Foods Divisions of Glanbia at a senior level over many years within the Finance and Operations
functions.

Consumer’s Representative Richard Donohue’s current positions include, Incoming treasurer of The Consumers Association of Ireland, member of the National Milk Agency, member of the Department of Agriculture Consumer Liaison Panel and a member of The Department of Education, National Council for Guidance in Education. He is a retired sergeant in An Garda Síochana.

Retailer’s Representative John Foster is a Peace Commissioner (Wicklow) and was President RGDATA (1981 - 1985 and 1995 - 1997). He is also a director of Sash Ltd.

http://www.icos.ie/home/index.asp

National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme (huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty.

In a reply to Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar Hanafin stated; ‘Professor Donnelly was reappointed. She originally served from 2 May 2005 to 2 May 2010. The remainder are new appointments. Both Professor Donnelly and Professor Woodman are members of the Royal Irish Academy and the appointments were made under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(c)) (Number 11 of 1997).

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the RDS and was appointed under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(a)) (Number 11 of 1997). Professor Gearoid O’Tuathaigh is a historian and academic, Ms Máirín de Brún a linguist and retired public servant and Ms Mary Crotty is an expert in marketing and public relations. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)
National Property Services Regulatory Authority
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
National Rehabilitation Authority
National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

National Safety Council
National Salmon Commission
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Standards Authority Ireland
National Social Work Qualifications Board
National Sports Campus Development Authority
National Statistics Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:15 PM
Quango Hammer Tidy-up

Quangos Nt-Nz

National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).

Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.

Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.

Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.

Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.

Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.

Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.

Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?

Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager

Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/

Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the
Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?

Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.

Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission
National Development Finance Agency
National Tourism Development Agency
National Traveller Accomodation Committee
National Treatment Purchase Fund
National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)
Navan Education Centre

National University of Ireland A somewhat hair-raising note on page 26 of the McCarthy report known as 'An Snip Nua' from June 2009 says 'discontinue funding the National University of Ireland' which made me catch my breath until I realised from the projected savings (3million per annum) it was likely to mean the quango rather than the university system itself.

National Youth Work Advisory Council
Navan Town Council
Nenagh Town Council
New Ross Town Council
New Ross Port Authority
Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta
North Tipperary County Council
North Western Regional Fisheries Board
Northern Regional Fisheries Board
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:16 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Oa to Pz

Offaly County Council

Offaly County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Offaly Vocational Education Committee
Office for Tobacco Control

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner along with the Office of the Ombudsman and Office of the Children's Ombudsman. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.


Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Office of the Film Censor(Since merged and renamed-check)
Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner
Office of the Revenue Commissioners
Office of the Ombudsman
Office of the Information Commissioner
Office of the Inspector of Prisons
Office of the Chief Medical Officer for the Civil Service
Office of the Appeal Commissioners
Office of Public Works
Office of the Appeal Commissioners for the purposes of the Tax Acts
Oifig Choimisineir na d'Teangacha Ofigiula

Ombudsman for Children, Office of the Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner along with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.

Ombudsman, Office of the Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner's office along with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman for Children. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.

Ombudsman for the Defence Forces
Opticians Board

Ordnance Survey Ireland The OSB were highlighted in Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 as suitable for merger with the Property Registration Agency.

Outside Appointments Board
Parole Board
Passage West Town Council
Patents Agents Board (check for dupe below)
Patents Office

Peace Commissioners Minister for Justice and Law Reform Dermot Aherne appointed the following people as Peace Commissioners;

Laurence Butler Jnr. Dublin 25/11/10
Margaret Mullally Kerry 25/11/10
Pat Griffin Kerry 26/11/10
Garrett Greene Clare 26/11/10
John Murphy Cork 26/11/10
Daragh Long Dublin 26/11/10
Richard Tierney Kilkenny 26/11/10
Breda English Kilkenny 26/11/10
Patsy Connolly Leitrim 26/11/10
Eddie Rocks Louth 26/11/10
John Quinlan Offally 26/11/10
Frank Fox Leitrim 30/11/10
Bertie Wall Limerick 03/12/10
Leo McMahon Monaghan 03/12/10
Shane Gallagher Leitrim 03/12/10
Denis Sheerin Leitrim 03/12/10
Pat Brennan Cork 03/12/10
Eugene McGowan Leitrim 08/12/10
Donal Barry Waterford 08/12/10
Fergal O’Sullivan Dublin 13/12/10
John O’Reilly Westmeath 22/10/10
Edward O’Mahony Cork 22/12/10
Kathleen Phelan Kildare 22/12/10
Rody Kelly Carlow 22/12/10
Mairtin Butterly Dublin 31/12/10
Dennis Mahon Kildare 31/12/10


Pensions Board This quango is one of those identified by Colm McCarthy in his An Snip Nua report which could deliver savings by being folded into the Financial Regulator's office along with the Health Insurance Authority. The Financial Regulator's office has since of course been taken over by the Central Bank (2010).

Pensions Ombudsman This quango was identified by Colm McCarthy in his 2009 An Snip Nua report as a canididate to be folded into the office of the Financial Services Ombudsman as a cost saving. As of 14 March 2011 it looks like this quango is still operating independently.

Performance Verification Group: Civil Service
Performance Verification Group: Education Sector
Performance Verification Group: Health Service
Performance Verification Group: Justice and Equality Sector
Performance Verification Group: Local Government
Personal Injuries Assessment Board
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Pobal
Poisons Council
Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee
Portlaoise Town Council
Port of Cork (Authority?)
Port of Waterford Company
Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
Press Council of Ireland
Prisons Authority Interim Board
Private Residential Tenancies Board
Private Security Appeals Board
Private Security Authority
Probation Service

Property Registration Authority who Emily O'Reilly has criticised (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ombudsman-blasts-rise-in-state-secrecy-2156894.html) for being removed from the scope of the FoI Act .

Dermot Ahern appointments, four year terms.

John T. Coleman-€20,250, Served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman served as an Head of the College of Business and Law at University College Cork in Ireland from May 2006 to June 2007. He has been a Director of Nortek Inc. since July 1, 2010 and Rosetta Stone Inc., since May 2006. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at the School of Economics in the University College Cork. He served as a Director ... of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and also holds a Diploma in Personnel Management, a Diploma in Training and Development and a Diploma in Management Studies from Irish Management Institute.

Maire Whelan-€11,970 SC and has published a NAMA reference guide

Una Woods-€11,970 UL

Paul McSweeney-€11,970 CEO Local Government Management Agency, formerly Assistant National Director at HSE

Denis A. Byrne-€11,970

More names that didn't feature in the ministers reply. (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0)

Mr. Seamus Carroll, (Civil Law Reform Division, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform)
Mr. Michael Kelly
Mr. Peter Savage
Mr. Roderick Tyrrell
Mr. Michael Edwards (Staff Member)[/QUOTE]

Public Appointments Service
Public Services Benchmarking Body (bye bye lads)
Public Transport Partnership Forum

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:17 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Qa to Rz

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Railway Procurement Agency The June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'An Snip Nua' recommended that the RPA be merged with the National Roads Authority, identifying a possible saving to the state of 3million euros per annum.

Railway Safety Advisory Council

Railway Safety Commission Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 recommended that consideration be given to merging the Railway Safety Commission, the Road Safety Authority, the Maritime Safety Directorate and the Irish Aviation Authority.

Registrar of Friendly Societies, Office of the Recommended for merger with the Companies Registration Office in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua' identifying a 500,000 europ per annum saving. I think both of these quangos come under the purview of the Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Employment so they should have been merged by 15 March 2011?

Registration of Titles Rules Committee
Registry of Deeds
RELAY
Remembrance Commission
Rent Tribunal

Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) members listed as follows were re-appointed with effect from 1st January 2011 by Mary Coughlan . These members were initially appointed following a competitive interview process.

Dr Helen Cummiskey (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Ruth Pilkington (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Ann O’Brien (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Mary Concannon-Bluett (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Darina Conlon (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
John Campbell (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Fionnuala O’Loughlin (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Harry Bugler (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Samantha Cruess Callaghan (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr William Delaney (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)

Chairperson of the Residential Institutions Review Committee (RIRC) and the five ordinary members listed as follows were re-appointed with effect from 1st January 2011 by Mary Coughlan. These members were initially appointed following a competitive interview process.

— Mr Justice Frank Murphy retired Supreme Court judge (Chairperson) (Will be paid at the same rate as a Supreme Court Judge subject to abatement to take account of his pension)
— Judge John Buckley [COLOR="Red"](Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr Colm Gaynor (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Ms Ita Mangan (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr Brendan Gogarty (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr John Dalton. (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)

http://www.finegael.ie/upload/StateAppointmentsDecember2010.pdf

Revenue Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Service(bye bye lads)
River Moy Commissioners
Revenue Commissioners, Office of the
Roscommon County Council

Roscommon County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Roscommon Vocational Education Committee
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Royal Irish Academy
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (Board?)

RTE Authority

Tom Savage, Former Chairman of Communications Clinic. Savage has advised successive Taoisigh since Jack Lynch on PR and media skills. Savage’s partner Terry Prone is now Chairman of Communications Clinic. Savage was appointed head of the Interim RTE Authority by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan in February 2009. http://www.businessandleadership.com/leadership/item/12522-tom-savage-appointed-chair

Both Tom Savage and Terry Prone originally ran Carr Communications which was set up by former RTE presenter Bunny Carr. Their son Anton Savage periodically stood in for Ryan Tubridy and other RTE presenters on RTE shows. Savage began his media career working as a researcher on Today FM’s breakfast show Daybreak, when the station was in its infancy as Radio Ireland. http://www.sbpost.ie/mediaandmarketing/savage-to-front-business-show-on-today-fm-52964.html


Patricia Quinn, CEO of Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange. (Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange is a new social enterprise which will ‘transform the infrastructure for the nonprofit sector in Ireland’. Patricia is a former consultant in the ‘Non-Profit Organization Management industry’.

Patricia is a former Director of Arts Council Ireland November 1996 — May 2004) and was for four years Cultural Director of Temple Bar Properties. Patricia lists her experience within the Corporate Social Responsibility industry on her ‘personal and professional’ website. http://www.patriciaquinn.ie/

Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange was formerly known as Guidestar Ireland which was a European network partner for nonprofit enterprise which is set up as a kind of directory and information exchange for the sector across Europe and is in operation in the US and UK.

Karlin Lillington, Technology Correspondent, The Irish Times. Appointed in 2009 by Eamon Ryan. There may be an interesting backstory to Ms Lillington … a spat via blogs broke out between Damien Mulley and Karlin over comments made by Lillington in an article she wrote in September 2007 which now seems to have disappeared from Karlin’s blog or at least ‘the page you were looking for has not been found’.

It appears that some bloggers accused Karlin of shilling for the government with comments allegedly supporting comments attributed to Eamon Ryan to the effect that ‘90% of Ireland had broadband’ during a broadcast discussion on the state of the knowledge economy in Ireland.

Mulley apparently took issue with Lillington’s comments to the effect that most of Ireland did not want broadband (EDIT- see below]*

Either way some commentators were annoyed with a perceived lack of journalistic balance in Lillington’s comments.

*‘I have written at least three columns on this (which I guess no one read! LOL). I raised the issue again with Richard Aldiss (filling in for George Hook) on the radio on Monday, as an *additional* (note: not the ONLY) issue of importance and one I think is consistently overlooked. There are literally tens — hundreds? — of thousands of people who CAN get broadband now, many from more than one supplier, at a price that isn’t that much higher or lower than anywhere else, but the reality is: they don’t. They simply DON’T see any advantage to having broadband at home, and neither do many Irish businesses. 'The big issue is not coverage any longer, folks. The really, really big issue here is that MOST people still do not WANT broadband. This is true, and has been to varying degrees for years.’

‘Lack of demand IS an issue’ http://www.techno-culture.com/?s=broadband

Damien Mulley’s comments amid the ensuing flamewar http://www.mulley.net/2007/09/04/eamon-ryan-bullshits-on-newstalk-while-karlin-turns-into-dcmnr-apologist/

Alan Gilsenan, Film/Documentary maker. A prize winning documentary maker and theatre director with a long list of impressive credits to his name.

February 2010 by the Irish Times so no link;'Last week Mr Ryan put a stay on the appointment of candidates recommended by himself and the Oireachtas committee to the boards of both RTÉ and the new Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and sought advice that the appointment of people to the boards who were themselves involved with broadcasting complied with the Broadcasting Act.

The Minister for Communications appeared before the Oireachtas committee on communications yesterday evening to clarify the delay in appointing nominees.

“The Attorney General’s advice is very clear, so it gives us real confidence that we can proceed,” he told the committee.’

Fergus Armstrong, Former Chairman, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors. Fergus Armstrong currently practises exclusively as a mediator. He has work experience gained as a lawyer with Aer Lingus (1969-74) and with McCann FitzGerald, Dublin (Partner 1974-2005; Chairman/Managing Partner 1987-1993). Mr Armstrong is a graduate of University College Dublin and Harvard Law School. He is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London. He has attended Master Classes and Advanced Mediator Training given by Mediation and Training Alternatives (MATA), London. His work has spanned disputes in the commercial and financial area, workplace, family, separation and divorce and claims based on sexual harassment and abuse. He began legal practice in Sligo and subsequently worked with Aer Lingus as company solicitor.Later he joined McCann FitzGerald where he served as managing partner and chairman. http://www.themii.ie/conference/workshops/sunday-workshops-11-30-13-00/

An interesting sidebar to Fergus Armstrong’s career at McCann Fitzgerald is that he was one of the lawyers mentioned in the Moriarty Tribunal transcript as giving advice to the Directors of ESAT Digifone in November 1997 around the time of the ESAT initial public offering.

Mr Armstrong is mentioned in the transcript of the Moriarty Tribunal, (page numbers not present on this long transcript but use the ‘find’ function on your toolbar under the little spanner icon top right of your toolbar and you’ll see it quite quickly)

( http://www.moriarty-tribunal.ie/images/transcript_171.pdf )

Sean O'Sullivan Managing Director, Seabrook Research Ltd. Sean is also a member of the Management Development Council which appears to be an offshoot of Forfas http://www.managementdevelopmentcouncil.ie/members/seanosullivan.html and is Chairman of a number of start-up companies in the Cork region. He is Vice Chairman of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and a member of the Consumer Consultative Panel of the Financial Regulator. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Business Information Systems Degree at University College Cork and has also been appointed as Chairman of the Implementation Board of the Financial Services Innovation Centre at UCC.

http://www.business2000.ie/pdf/pdf_3/enter_3rd_ed.pdf

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:20 PM
Quango Hammer

Quangos Sa to Tz

Safefood the Food Safety Promotion Board is the body responsible for the promotion of food safety in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It It appears to have some connection with Brussels as the web address is http://www.safefood.eu/en/

Chief Executive Officer Martin Higgins has led safefood since its inception in December 1999. Martin Higgins started his career at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in 1972. In 1979 he moved to the Department of Health, specialising initially in finance, but later concentrating on legislation, North South cooperation and policy development. Martin holds professional qualifications in accountancy and health economics.

Dr Gary A. Kearney is Director of Food Science and leads the chemistry/toxicology and microbiology disciplines within the organisation.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan is Director: Human Health and Nutrition with safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board. Dr Foley-Nolan directs the public health and nutrition functions of the organisation.

Fiona Gilligan – Director, Marketing and Communications As Director of Marketing & Communications with safefood, Fiona has overall responsibility for the development of safefood’s communications strategy, which involves the promotion and understanding of core food safety and nutrition messages among consumers on the island of Ireland.

Ms Gilligan has worked with safefood for 7 years, formerly as Communications Manager with the organisation. She was heavily involved in the development of safefood’s initial communication function. Prior to joining safefood, Fiona worked with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) as Communications Executive and before that was Business Development Manager with the Food Innovation Centre in Ballina.

Ray Dolan – Director, Corporate Operations safefood's Director, Corporate Operations, has previously held positions with organisations as diverse as the European Space Agency in Rome and the Comptroller and Auditor General in Dublin, as well as with safefood's sister organisation, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Reporting directly to the chief executive, Ray has responsibility for information technology, finance, human resources, administration and equality issues. A qualified CIPFA accountant, he also holds a masters in public management obtained from the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.

Advisory Body

Chair - Mr John Dardis A native of Co Kildare, educated at Newbridge College and University College Dublin, where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science, Mr Dardis was engaged in beef and tillage farming for many years. He has also worked as an agricultural journalist and was Arable Editor with the Irish Farmers Journal for 21 years, and was Agricultural Journalist of the Year in 1978. A former Chairman of the Progressive Democrats, Mr Dardis was a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989 to 2007, serving as Deputy Leader of the Seanad for 10 years. He served on Kildare County Council from 1991 to 2003. Other appointments include membership of the National Forum for Europe; the All-party Committee on the Constitution; the Joint Committee on European Affairs 1979 to 2007. Mr Dardis was also an alternate member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body 2002 to 2007.

Vice Chairman - Mr Campbell Tweedie Mr Tweedie has extensive senior management experience of the Northern Ireland agri-food industry as well as considerable international experience. He pioneered the establishment of an international processing business which is at the cutting edge of developments in retail packaging and meeting the requirements of multiple retailers in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries. Mr Tweedie holds directorships in several companies and is President of the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters' Association. He also has interests in livestock farming and is a member of the board of the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Mr Seamus Sheridan As well as being committed to the development of quality cheese production in Ireland Seamus is a strong advocate of the development of local markets and is keenly interested in the environmental impact of food production. He has organised and taught cooking classes for children and is an active member of Slowfood. Seems to have very good connections within the Green Party as he was one of four speakers at the launch of a foodie initiative with Trevor Sargent in March/April 2009 and was in attendance at the Green Party convention according to Ciaran Cuffe http://cuffestreet.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html

Neven Maguire runs the McNean House and Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan, which was established by his parents in 1989. He began cooking at 12 years of age in the kitchen of the family restaurant. He gained experience in many prestigious Michelin Star restaurants in Belfast, Berlin, Luxembourg and Spain before taking over the family business in 2003. He was resident chef on RTE’s afternoon programme “Open House” for six years and has featured in many other TV programmes and series.

Jane Wells is Managing Director of JPR, a Belfast-based public relations agency. She holds a joint honours degree in English and French from Queen’s University and a post-graduate certificate in Education. Before entering the PR field she was a teacher working in Paris and Jamaica. She has extensive experience at European level, having worked in Strasbourg and Brussels. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Ms Wells is a former Chairman of the CIPR Northern Ireland branch. Susan Heraghty Having started her career in the fashion industry in London, Ms Heraghty returned to Ireland in 1992 and became involved in the restaurant business. Since 1997 she has been proprietor of the Number Thirty Two restaurant in Dundalk.

Dr Ken Baird is a consultant in food safety and technology and was, until recently, Technical Director of Moy Park Ltd. He holds a BSc in Microbiology, a BAgr in Agricultural Bacteriology, and a PhD, all from the Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Dr Baird is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science Technology (IFST); and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). He is a member of the advisory board of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at University of Ulster and of both the Food Safety Promotion Board and of the Scientific Advisory Committee of safefood.

Ms Lynn Ní Bhaoighealláin Ms Ní Bhaoighealláin was born in Dublin and now lives in Killarney, Co Kerry. On completing her secondary education she completed a certificate in journalism before pursuing studies in environmental management and ecology. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment and in European environmental conservation from University College Dublin. Ms Ní Bhaoighealláin works as an ecologist with the Killarney National Park Education Centre and was a (Sinn Fein) candidate for the constituency of Kerry South in the 2007 General Election.

Aoife Healy A graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and with a Business Studies Diploma in Management awarded by the Irish Management Institute, Ms Healy’s career has spanned engineering, recruitment and customer services with a number of international companies. In 2003 she established the Ella Wine Bar in Howth, Co. Dublin. She is a member of the Restaurant Association of Ireland and currently chairs the Association’s North East Branch.

Jo Byrne is a Queen’s University economics graduate, and was a college lecturer before pursuing a political career. He was a member of Omagh District Council from 1993 to 2005 and served as Chairman in 1997. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. Mr Byrne represented West Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly between 1998 and 2003, and was a member of the Assembly committees for regional development; and education, training and employment. He is a former member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Con Traas is an applied fruit scientist with a Masters in Agricultural Science in horticulture from University College Dublin. He operates a premium juice manufacturing business, and owns a fruit farm near Cahir, Co. Tipperary. He also holds a part-time position in University of Limerick, where he lectures in horticulture and biology, and conducts research on plant growth regulators, post-harvest science, and fungicide resistance.

Brian Cunningham runs a company engaged in mussel farming in Carlingford Lough. He became a fisherman in his teens, following in a family tradition, and bought his first trawler while still in his twenties. He still maintains a business interest in four trawlers operating from Kilkeel, Co. Down. http://www.safefood.eu/en/About-Us/Who-we-are-2/Key-People/[/url]
http://www.safefood.eu/en/About-Us/Who-we-are-2/Advisory-board/Advisory-Board-Members/

Science Foundation Ireland
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority
Sealuchais Arachais Teoranta
Shannon Airport Authority

Shannon Development This quango was earmarked in the June 2009 'Snip Nua' report by Colm McCarthy as being suitable for folding into the new superquango at Enterprise Ireland. This was identified as a possible 2million euro annual saving. This merger does not appear to have taken place as as 15 March 2011. Still alive and releasing press releases and updating their website as at 03 March 2011

Shannon Foynes Port
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Shannon Town Council
Shelton Abbey Place of Detention Visiting Committee
Skibbereen Town Council
Skillnets.Ltd
Sligo Borough Council
Sligo County Council

Sligo County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Sligo Education Support Centre
Sligo IT
Sligo Vocational Education Committee
Small Business Forum - Implementation Group
Social Welfare Appeals Office
Social Welfare Tribunal Board (check name and possible dupe above)
South Western Regional Fisheries Board
Special EU Programmes Body
State Claims Agency
State Claims Agency Policy Committee
State Examinations Committee
State Pathologist's Office

South Cork Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

South Dublin Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

South Dublin County Council
South Tipperary County Council
Superior Court Rules Committee
St James' Hospital Board
St Luke's Hospital Board (Hmm)
St Patrick's Institution Visiting Committee
Standards in Public Office Commission
State Laboratory
Sustainable Energy Ireland
Tallaght IT
Tarbert Education Support Centre
Taskforce on Special Aid for the Elderly
Teacher's Arbitration Board
Teaching Council, The
Teagasc
Templemore Town Council
TG4
The Abbey Theatre
The Arts Council
The Building Regulations Advisory Body
The Competition Authority (check for dupe)
The Heritage Council (check to see whether this is yet another Anglo heritage tea party)
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board
The President's Award - Gaisce (check for dupe)
The Teaching Council
Thurles Education Support Centre
Thurles Town Council

Tipperary North County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Tipperary South County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Tipperary Institute(of Technology (Merging with Limerick IT check against McCarthy Snip Nua report- ta Spectabilis)
Tipperary (North Riding) Vocational Education Committee
Tipperary (South Riding) Vocational Education Committee
Top Levels Appointment Committee (check for dupe with PS body)
Tourism College Killybegs
Tourism Ireland (North/South Body)
Trade Mark Agents Board
Training Unit Place of Detention Visiting Committee
Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners
Tralee Education Support Centre

Tralee Institute of Technology Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Ann O’Dwyer to the Governing Body of the Tralee Institute of Technology on 18th January 2011. Ann O’Dwyer is CEO designate of Kerry Education Service and also a member of the Kerry County Community and Voluntary Forum of the Kerry County Development Board. http://www.kerrycdb.ie/meitheal/section_6.htm

Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Tim O’Donoghue (Tralee), CEO Kerry Diocesan Youth Service to the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology, Tralee on 18th January 2011. Tim is a Kerry Education Service nominee (IoT Acts 1992 -2006).

Trinity College Dublin (check for dupe with 'Board of')
Tipperary Town Council
Tralee Town Council
Tramore Town Council
Trim Town Council
Tuam Education Support Centre
Tuam Town Council
Tullamore Town Council

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-03-2011, 02:20 PM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ua to Z

Údarás na Gaeltachta
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick
Valuation Office Ireland
Valuation Tribunal
Veterinary Council of Ireland
Voluntary Health Insurance Board
Waterford City Council
Waterford County Council
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford Port Authority
Waterford (City of ) Vocational Education Committee
Waterford (County of)Vocational Education Committee
Waterways Ireland
Western Development Commission
Westport Town Council
Wexford Borough Council
Wexford County Council
Wexford Harbour Commissioners
Wexford Vocational Education Committee
Westmeath County Council
Western Regional Fisheries Board
Westmeath Vocational Education Committee
Westport Harbour Commissioners
Wheatfield Prison Visiting Committee
Wicklow County Council
Wicklow Port Authority
Wicklow Town Council
Wicklow Vocational Education Committee
Women's Health Council
Youghal Town Council
Youghal Urban District Council


Useful references; 'An Bord Snip Nua' (Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes) report published June 2009.

Volume 1 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf
Volume 2 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol2.pdf

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Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-03-2011, 01:27 PM
Bit of a whopper this one so will slim it down when filing back in the index of quangos.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has a long and ignoble history as a crony’s favourite boardroom. Minister Seamus Brennan appointed one Sean Fitzpatrick to the Board of Aer Lingus in 2004. The fact that his son Shay Brennan happened to work at Anglo-Irish Bank and for Sean Fitzpatrick is probably a coincidence.

On 3 February 2009, all Aer Lingus Board members voluntarily reduced their fees by 20%, resulting in Directors fees of €36,000, Chairman’s fees of €140,000 and an additional fee of €8,000 per annum being payable to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. On 2 October 2009, all Aer Lingus Board members voluntarily reduced their fees by an additional 10%, resulting in Directors fees of €32,400, Chairman’s fees of €126,000 and an additional fee of €7,200 per annum being payable to the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Chairman Colm Barrington was appointed to the Board on 20 August 2008 and appointed Chairman on 19 September 2008. He is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Babcock and Brown Air Limited, the NYSE listed, Irish based, aircraft leasing company. He was formerly Managing Director of Babcock and Brown in Dublin from 1994 to 2007. Prior to that he held a number of senior executive management positions in GPA Group Plc from 1979 to 1993 and was appointed President of GE Capital Aviation Services Limited following its acquisition of GPA Group Plc. In 2007,he completed the Barrington Report on the Irish Private Health Insurance Industry for the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney.

Chief Executive Christoph Mueller was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board in September 2009. Prior to his appointment he was most recently the Aviation Director at TUI Travel plc, a leading international leisure travel group operating a pan-European airline with over 160 aircraft. In January 2006, Mr Mueller joined the Executive Committee of TUI AG with responsibility for their flight division. In 2007, TUI AG merged its travel division with First Choice Holidays PLC to form TUI Travel plc, a leading international travel group listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 100. Mr Mueller served as Executive Director, Aviation, at TUI Travel plc, where he managed a total of seven separate airlines, a fleet of 160 short-haul and long-haul aircraft and a team of 11,000 employees.

David Begg was appointed to the Board on 29 January 2008. Mr. Begg became General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in 2001. He is also a Director of the Central Bank (since 1995), a Governor of the Irish Times Trust, member of the ESRI Council, a member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and of the Advisory Board of Development Co-operation Ireland. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

Probably best left to Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary to comment on David Begg’s appointment to the Aer Lingus Board. “I sincerely apologise to David Begg that I quoted the wrong figure last night in a radio interview. Upon mature reflection I now accept that David Begg’s non exec directors fee at Aer Lingus is €45,000 (not €75,000) and is 1½ times (not twice) the average industrial wage. These fees are amongst the highest paid to non-exec directors of any Irish PLC’s. “It is entertaining however, to listen to Mr Begg lecture the government, employers and everybody else about “fat cat” pay when his non exec director’s fees at Aer Lingus are one and a half times the average industrial wage, and have risen by 150% in the last 12 months. Perhaps Mr Begg should start with his big fat Aer Lingus directors’ fees before he starts lecturing anybody about “fat cat” pay. Since Mr Begg has his snout firmly buried in the directors fee trough at Aer Lingus, perhaps he should be included among the fat cat directors he’s so fond of criticising”. http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1014050.shtml

Thomas Corcoran was appointed to the Board on 4 May 2007. Mr. Corcoran has extensive and indepth experience in the aviation industry worldwide. He is currently a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group and President of Corcoran Enterprises LLC, a management consultancy firm. He has held senior executive management positions at General Electric and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Corcoran is a member on the Boards of Directors of ARINC Incorporated (A Carlyle Company), L-3 Communications Corporation, REMEC Incorporated, LaBarge Incorporated and Serco Plc. He is also a Director of Aircraft Management Technologies, a privately held Irish company. He is active in the American Ireland Fund where he is a Director. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology where he is a Trustee and holds an honorary PhD.

Laurence Crowley was appointed to the Board on 9 January 2009 and is the Senior Independent Director on the Board. He is Chairman of 'Gaisce - The President's Award', the Gate Theatre, The Middletown Centre for Autism, Ecocem Limited and Realex Payments. He is also a member of the Board of the Economic and Social Research Institute, An Bord Gáis, the Advisory Board of the US-Ireland Alliance and a number of other companies. He previously served as Governor of the Bank of Ireland (where he completed his term in 2005) and as Executive Chairman of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin. He is also a past director of Elan Corporation. Previously, he was a partner in KPMG Stokes Kennedy Crowley Chartered Accountants, where he specialised in corporate restructuring and insolvency. Laurence holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In 2004, he was conferred with an honorary Doctorate in Laws by the National University of Ireland. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK-Irish relations.

The fifth US Ireland Alliance golf challenge took place at the K Club in May 2005.
The Irish team included the following:

Peter Butler, Group Head of Banking, Anglo-Irish Bank;
Brian Cowen, Minister of Finance.
Laurence Crowley, Governor of the Bank of Ireland.
David Drumm, CEO of Anglo Irish Bank.
Bernard McNamara, Managing Director of Michael McNamara.
Derek Quinlan, Chairman of Quinlan Asset Management.

Danuta Gray was appointed to the Board on 25 August 2006. Ms Gray is Chief Executive of O2 Ireland, a position she has held since 2001. Ms Gray is a graduate of the University of Leeds. She is a member of the O2 Group Board. She is also a Director of Irish Life & Permanent plc and a member of the IMI Council.

Francis Hackett was appointed to the Board on 9 February 2006. Mr Hackett is a solicitor of twenty years standing and is currently the Managing Partner of O'Donnell Sweeney Eversheds, Solicitors. Mr Hackett has extensive experience in commercial law, corporate law, regulatory, telecommunications and information technology law.

‘Formerly Corporate Counsel for eircom plc, Francis has a strong track record in both commercial and regulatory law. Francis also maintains a significant corporate law practice with a focus on the telecoms, ICT and energy sectors. In 2006 Francis was appointed to the Board of Aer Lingus, the Irish national airline, prior to its privatisation.
Francis' recent experience includes:
• Advising the shareholders of Century Homes Limited on the sale of the company to Kingspan plc for an aggregate consideration of up to €98m
• Advising BT Ireland in its acquisition of the Cara Group
• Acting for the vendors in relation to the sale of Conduit Enterprises, a leading directory enquiries and outsourced services company, to a consortium led by Investcorp and also involving InfoNXX.’

http://www.eversheds.fr/uk/home/People/index.page?person=templatedata%5CEversheds%5Cpeopl e%5Cdata%5Cen%5CHackett_Francis(8308)

Colin Hunt was appointed to the Board on 31 January 2008. Dr Hunt is Division Director at Macquarie Capital and has responsibility for the firm's corporate advisory activities in Ireland. Previously he served as Special Adviser to the Ministers for Finance and Transport of Ireland. An economist by profession, he was Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He is a graduate of University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin.

‘Former Goodbody economist Dr Colin Hunt has been appointed to the board of Aer Lingus after being nominated by the Finance Minister Brian Cowen. Dr Hunt is currently working at Australian bank Macquarie Capital. He was previously special adviser to the Ministers for Finance and Transport. Aer Lingus also said Chris Wall, who is already a non-executive director, had also been designated by Mr Cowen as a nominee of the Minister. The Minister will also re-nominate Francis Hackett when his current term expires on February 9.’
Read more: http://flyawaysimulation.com/article2287.html#ixzz1GriXWKRd

Michael Johns was appointed to the Board on 25 August 2006. He is a solicitor and has been a partner at Ashurst, solicitors since 1987. Mr Johns is a graduate of Oxford University. He has extensive experience in the areas of commercial, corporate, corporate finance and energy law. He has provided legal counsel to the Eircom employee share ownership trust since 2001.

‘Michael Johns has been on the Board of Aer Lingus for four and half years and will step down on 28 February 2011. He is a solicitor and was a partner at Ashurst from 1987 until his retirement in April 2010. He also provided legal counsel to the Eircom employee share ownership trust since 2001.’ http://telegraph.uk-wire.com/cgi-bin/articles/201101310700093136A.html?epic=AERL

Thomas Moran was appointed to the Board on 25 August 2006. Mr Moran has served as Chairman of the Board of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company since June 2005 and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since October 1994. He has participated in its growth from a small retirement association to a mutual life insurance company. Mr Moran is a graduate of Manhattan College and has extensive business experience and is a member of the Taoiseach's Economic Advisory Board, as well as the Boards of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in the USA and the Ireland-United States Council for Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Leslie Buckley ‘ served as the Chief Operations Officer of Esat Telecom from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Buckley was one of Ireland's most successful business consultants having helped the start-up of Esat Telecom Group plc and Esat Digifone Ltd. He established his own consultancy business in 1990 and since retained on a number of key public and private sector appointments.’ http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=1120266&ticker=AERL:ID&previousCapId=3040180&previousTitle=AER%20LINGUS

Leslie was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 18 May 2009. Mr. Buckley was nominated for appointment to the Board by the Minister for Finance and will be designated as a 'Minister's Nominee' in accordance with the Company's Articles of Association. Mr. Buckley is a founding director of Digicel a telecommunications group with over nine million subscribers and operations across the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific. Previously, Mr. Buckley was involved in the start-up of Esat Telecom group plc and Esat Digifone Limited and held the position of acting chief operating officer of Esat Telecom during 1996 and 1997. Mr. Buckley established his own consultancy business in 1990 and was retained on a number of key public and private sector appointments. Mr. Buckley is currently the Chairman of Saongroup.com and Business Recovery Services Limited and a director of a number of other Irish companies. He is also a director of the Irish Medical Organisation Services Limited. In January 2009 Mr. Buckley established Haven, a charitable foundation dedicated to building and up-grading houses for the poorest of the poor, initially in Haiti, through long-term partnership programmes with communities and an annual Volunteer based 'Build-It-Week'. In March 2009 Mr. Buckley was appointed to the Board of Independent News & Media PLC.

Montie Brewer was appointed to the Board on 25 January 2010. He is an airline veteran and a recognised industry innovator in airline pricing, sales and distribution strategies. Most recently he was President and CEO of Air Canada. He is currently a Non-executive Director of Allegiant Travel Company, recognised as one of North America's most innovative airline and travel groups. He holds a BA in Business Administration & Transportation Management from Michigan State University.

Nicola Shaw was appointed to the Board on 25 January 2010. She is Director, Bus - UK, Ireland and Germany for FirstGroup plc, the world's leading transport company operating in Europe and North America, and transporting approximately 2.5 billion passengers a year. She previously worked in senior positions in both the UK Strategic Rail Authority and the Office of the Rail Regulator. She was also a transport consultant with Bechtel and Halcrow Fox and holds a BA in Modern History and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Transport from MIT.

Mella Frewen was appointed to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director on 01 January, 2010. Ms. Frewen is Director General of the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA) based in Brussels and has worked in the agri-food sector in Europe for over 20 years. She has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the National University of Ireland and completed a post-graduate course in marine biology at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Ms. Frewen also holds a diploma in International Operations Management from INSEAD.

What is missing from this anodyne biography is that Mella Frewen was ‘Director of Government Affairs (Europe-Africa) for Monsanto Services Intl.’ ‘[She] was on the official Irish Government delegation to the World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong and Cancún [in February 2006]. Senator Norris said it is disgraceful that the Irish delegation was used as a Trojan horse by Monsanto. "I call upon Bertie Ahern and the Government to explain what that Monsanto representative was doing at the WTO trade discussions purporting to represent the Irish people. They do not represent Ireland!" http://www.gmfreeireland.org/potato/index.php

Spectabilis
17-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Here's another one Cap'n:

The Social Workers Registration Board of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council known before as the National Social Work Qualifications Board. this is the Board that plans to charge a Registration fee of €350 per annum to social workers (about 2,700 nationally) whether they are working or not.
http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/currentissues/Ir110311-1pdf.pdf


In the same issue of Iris Oifigiuil (March 11th 2011) some nominations to other Boards by the outgoing govt are listed also:

To the National Roads Authority, Mr James Donlon, Member
To the Board of an Post, Mr Peter Ormond, director


And

" The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs,
has recently appointed the following to be Members of the
Western Development Commission:
Ainm/Name Eolas breise/Additional Information
Helen Rochford Brennan Appointed Chairperson of the Western
Development Commission
Mary Devine O’Callaghan Office Manager Kilrane O’Callaghan
Solicitors
Mary Hoade Member of Galway County Council
Pádraig Ó hAoláin Former CEO Údarás na Gaeltachta
Jackie Maguire County Manager
Martina Minogue Director, e Teams — a company
providing translations and related
services
Mr. Neville Bagnall Council for the West
Katie Sweeney CEO, Co. Mayo VEC
Gerry O’Connor Businessman
Vincent Roche Former CEO North Western Regional
Fisheries Board
Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh Teacher, former Member of Donegal
County Council
Jim Devenney Farmer, community worker


And for a spot of off-topic humour in what must be a tough task building this data bank, did you know that the Revenue has appointed a new Receiver of Wreck? Really. :D
She will be a very busy official with the whole country on her desk.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-03-2011, 02:56 PM
Thanks Spectabilis much appreciated- strangely enough Colm McCarthy's An Snip Nua report from June 2009 recommended that the Western Development Commission be folded into Enterprise Ireland as far as I recall.

Extraordinary how the government can commission a no doubt expensive report identifying 5billion in savings from quangoland and yet two years later pretty much Ministers are still appointing people to Boards which were apparently scheduled for demolition.

This means that in effect the 'An Snip Nua' report has been ignored by the same government that commissioned it.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-03-2011, 03:33 PM
An Bord Uchtala (Adoption Authority of Ireland) An Bord Uchtala was dissolved and the Adoption Authority of Ireland constituted by the Adoption Bill 2009.

Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon is a solicitor and senior lecturer in family and child law at the Law Society of Ireland. In June 2006, he was appointed by the Government to the independent position of Special Rapporteur for Child Protection. Geoffrey has been selected by the European Expert Organising Committee as the Irish expert member of the Commission on European Family Law. In September 2007, he was appointed by the Government as Chairman of the Adoption Board. Geoffrey’s many publications include Divorce: Law and Practice (Thomson Round Hall, 2008). He is the editor of the Irish Journal of Family Law and has written extensively on family and child law issues.

‘Any adoption agency which engages in illegal practices should be de-registered and if necessary the case referred to An Garda Síochána, the chairman of the Adoption Board has said. The case of Thessa Reeves, whose son was illegaly adopted and falsely registered as the natural child of the adoptive parents. This was done by St Patricks Guild Adoption Agency which remains fully accredited by the Adoption Board despite knowing about Thessa Reeves case for 9 years

The boards chairman, Geoffrey Shannon, guaranteed that any case would be investigated and if necessary referred to the relevant authorities. He may even report the case to the Police. Nine years is a long time waiting for a child report that is classed as a priority. The Adoption Agency has the power to de-register adoption agencies engaged in wrongdoing though they are waiting for even more powers to provide better answers.

St. Patrick's Guild, a Catholic run agency, was involved in the secret export of 572 children to the US for adoption from the 1940's to the 1970's, which was more than any other adoption agency.’ http://www.childaware.net/religious_abuse_18.html

‘Mr Shannon said he would recommend to the Adoption Board to de-register agencies engaged in wrongdoing. "We will do what we can do within the powers laid down in the Adoption Acts. We will have much greater enhanced powers under the forthcoming adoption legislation and hopefully we will be in a better position to provide answers. "The board has at its disposal the power to de-register an adoption society... it would be my recommendation to the board where wrongdoing has been found on the part of an adoption society, that the board... de-register the adoption society," he said. ‘
Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/adoption-agencies-to-be-struck-off-for-wrongdoing-120375.html#ixzz1GsHL2St1

The St Patrick’s Guild Adoption Agency is still listed on various websites as a ‘Registered Adoption Agency’ which of course it isn’t as it is now restricted to record tracing rather than adoptions.

(Recruitment of a CEO for the Adoption Authority of Ireland is in process at present.)

Dr. Helen Collins, (Solicitor) Deputy Chairperson A solicitor with 30 years experience as a practising solicitor, most recently as a partner with McCann Fitzgerald.

Ms. Ann McWilliams (SW/Research expertise) Social worker with research expertise in child welfare & child protection
Ms. Corinna Carrick (Solicitor)
Ms. Siobhan Keogh (SW/Experience in adoption practice) a Social worker with experience in adoption practice (previously a member of the Adoption Board)
Dr. Cyril McNulty (GP)
Dr. Helen Greally (Psychologist)

Spectabilis
18-03-2011, 12:39 PM
I thought we had a thread on appointments to Boards in the last days of the outgoing government but can't find it.

The Examiner reports today on another appointment, to the Irish Sports Council, on the last day in office by Mary Hanafin. Danny Owens, FF councillor and friend of Brian Cowan. The stipend for the the post is €5.985 and expenses are paid. Mr Owens has a history of involvement in sport in Offaly.


http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/hanafin-named-ff-man-to-board-on-last-day-148646.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-03-2011, 02:36 PM
Cheers Spectabilis and will slot that into the Sports Council on next round of tidyups.

Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee

(Chair) Rita Hayes. Rita is a former Progressive Democrat local election candidate (and constituency colleague of Mary Harney’s) and was appointed to the National Treatment Purchase Fund Board- by Mary Harney. Rita earns annual fees of €7,695 per annum for that gig. Ms Hayes was appointed to the Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee in 2002 by Michael McDowell.

The Phoenix twigged that Prison Visiting Committees were rife with crony appointees when it noticed that John O’Donoghue was appointing people from all over the country to the Prison Visiting Committee- some having to make a 400 mile round trip. This meant of course that (at the time) the members of the committee were earning 60p a mile mileage allowance. No controls of course on whether there was any of the usual car-sharing arrangements favoured by this kind of quangocrat. A comment from Gavin’s Blog; http://www.gavinsblog.com/2009/08/27/john-odonoghues-pvc-appointments/

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-stuffing-quangos-with-cronies-during-its-last-days-in-office-2498058.html
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

As Michael McDowell himself explained in responding to a written question concerning the method of selection of members of state boards in 2002; ‘There are no specific criteria used in selecting individuals for appointment to Prison Visiting Committees. The composition of each committee is drawn from as wide a spectrum as possible to ensure that the needs of prisoners are understood and met. This is the long standing practice used by successive Ministers in appointing members to the Prisons Visiting Committees.’ http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0555/D.0555.200210170130.html

(Vice-Chair) Angela O’Connor appointed September 2005 by Michael McDowell. Re-appointed by Dermot Ahern 07 April 2009 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

Ita Greene appointed 17 February 2003 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0 Ita was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail GE 1997 candidate in Dublin North Central.

Eithne Killeen appointed 20 September 2002 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

Martina Coombes was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail candidate in Swords in the 1999 and 2004 local elections.

Wilhelmina Daly appointed 20 September 2005 by Michael McDowell. No idea who this lady is except that her facebook page lists Rita Hayes (see Chair above) as a friend. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

James O’Hanrahan appointed 20 September 2005 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0 There was a James O’Hanrahan who fought the Dublin North Central constituency for the Progressive Democrats. I’m sure I’ll hear about it if this is a different James O’Hanrahan.

Philip Cantwell Trying to confirm whether this is the same Phil Cantwell that was an Independent candidate in Trim in successive local elections up to 2011.

Cathal Finnucane Nothing I can find about this chap other than he was appointed in April 2008 by Dermot Ahern

Charles O’Connor Cannot confirm but there was a Charlie O’Connor who was a Fianna Fail TD for Dublin South West up to last month.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-03-2011, 05:56 PM
Castlerea Prison Visiting Committee

Michael Nevin (Chair) is a former Fianna Fail councillor from Longford.

Luie Mc Entire is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Longford

Seamus Kilgannon is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Sligo

Martin Leonard. Would this be the same Martin Leonard who as a Garda gave evidence to the Morris tribunal? If anyone knows or whether they can confirm I’d be grateful.

Paddy Greaney. The only P Greaney I can come up with is a former Independent candidate called Patrick Greaney who stood in Roscommon in the 80’s. Any info to the contrary on this and I'll happily amend.

Francis Fitzsimmons was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Cavan

Mary Darcy (no info)

Martin Daly (no info)

Seamus Kelly. No definite info but there is a Seamus Kelly listed as a local Fianna Fail activist in Roscommon. Do not know for sure if it’s the same chap. Happy to amend if anyone has any definite info that this Seamus is a different Seamus.


Looks like Prison Visiting Committees may turn out to be a productive little furrow for crony appointments.

As I understand it a Prison Visitor is obliged to visit the prison 'frequently' but no determination is available on what 'frequently' means here. Fees per diem for a visit were around 140 euros and there was a 60p mileage claim available which is significant in some of the appointments historically. The system has since been changed to introduce a 40euro ceiling I believe for mileage claims.

C. Flower
18-03-2011, 07:42 PM
Castlerea Prison Visiting Committee

Michael Nevin (Chair) is a former Fianna Fail councillor from Longford.

Luie Mc Entire is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Longford

Seamus Kilgannon is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Sligo

Martin Leonard. Would this be the same Martin Leonard who as a Garda gave evidence to the Morris tribunal? If anyone knows or whether they can confirm I’d be grateful.

Paddy Greaney. The only P Greaney I can come up with is a former Independent candidate called Patrick Greaney who stood in Roscommon in the 80’s. Any info to the contrary on this and I'll happily amend.

Francis Fitzsimmons was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Cavan

Mary Darcy (no info)

Martin Daly (no info)

Seamus Kelly. No definite info but there is a Seamus Kelly listed as a local Fianna Fail activist in Roscommon. Do not know for sure if it’s the same chap. Happy to amend if anyone has any definite info that this Seamus is a different Seamus.


Looks like Prison Visiting Committees may turn out to be a productive little furrow for crony appointments.

As I understand it a Prison Visitor is obliged t.o visit the prison 'frequently' but no determination is available on what 'frequently' means here. Fees per diem for a visit were around 140 euros and there was a 60p mileage claim available which is significant in some of the appointments historically. The system has since been changed to introduce a 40euro ceiling I believe for mileage claims.


Have the Sheep Dip Committees reared their heads yet?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-03-2011, 07:56 PM
Yeh- they cloned Ned O'Keeffe.

C. Flower
18-03-2011, 07:58 PM
Yeh- they cloned Ned O'Keeffe.

They used to highly prized appointments in the County Councils.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-03-2011, 12:30 PM
Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee A per diem payment of €142.50 per visit / meeting and vouched travel expenses of up to €30 per visit / meeting is paid to members of Visiting Committees.

Michael Coyle (Chair) A Michael Coyle contested the 1999 local election for Fianna Fail in Drogheda.

Peggy Downey There is a Peggy Downey from Laytown Co Meath who is an area President for the Vincent de Paul Society and I assume this is the same lady.

Fintan Hudson There’s a chap of this name who was appointed by Dillie O’Wee to the Governing Council of the Red Cross in 2006.

Eddie Martin An Eddie Martin from Wicklow, (same as this Eddie) won a DVD player in the Fianna Fail Superdraw 2010- the same draw that saw a Mr Martin Mansergh of Tipperary win a digital camera. I’d give a lot to watch Mansergh fiddling with a digital camera. http://www.fiannafail.ie/content/pages/3862/

Christine Ryan No info

Mary O’Neill No info

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-03-2011, 02:24 PM
Cork Prison Visiting Committee

This Prison Visiting Committee attracted the attention of Gavin from Gavins Blog who posted the following on 27th August 2009;
‘One example: JOD appointed FF Cllr Danny Harkin from Lifford in Donegal to the Cork PVC. Ah yes. The Phoenix continues: “This means that Cllr Harkin journeys around 600 miles each trip to Cork Prison and back, at least twelve times annually. This works out at £2,400 for the first 4,000 miles, £1,000 plus for the next 3,000 or so miles, £250 circa for subsistence and one £72 overnight stay, totalling around £3,700 per annum, or £300 a month tax free. Cork based PVC members would be entitled to a tiny fraction of this in expenses.”
But Cllr Harkin was not an anomaly. Donie Cassidy’s son Peter, from Castlepollard, was also appointed to the Cork PVC. John O’Neill from Newbridge was also on the Cork PVC, even though he would have been next to the Curragh Prison. He would travel 260 miles on the round trip to Cork, collecting nearly £200 each time for his troubles.’
And;
JOD made three appointments to the prison on Spike Island in Cork:
FF Cllr Tony Fox (Dublin)
Mary Green McGoldrick (Kilrush Co Clare)Seamus O’Connell (Waterford) http://www.gavinsblog.com/2009/08/27/john-odonoghues-pvc-appointments/

And from an April 2000 Independent article on the same subject; ‘And there is a kind of league table among visitors. In the year 2000, for example, 63 of our prison visitors claimed in excess of £3,000 in expenses, 24 claimed in excess of £4,000, eight claimed more than £5,000, and the three stars of the system, the Georgie Bests or Roy Keanes of visiting, claimed in excess of £6,000. The geography of their appointments is a public scandal. At least 100 of the Prison Visitors appointed under the Act are living in excess of 100 miles from the prison to which they are appointed. Of the 12 members of the Arbour Hill visiting committee, two only are from Dublin, Eithne Killeen and Eugene Rudden, and to their credit they carry out their work claiming no expenses at all. Of the rest two are from Kerry, two from Cork, two from Clare and Galway. And expenses amounting to almost £30,000 were claimed by the non-Dublin visitors. Of the 12 members of the Cork Prison visitors' committee, no less than five are sent down from Dublin at a cost of well over £10,000 in expenses for last year. For some reason one Dublin member manages to rake in £5,000 of this himself, leaving the other four claiming on average less than £2,000 each. In all, some £600,000 of public money is expended on this service, and in the view of this writer it includes a substantial degree of waste which should be looked into and clawed back.’ http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/is-the-prison-system-in-danger-of-falling-apart-350125.html
The rules on claiming expenses for criss-crossing the country have been changed but the appointment of party hacks goes on.

John Murphy (Chair) While there is a Fianna Fail Councillor called John Murphy who ran in the 2009 local elections it is not possible to tell whether this is the same John Murphy. Any info gratefully received.

Donie O’Keeffe No info

B Sweeney No info

Donal O’Shea No info- although I’m tempted to ask whether this Donal O’Shea is the same chap as the author of ’80 years of Fianna Fail’, a paperback history published in 2007?

James Lynch No info

Timothy O’Sullivan No info

Jimmy Breen Is this the same Jimmy Breen that was a Fianna Fail TD and then ran as an Independent in Clare in the 2007 election, I wonder? Cannot confirm for certain at the moment.

Michael Downey There was a Michael Downey who was a Fianna Fail candidate in Ballina in 2009 but we can’t be sure whether this is the same chap.

Terry Kelly No info
Nicholas Browne No info
Bart Twomey No info
Con McCarthy No info

It appears there was something of a clearout following some blatantly corrupt appointments by John O’Donoghue- he of ‘lets appoint my wife to a Board’ fame. Not much info available on the above appointees and I’d be grateful if anyone has any info to add.

C. Flower
21-03-2011, 03:17 PM
The idea of these people - some of them already busy people with other public responsibilities - driving the length and breadth of the country for mileage alone doesn't make a lot of sense. By the time you take petrol and wear and tear of the car off, it isn't that much.

I assume they were also eligible for overnight subsistence in some cases, given the distance ?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-03-2011, 03:57 PM
I suspect(!) that there may have been the usual Senate and Council car sharing arrangements ... don't know about overnights in hotels and haven't seen much evidence of it so far.

The other thing that strikes me is why are there twelve people on the Cork Prison Visiting Committee? They expecting a Last Supper or something? Four people would be ample for the work they have to do.

Also I've read a number of the Prison Visiting Committee reports and its all a bit bloody congratulatory- haven't done Mountjoy yet but I know there have been serious problems in the Joy, Cork and Limerick so will be particularly interested in reading those.

O'Donoghue was a blatant disgrace with his obviously bent pandering to the mileage system by appointing Dublin candidates- er, I mean residents to Cork prison.

I really think there is a serious case for a Revenue Commissioner audit of John O'Donoghue and his missus because I can practically guarantee that John and his fellow passenger weren't reporting benefits in kind on their tax returns every time they were feted around racecourses and hiring limos and so on.

If those two had worked for a bank they'd be in jail now.

Dr. FIVE
21-03-2011, 08:21 PM
Two pages back I mentioned Fianna Fáiler Michael Maguire who collected €34,826 as a driver for Manserargh.

On top of his chauffeur duties, Mr Maguire, who was booted off South Tipp Town council in 09, is also treasurer at a development company that was at the centre of an investigation surrounding the matter of how €45,000 in taxpayers' money was claimed in false invoices.


The controversy came to light when the company's auditors wrote to the board stating they were unable to sign off on last year's accounts. The auditors, Mulcahy, O'Neill, Fitzgerald & Co, said €44,239 had been incorrectly claimed. The letter said a claim form used to draw down the funds from Pobal referred to a number of invoices from suppliers which were supposed to have been paid by cheque. However, the auditors found the corresponding cheques were never sent to the suppliers. Instead, just under €35,000 of the funds were used to pay other building and service providers. The auditors also found the company had overclaimed for VAT refunds by €6,298. They said these concerns needed to be urgently investigated and that Revenue and Pobal needed to be informed.

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ministers-driver-linked-to-hostel-company-in-state-funding-probe-2096878.html
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/gardai-to-probe-false-invoices-worth-euro60000-at-stateaided-firm-2329046.html

At the time the company's acting chairman was a Jim O'Shea, though I can't yet establish if this is the Fianna Fáil Cllr of the same name in the same area.

Interestingly not long after all this and I assume while Fás' own investigation into the company was on going(lol). Tipperary Hostel LTD had clashes with SIPTU (http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2010/Name,11785,en.html) over claims (http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/siptu_claims_refuted_in_tipperary_hostel_dispute_1 _2253563) that former FAS workers at the Tipperary Hostel were being denied employment rights, and that workers at the Canon Hayes Recreational Centre would be made redundant to make way for them.

President of Muintir na Tíre Martin Quinn turns out to be senior management at both Tipperary Hostel LTD and Canon Hayes Recreational Centre.
The latter has received thousands from the dept of fun and enjoys tax exemption status.

Food for thought ahead of Enda announcing who the drivers will be and how they are selected.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-03-2011, 09:23 PM
I don't know whether I'm shocked by the shenanigans or by an auditor saying they couldn't sign off accounts because of significant discrepancies.

44,000 euros really is a Gardai job.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-04-2011, 07:48 PM
Peep-peep and away we go for the second half of the Quango Hammer and resuming an examination of the Prison Visiting Committess which was a good screw if you were appointed to the prison geographically furthest away from your home and you could claim mileage on top of the 143.00 per diem fee;

Limerick Prison Visiting Committee

In March 2007, Fianna Fail councillor Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahey was jailed for twelve months after being found guilty of defrauding his own council of €15,000 and falsely implicating an innocent contractor in the crime. The jailed councillor was also chairman of the Limerick Prison visiting committee.

In a statement in response to a question from Ruairi Quinn the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian ‘Chancer’ Lenihan reported on 3rd April 2008 that there were three vacancies on the Limerick Prison Visting Committee and three further anticipated vacancies. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2008-04-03.1002.0 The only name on the last two Annual reports (2008 & 2009) is a ‘Maria Gorman’ or as best I can make out from the scribbled signature.

There is a Fianna Fail Councillor by the name of Maria Gorman in Kerry http://www.fiannafail.ie/people/maria-gorman/

There doesn’t seem to be much information on appointments to replace the six vacancies on the Prison Visiting Committee so I wonder whether that Prison Visiting was down to one Fianna Fail Councillor for three years?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-04-2011, 08:55 PM
Loughan House Visiting Committee

Francis McDermott (appointed 2010 by Dermot Aherne) There is a Fianna Fail Councillor of that name in the Baileborough ward in Cavan which is a bit of a coincidence.

Gerry O’Connor (appointed 2010 by Dermot Aherne) In another coincidence there is a Fianna Fail constituency organiser of that name in Sligo-Leitrim. Not an unusual name though if anyone knows for sure this is not the same chap I’d be happy to amend this entry.

Clifford Kelly ho ho ho another Fianna Fail Councillor from the Baileborough ward in Cavan?

Eddie Feeley There is a retired/former Fianna Fail Councillor of that name from the Belturbet ward in Cavan. (Worry not for his former County Council seat btw as his young lad John Paul has his arse warming Daddy’s seat now having been co-opted on to it in 2009. Roll on next local elections.)

Kathleen Richey no mention of Fianna Fail connections here and the only info I can find refers to a Kathleen Richey who is active in community organisations in Cavan. Any info on connections gratefully received.

Naul McCole At the risk of mixing up my Naul McCole’s there is a chap of that name listed in Burtonport as a Fianna Fail cumann organiser on Pat the Cope Gallagher’s website.

Brendan Hughes In another remarkable coincidence there is a Fianna Fail Councillor in Monaghan listed on the Fianna Fail website under ‘our people’.

Turlough Smith ‘Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture spoke about the importance of local government and that the able Councillor was now well positioned to make a difference in her community and would always be there for the people. He referred to her long family republican tradition from the foundation of the state which spanned a life time in Fianna Fáil history from her Late Grand Uncle Paddy Smith TD, to former Cllr. Turlough Smith and now the next generation Cllr. Niamh Smyth.’ (A Fianna Fail blog entry written by Councillor Niamh Smyth in typical self-congratulatory style. The photographs of the event ‘The Hideout’ (!) in Cavan have to be seen to be believed and should really be seen if only for the appearance of ‘Lurch’ in the third photo down (extreme left). http://www.fiannafail.ie/blog/P230/

Padraig O Biadha former Fianna Fail Galway County Councillor.

Charles Fleming There is a ‘Charlie Fleming’ listed as a former Fianna Fail Councillor co-opted to replace some other FF hack on Cavan County Council in autumn 2003 and who promptly lost the seat in 2004. Which is something of an achievement in FF circles.

Eamonn Kinch I can see various appointments for an Eamonn Kinch to Leargas and to VEC’s/Technical colleges but accept this may be another chap entirely and would be grateful for any info.

Thomas Reilly There is a listing on the Fianna Fail site under ‘our people’ for a Councillor Tom Reilly in Tuam

I suspect that the two new appointees above will have replaced two other members but have no clear view which until such time as a 2010 report appears. Cannot find a 2010 report so far.

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0

Far be it from me to suggest that Fianna Fail wouldn’t know a bit about the Irish prison system but this quango appears to be nothing less than a day out for various Fianna Fail hacks in the region.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-04-2011, 07:34 PM
Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee

Stephen Langton Chair

Betty Minihane

Noel Cloak

Liam Hogan (Vice Chair)

Paul McKay

Michael Good

JJ Murphy

Extraordinarily enough and all credit to the above Committee there appears to be no Fianna Fail/PD connections here at all as far as I can see. Even better this Committee went public on the conditions inside Mountjoy Jail and pointed out that drugs and weapons were being smuggled inside, basically taking Dermot Ahern’s Department to task publicly on issues with the prison.

Credit where credit is due this Committee seems to have made great effort to do the job they undertook to do.

http://www.iprt.ie/contents/1429

C. Flower
05-04-2011, 09:43 PM
Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee

Stephen Langton Chair

Betty Minihane

Noel Cloak

Liam Hogan (Vice Chair)

Paul McKay

Michael Good

JJ Murphy

Extraordinarily enough and all credit to the above Committee there appears to be no Fianna Fail/PD connections here at all as far as I can see. Even better this Committee went public on the conditions inside Mountjoy Jail and pointed out that drugs and weapons were being smuggled inside, basically taking Dermot Ahern’s Department to task publicly on issues with the prison.

Credit where credit is due this Committee seems to have made great effort to do the job they undertook to do.

http://www.iprt.ie/contents/1429

Nice to see :)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-04-2011, 03:48 PM
Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Jennifer Murnane O’Connor (Chairperson) Fianna Fail Councillor and daughter of Jimmy Murnane, a Fianna Fail Councillor from Carlow, who stood for FF (despite an attempt to hide the party logo on her election literature as per usual practice these days) in Carlow Kilkenny in the General Election last month. Unsuccessful and eliminated on the 10th count. http://electionsireland.org/result.cfm?election=2011&cons=32

Jody Gunning Fianna Fail party member and something of a spokesperson in the Laois-Offaly area; ‘Party member Jody Gunning said the Lenihans "weren't very fair" to the Taoiseach. He also claimed the media "drove him into the ground" before adding that Brian Cowen was a "very straight gentleman".’ (May be in need of a political spirit measure) http://www.independent.ie/national-news/county-faithful-urge-cowen-to-run-in-election-2511038.html

Jack Bourke I believe this may be the former Mayor of Limerick (Fianna Fail naturally) and Councillor for over 40 years but who lost his seat by 10 votes in 2007 but would need the slightest nudge of confirmation if anyone has any info to verify or to counter. If it is the same Jack he was the longest serving Chairman of the Mid-Western Health Board. http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/leader_interview_with_jack_bourke_1_2181420

Brigid Teefy Progressive Democrat Councillor for Castleconnell Ward on Limerick County Council who went Independent when the PDs fell apart. http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=553

Dr. Abdul Bulbulia Husband of Katherine Bulbulia who was a Fine Gael Senator in the eighties and then joined the Progressive Democrats serving as a senior aide to the party’s leader up to 2006. Dr Bulbulia is a retired general practitioner in Waterford and founder and Director of Waterford Healing Arts which refers to the beneficial use of statuary and the visual arts in general in patient convalescence. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2008/0317/1205510793315.html

Nuala Halpin Wife of Brian Halpin, Former (until last year) Deputy DG and Secretary of the Central Bank and both were canvassers for The distinctly Unholy Mary Hanafin on a number of occasions.

Colm Wylie Spelling may be slightly off so this could be Colm Wiley who was a Fianna Fail Councillor on Clare County Council for 30 years. http://www.clarechampion.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2535:celebration-event-for-former-councillor&catid=60:east-clare&Itemid=56

John Cronin There was a John Cronin who was Fianna Fail Councillor and Mayor of Limerick between 2002 and 2003. I don’t think I’m in much danger of being sued by anyone on this Committee in fairness so unless anyone has any other info? http://www.u.tv/articles/article.aspx?cat=news&guid=2ddba649-c0d5-4ec4-b0cd-0e5132d852c8

Paddy Boland Not sure about this one but Sinead Dooley, grandniece of Patrick Boland first Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly (nee Boland) might be able to help us out with whether he is a relative or not…

Mel Kelleher No information available with regard to this member of the Committee.

http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/14087/1/Midlands_Prison_Visiting_Committee_Annual_Report_2 009.pdf

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-04-2011, 01:12 PM
Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee

Tom Colgan (Chairman) There is a Tom Colgan described as a ‘veteran Fianna Fail organiser’ in Laois.

Anne Turley No indication of party connections I can see

Eilish Croke Eilish appears to be a nursing and midwifery professional or at least a HSE employee of some kind. No political connections visible.

Michael Hough There is a Michael Hough who was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail candidate in the 1999 local elections in the Borrisokane ward in North Tipperary but unsure if this is the same chap. Does look like it though as I’ve just seen a secondary source which looks reliable.

Susan Meagher Former South Tipp Fianna Fail Councillor

William Foley No indication of party connections I can see

Tim Long Looks like unsuccessful Fianna Fail local election candidate for Castleconnell in Limerick in 2004

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-04-2011, 02:47 PM
Shelton Abbey Visiting Committee

Patrick Fitzgerald (Chair) There’s a Patrick Fitzgerald who was a FF town councillor in Arklow and Dick Roche’s running mate last General Election but I can’t be certain this is the same fellow as yet.

John Byrne There is a John Byrne who is an Arklow Town Councillor with Patrick Fitzgerald and the only other John Byrne I can come up with is a John Byrne who is a Labour Councillor in Bray and I doubt somehow it is him.

Fergus McDonnell Former Progressive Democrat Town Councillor in Edenderry Co Offaly who forst stood as an Independent candidate in 1999 and was elected and stood again in 2004 as a PD and was elected then lost his seat in 2009 before trying out in Laois Offaly in 2011 as an Independent again- unsuccessfully.

Fergus Nestor No information available

John Kierans There is a John Kierans who is a Fianna Fail election agent in Dundalk and I strongly suspect this is the same chap.

Michael Hanrahan There is a Michael Hanrahan who stood as a Fianna Fail candidate in the 1991 locals in the Greenhills ward for South Dublin County Council.

Hugh O’Keeffe Fianna Fail candidate in Baltinglass 1991 and 1999 for Wicklow County Council (unsuccessful)

P J Sheridan Former Fianna Fail Councillor for Clane in Kildare. Stood again in 2004 and 2009 unsuccessfully and had to fall back to his appointment as an assistant classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office (Ifco), where he watches movies and classifies them for a healthy fee. PJ is a former public servant. Some say he still is.
Ex-politicians paid €40,000 to watch films http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6982430.ece

This is a complete pisstake and this Committee along with a few others in this line of business could do with an overhaul.

antiestablishmentarian
08-04-2011, 02:54 PM
Any info on allowances etc available to these visiting committees?

Dr. FIVE
08-04-2011, 03:11 PM
€142.50 per meeting afaik and I assume there is travel on top of that.

Its on Kildare st somewhere in D.Ahern's appointments.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-04-2011, 03:17 PM
Yes there was a system whereby there was a payment per diem/per visit of 142.50 as FIVE says but I think a cap has now been put on the mileage caper which saw politicians appointing cronies to PVCs at the other end of the country and picking up 60cents a mile for a round trip and I'd say there were carsharing arrangements in the background of that too.

It was a blatant abuse on top of a blatant abuse of power in appointing party hacks in the first place. Mountjoy Committee aside (who seem to be people of some integrity and commitment in fairness) I have to say that some of the other Committees are an utter disgrace in their constitution.

antiestablishmentarian
08-04-2011, 03:24 PM
It's beyond comprehension to me that they seem to have no regulations governing who can be appointed to these damn things. One would expect people with an interest in the Prison System, be it professional, as part of an NGO or charity, or in the community at large, to constitute something like this. That they can stuff it with failed election candidates and cumann drinking buddies says alot about the selection criteria.

Dr. FIVE
08-04-2011, 09:44 PM
‘Stroke’ Fahey was on Limerick visiting committee for things went temporarily sour for him I think.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
09-04-2011, 07:10 PM
Thats right wasn't he jailed after being on a Prison Visiting Committee? Yep- Independent news report from 2004; He was Chairman of the Committee.

'The colourful and controversial councillor has seldom been out of the headlines in his 25 years as a public representative. Based in Ardrahan, he had initial ambitions of winning a Dail seat but found himself in the hugely competitive constituency of Galway West alongside heavyweights Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Bobby Molloy, Eamon O Cuiv and Frank Fahey.

He was dubbed 'The Stroke' in the late 1970s after he masterminded a small political coup by winning a nomination to stand for election after Fianna Fail party bosses in the West had initially rejected his candidature.

Cllr Fahy is long-time chairman of the Visiting Committee of Limerick Prison.'

C. Flower
11-04-2011, 11:47 AM
Thats right wasn't he jailed after being on a Prison Visiting Committee? Yep- Independent news report from 2004; He was Chairman of the Committee.

'The colourful and controversial councillor has seldom been out of the headlines in his 25 years as a public representative. Based in Ardrahan, he had initial ambitions of winning a Dail seat but found himself in the hugely competitive constituency of Galway West alongside heavyweights Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Bobby Molloy, Eamon O Cuiv and Frank Fahey.

He was dubbed 'The Stroke' in the late 1970s after he masterminded a small political coup by winning a nomination to stand for election after Fianna Fail party bosses in the West had initially rejected his candidature.

Cllr Fahy is long-time chairman of the Visiting Committee of Limerick Prison.'


So, the only one of them to have any claim to appropriate experience to equip him for the job. Imo, only the TDs who have been to jail should be able to do it.

C. Flower
11-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Enda is getting his personal quango hammer out in tonight's Cabinet meeting.

I see this whole operation (presumably being driven by the IMF, which doesn't give a damn about services, only "fiscal rectitude") as rife with scope for disaster and inefficiency. From what people say here, it seems that the public servants who are best placed to know where useful and non damaging savings could be made, have not been consulted.

Most of the quangos do essential jobs. Government reorganisation is notoriously expensive and often fails to achieve efficiencies.

I think the first priority should be to pass legislation which makes all of these quangos fully accountable to the Daíl and which brings them under the Freedom of Information Act. Then, cap all salaries at a max of €100,000 euro. Then consult the service users and the employees - and review interntational best practice.

So far as I know, none of this has been done and we will be faced with some half-assed hatchet job, mainly designed to keep cronies over paid and to have a privatation fire sale of public assets and services.

I see that the Cabinet will also look at Colm McCarthy's expensive, private, recommendations on privatisation tonight.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/0411/1224294400570.html?digest=1

Captain Con O'Sullivan
11-04-2011, 01:48 PM
St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders

Denis Murphy Couple of possibilities but the possibility of mismatching the name with the wrong person is too great but any info anyone else has is most welcome.

Isabel Hendrick No information available as yet

Yvonne Ní Mhurchú Not sure but this lady may be related (daughter perhaps?) to FF Senator Labhras O’Murchu? They both seem to have strong profiles in Gaelic language institutions and there is an Yvonne Ni Murchu who is a Gaelscoil principal in Longford and Board member of Gailscoileanna Teo. Senator Labhras of course was Director of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri. Apologies to Gaelgoiri if my attempts at spelling have gone awry there.

Gerry Gaughan Stood as a Progressive Democrat candidate for the Balbriggan ward of Finglas County Council in 2004 unsuccessfully.

Victor Boyhan Elected as a Progressive Democrat Councillor in 1999 locals in Blackrock for the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Count Council. Defeated in 2004 and contested again as an Independent without success in 2009. Was an Independent candidate for the General Election in February this year in Dun Laoghaire unsuccessfully.

Cormac Bohan Stood as a Progressive Democrat candidate in the local elections in 2004 in Drogheda and in Drogheda West according to ElectionsIreland.org (unsuccessfully) http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=640

John Bielenberg I may be wrong but perhaps this is the John Bielenberg who is a designer from Belfast? http://www.bielenberg.com It is an unusal name and an interesting one if this John is related to the Bielenbergs of the anti-Nazi movement and Von Stauffenberg plot in Germany. The Bielenberg family settled in Carlow after the war and from Wikipedia – “She [Christabel] had three sons, Nicholas, John and Christopher. Nick's son Andy is a historian at University College Cork, Kim works as a journalist in Dublin. Nicholas's wife was Charlotte, daughter of Frizt-Dietlof Von der Schulenberg” (who was one of the prime movers behind the bomb plot against Hitler on July 20 1944). No political affiliations available for John except it looks like he was appointed by Michael McDowell and the family are landowners in Carlow, a sector of the community to which Progressive Democrats were not philosophically opposed;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christabel_Bielenberg
If it is the same John Bielenberg the link above is well worth reading. Incredible story.

Catherine Quinn No clear information to hand as yet.

Paula McCormack There is a Paula McCormack who stood for the Progressive Democrats in 2004 in Tallaght ward for South Dublin County Council unsuccessfully.

Dick O’Leary There is a Dick O’Leary who is a Fianna Fail activist in Dublin http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=925

These names have been picked up from the Oireachtas record from 2010 and 2005 but it is possible the list here includes names of people who may no longer be members of the Committee.The Committee’s annual report is signed only by the Chairman which is not helpful so I’ll proceed on the basis these are the current members unless informed reliably otherwise.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
11-04-2011, 03:35 PM
Wheatfield Prison Visiting Committee

Pat Rohan (Chairman) No info to hand except that Brian Cowen had a meeting in his official diary with a Pat Rohan at 4.00pm on Tuesday September the 9th 2008 with a note after it in brackets ‘ref Gerry Steadman’. The previous meeting in his diary was with Nicky English and Frank O’Riordan Head of AIB Investment Management with ‘Gerry Steadman’ also attending. Can’t confirm whether the Pat Rohan here is the same Pat Rohan who is chairman of the Wheatfield PVC but I’m curious to know whether the chap in the Cowen diary is this committee member or maybe Pat Rohan the racehorse trainer? Names ring a bell with anyone? http://www.scribd.com/doc/23675561/Taoiseach-Brian-Cowen-appointments-diary-May-7-2008-to-May-31-2009

Sadie Jordan ‘after Deputy Beverley Flynn was drummed out of the Fianna Fáil party on Friday night, having earlier in the week been expelled from the organisation’s parliamentary party without a single dissenting voice. This time there were five dissenting voices, one Oireachtas member, Senator Mary White and four other women, Sadie Jordan (Dublin), Kathryn Byrne (Dublin), Bridget Guinevan (Dublin) and Bernie Lalor (Cork). With thanks to the Castlebar News;) http://www.castlebar.ie/Local_Papers_Commentary/mn-20040512.shtml

Eddie Kirwan ‘Cllr Michael Gormley confirmed his decision earlier this week and informed the Fianna Fail party by letter after he felt he was "let down" by the party and not selected to contest the election for Laois County Council on June 5. "I regret what I have to do. I feel I was let down by Fianna Fail," he said. He is the second life-long Fianna Fail member to announce he is running as an independent, following Eddie Kirwan's recent decision.’ With thanks to the Leinster Express http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local/gormley_to_run_as_independent_1_2042902

William Loughnane There is a William Loughnane (Jr) who stood for Fianna Fail in local elections in Birr in 2004. The candidate’s father was William Loughnane who was a Fianna Fail TD in Clare in the early 1980s.

John O’Neill There is a John O’Neill who was a Fianna Fail Town Councillor in Drogheda, elected in 1999 and 2004. There is another John O’Neill who was a socialist Independent candidate in Ballymun Finglas in 2009 but of the two horses my money is on the former. Just an instinctive guess…

Marty Rohan There is a Martin Rohan who was(is?) a Fianna Fail Councillor in Boris-On-Ossory on Laois County Council.

Paddy Summers No information available

Tom Lillis There is a Thomas Lillis on the Bar Council website listed as a barrister with general practice and criminal law as his areas of interest and I think it should be assumed that his interest is professional if it is the same chap. http://www.lawlibrary.ie/members/barrister.asp?barID=4874

Dr. FIVE
11-04-2011, 03:42 PM
@ShaneRoassTD Press reports hint the coalition will wage war on quangos. IF you believe that you believe anything. EXpect gestures- but more jobbery.


ggg

Captain Con O'Sullivan
11-04-2011, 03:54 PM
Well Colm McCarthy's An Snip Nua Report identified 5billion euros in savings and I'm not convinced from my travels around quangoland that he looked deep enough at all.

I know for a fact that his report was ignored because not one quango mentioned as far as I known in that report has been stood down or merged.

I hear he's looking at state assets for possible sale now. I've a suspicion he'll be more keen to ask publicly whats happening with progress on that report. I'll be able to use Colm's An Snip Nua as a rough template for a quangohammer summary when I've got as far as I can possibly go and I'm almost certain even now I can identify a hell of a lot more fat than he found.

I wonder how much An Snip Nua cost as a report to produce before entering the realms of complete ignoral.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
11-04-2011, 09:48 PM
Just checking the list of prisons and I've missed Dochas (if they have a separate committee) and when I've that slotted in tomorrow I propose to move on to Harbour Commission Boards unless anyone has any burning desire to see a certain quango sector which they think is a bit 'iffy' come up before then?


Dochas Prison Visiting Committee

Eibhlin Byrne (Chairperson) Career Fianna Fail politican and former Mayor of Dublin.

Marian Quinlan (Deputy Chairperson) Stood for Fianna Fail in local elections in 2004 in Castleknock ward of Fingal County Council

Bosco O’Farrell ‘FINE Gael has called for an investigation into how a prominent Fianna Fail activist in Meath won a €400,000 contract for electronic voting equipment. Bosco O'Farrell, the chairman of the Fianna Fail constituency executive in the by-election county, won a contract to supply ancillary equipment for electronic voting in 2002. FG's finance spokesman Paul McGrath said last night that it struck him as "unusual but not surprising" that a prominent Fianna Failer had gained a major contract from the Department of the Environment. "This warrants a look at all the tenders that were submitted for this particular contract and it would be interesting to see whether the contract was awarded to the lowest tender." He said the Government had been shown repeatedly to have a total disregard to probity in relation to the spending of taxpayers' money. "The whole business of electronic voting machines and the contracts awarded for their storage is mind-boggling in terms of the amount of money being wasted. I will be seeking further details concerning all the tenders which were awarded for the provision of ancillary equipment for electronic voting machines, and I believe this particular situation in Meath deserves further investigation." ‘Probe sought on FF backer's e-vote deal’, Independent news article February 21st 2005 http://www.independent.ie/national-news/probe-sought-on-ff-backers-evote-deal-275085.html

Paul Connell No information other than there is an Independent Councillor on Longford County Council and rarely enough he’s not a former PD but appears to be a real Independent Councillor!

Michael Landy No information available at the moment

Margaret Richardson Fianna Fail Councillor Mulhuddart ward on Fingal County Council although I believe she may have stepped down fairly recently. . http://www.communityvoice.ie/pages/CV124/CV124n05.htm

Marie Murphy There’s a Fianna Fail Councillor of that name in South Tipp. I know that Fianna Fail Senator Marc McSharry is married to a Marie Murphy- trying to verify whether this lady is another Marie Murphy unrelated to the McSharry missus- any info gratefully received.

May not be the lady as of the two Marie Murphies listed on ElectionsIreland.org one is in Kanturk in Cork and the other in South Tipp so it may just be a coincidence as it is not an unusual name and McSharry lurks around Yeats Country in Sligo... anyone got a sniff on this one?

Jacqui Mc Conville Fianna Fail Councillor on Louth County Council for Drogheda East ward.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
12-04-2011, 12:17 PM
On to Port Authority and Harbour Commissioners- essentially the tickly bits around the coastline. I have checked carefully and it appears Michael Lowry has not yet managed to get a North Tipp Harbour Commission set up so there is still hope. If anybody spots any Port Authority or Harbour Commission I've missed please do sing out..

Arklow Harbour Commission

Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commissioners

Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners

Cork Port Authorities

Dingle Harbour Commissioners

Drogheda Port Authority

Dublin Port Authority (Company?)

Dundalk Port Authority

Dun Laoghaire Port Authority

Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

Galway Ports Authority

Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

New Ross Port Authority

Port of Waterford Company

Shannon Foynes Port Authority

Sligo Harbour Commissioners

Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners

Wexford Harbour Commissioners

Westport Harbour Commissioners

Wicklow Port Authority

Captain Con O'Sullivan
12-04-2011, 01:15 PM
This could be a busy little area if Arklow Harbour Commissioners are anything to go by;

Board of Arklow Harbour Authority

(Fine Gael) Cllr Sylvester Bourke (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Doran (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

(Independent) Cllr Peter Dempsey (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Resigned early in 2011 it
would appear over issues as outlined in the Irish Times article below.

(Fine Gael) Cllr Donal O’Sullivan (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

Mr James Tyrell (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Director of local company Arklow Shipping Ltd.

Mr Austin Gaffney (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Local whelk fisherman

Ms Ann Lee (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Not certain but Ms Lee may have connections with a well-known shipbuilders (Lee family) from the area. Any info gratefully received. No obvious political connection but indications of a cultural connection perhaps.

Cllr Mr Paddy Mordaunt (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Chairman as at 11 March 2011. Builder and Fianna Fail Director of Elections in Wicklow. http://www.allvoices.com/news/1493590-wicklow-people. Please see also ongoing issues on which Paddy ‘cannot comment for legal reasons’.

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Fitzgerald (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Chair of Shelton Abbey Prison Visiting Committee and Dick Roche’s running mate in the recent General Election.

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Sweeney (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1098.0

Ongoing issues.

‘A HARBOUR authority in Co Wicklow was “mistakenly” imposing fees set without ministerial approval for 20 years, a report prepared for former minister for transport Noel Dempsey has found. Between 1987 and 2007, Arklow Harbour Commissioners did not apply for harbour rate orders, as required under the Harbours Act 1946. The due diligence report, seen by The Irish Times , was written for the Department of Transport as part of a process to transfer responsibility for the harbour to Wicklow County Council and after a complaint by a commercial company using the harbour, Island Shipping.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0311/1224291884440.html

Further quote

‘The report also examined concerns about “vested interests” on the board of the authority. It found the 1946 Act did not contain any provisions against membership of a harbour authority by “vested interests”. “The collegiate election system set out in the Act promotes membership of the authority by those with an interest in the port,” it said. A second legal case is expected to go ahead in the coming months initiated by boat owner Bruce Hoskin, whose €80,000 vessel was confiscated on foot of unpaid fees. He also disputed the fees imposed by the authority.
Former harbour commissioners board member Peter Dempsey, who resigned earlier this year, said the authority continued to pursue boat owners who had withheld fees up until last month.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0311/1224291884440.html

Second issue from 2004 involving Councillors and members of the Board of the Arklow Harbour Commission.

'What is even more intriguing is that the proposer of the motion, Cllr.. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, and its seconder, Cllr. Pat Doran (FF), both said they had no idea of the identity of the developer behind the scheme when they voted for it.
Cllr. O'Shaughnessy said he came across the submission in documentation about the new Wicklow Development Plan and, as a former resident of the Brittas Bay area, thought a new hotel and leisure complex 'a good idea'.
Cllr. Doran claimed to be equally ignorant of the developer's identity and said he was approached by fellow Fianna Fáil councillor Dr Bill O'Connell of Arklow about the proposal, which he enthusiastically welcomed.
Although they clearly never discuss his plans for Brittas Bay, builder Paddy Mordaunt -believed to be a keen Fianna Fáil supporter* - happens to sit beside Cllr. Doran at meetings of the Arklow Harbour Commissioners board, on which both men serve.’ http://www.brittasbay.org/news/Councillors%20have%20backed%20a%20plan%20to%20buil d%20a%20hotel.html

* Paddy Mordaunt, Builder, FF Councillor and FF Director of Elections Wicklow

Captain Con O'Sullivan
12-04-2011, 02:22 PM
Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commissioners

Labour Cllr Tadhg O’Donovan (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey)

Fianna Fail Cllr Joe Carroll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) (Chair) who may now no longer be a member of the Harbour Commissioners following a defeat in the local elections in 2009. Looks like his photo here was taken just after the first count as well… http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?id=116

Labour Cllr Brendan Leahy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey )

Fine Gael Cllr Brendan McCarthy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey )

Mr Michael Harte (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) Former Fianna Fail candidate for Skibbereen in 1999 (unsuccessful)

Mr Vincent O’Driscoll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) (Have to declare a possible interest here as I feel this may be Vince O’Driscoll who operates a ferryboat out of Baltimore. I’ve met the chap and enjoyed a conversation or two but not so much as to know of any party affiliations. I have no other connection and his name is not coming up with any connection via ElectionsIreland.org. Phew.) He’s the right fellow to be a Harbour Commissioner there as at least he earns a living on Roaringwater Bay and does it in tourist-friendly fashion too so all to the good.

Mr Danny O’Driscoll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) No info available and there are plenty of the O’Driscoll clan down around Baltimore and Skibbereen so will not take any chances on possible mixups.

Mr Dermot Sheehy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) No info to hand.

Mr Kieron Cotter (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) . This may be a misspelling of the name of the Coxswain of the Baltimore allweather lifeboat the ‘Hilda Jarret’ I’ve a suspicion and I can find no political connections for the Coxswain. Again like Vince O’Driscoll if it’s the same Cotter he ’ll at least know what he is about on the subject of Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commission work.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
13-04-2011, 02:36 PM
Bantry Bay Harbour Authority

Note: It appears that under the Harbours Amendment Act (2009) certain harbour bodies including the Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners were dissolved by authority of the Act and by order of the relevant Minister (Pat Carey) with responsibility transferred to other bodies such as Port of Cork Authority in the case of this former quango. There does appear to be a wrinkle. From a report written by consultants for the Port of Cork Authority presumably in response to the Harbours Amendment Act 2009 it appears the decision did not go down too well in Bantry.

‘Suggested merger of Port of Cork Company and Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners'
The consultants recommend that the Ports of Cork and Bantry should be merged on management, environmental and safety grounds. While we are happy to consider such a merger we have been informed by Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners of their opposition and unwillingness to pursue the matter.’ Report undated unfortunately but assume sometime in 2009. http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/8409-6.pdf

‘On Monday, Senator Denis O'Donovan notified his party whip that he would be voting against the proposed Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2008 when it came before
the Seanad on Thursday – a move that would have placed him outside of the parliamentary party.

However, on Wednesday morning, the Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey, capitulated by proposing two amendments to the Bill that will go 95% towards
meeting the demands of Senator O'Donovan and Bantry Harbour Board.’
http://www.emara.org/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2448

In response to a written question Transport Minister Noel Dempsey confirmed he had made three appointments to the Bantry Bay Harbour Commission in 2009 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-18.488.0

Otherwise there is a list of appointments made by Noel Dempsey in 2004 in a statement in response to a question on departmental appointments in 2006 and for the lack of any other information have to assume that these appointees are still in place. Happy to amend if anyone has any more up-to-date info.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1098.0

The only person I can say with some certainty is a member of the Bantry Harbour Authority is Captain Alec O’Donovan who is I believe the Harbour Master and submitted a notification to Oifiguil on behalf of the Authority in July 2006. No political affiliation apparent. http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/archive/2006/july/2006%2007%2021%20IO%20Issue.PDF

Mr Michael Henebry (Chairman) No political affiliation evident

Mr John O’Riordan May be a local businessman as there is a furniture business run by a gentleman of that name in Bantry. No political affiliation evident

(Fine Gael) Cllr Eugene Cronin (may have been replaced in 2009)*

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Patrick Kelly (may have been replaced in 2009)*

(Fine Gael) *Cllr Mary Hegarty (proposed and appointed by Cork County Council in 2009)

(Fianna Fail) *Cllr PG Murphy (proposed and appointed by Cork County Council in 2009) www.corkcoco.ie/co/pdf/573626554.doc

Mr John O’Shea There is a Fine Gael Councillor of that name in Bantry but unclear if this is the same gentleman.

Mr Donal Casey a Fianna Fail Councillor co-opted in 2003 to replace Denis O’Donovan who was called to the subsidised bar at the Senate the same year. Elected in 2004.

Mr Aiden McCarthy A Fianna Fail Town Councillor elected in 2004

Mrs Kathleen Tessyman Fianna Fail candidate for Bantry Town Council in 2004 (unsuccessful)

Ms Letty Baker Co-opted as a Fianna Fail replacement for a Sean Baker and subsequently elected under her own steam to the Town Council in 2004.

Mr Mario Minehane No political affiliation evident. Minehane is also a member of the Aquaculture License Appeals Board.

Mr Tim Minehane No information on party affiliation

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-04-2011, 02:33 PM
Port of Cork Authority

Brendan Keating (Chief Executive) Salary 183,158.00 per annum. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/port-firm-thumbs-nose-at-tds-pay-queries-2063632.html. Former Limerick City Manager with no political affiliation evident.

Captain Pat Farnan (Harbourmaster) No political affiliation evident.

Captain Paul O’Regan (Deputy Harbourmaster) No political affiliation evident.

Dermot O'Mahoney (Chair) (2009 fee 21,600 euros) No political affiliation evident.

Mr. Finbarr Buckley (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) No political affiliation evident.

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Alan Coleman (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros)

(Labour) Cllr John Kelleher

Dominic Daly (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) Local auctioneer, no political affiliation evident

David Doolan (Director) (14,000 fee per annum) Senior Berthing Master, no political affiliation evident

Pat Fenton (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) There is a Pat Fenton who is Fianna Fail Chairman of Fianna Fail Fundraising Committee in Cork who donated 2,500euros to Noel Ahern TD http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/DonationsDisclosed/TDsSenatorsandMEPs/DonationsDisclosedbyTDsSenatorsandMEPsfor2007/File,8135,en.pdf

Cannot be sure this is the same Pat Fenton so will be happy to amend should anyone have any information concerning a possible mixup.

Paul Millard (Director) (14,000euro fee per annum) no political affiliation evident

Fees and 2009 Noel Dempsey appointments http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2009-12-08.1375.0
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-07.1298.0

Have to say that with the possible exception of one director who may or may not be the Chairman of Fianna Fail fundraising committee in Cork this quango seems to be remarkably clear of cronyism and controversy. Having turned over the usual rocks and taken a look at the former Limerick City Manager Brendan Keating as well due to the salary level involved I have to say this quango actually looks like value for money and pretty well constituted.

For a salary level which is toward the high end it would be unfair to criticise Keating as there can't be many who have eight years experience as CEO of a large port company like Cork which handles a lot of activity from passenger ferries to cargo ships, to recreational use to mussel beds and a fair size property portfolio with all the angst that comes with that sort of territory. Also uniquely qualified to consider a city's infrastructure requirement from his time as Limerick City Manager.

The website is good and informative, the annual reports are there and tidy, there is a good cross-section on the Board and no controversies I can find.

I'd be inclined to award a 'Jayney Mac 'quality mark if I had one in fairness.

Munnkeyman
14-04-2011, 02:56 PM
It's fecking endless, Ukrainians and Belorussians trying to sell pills and women through the wiki, so I've had to delete and restore
quite a few of the pages it's disheartening to say the least.
I've been collating a list of all of the appointments made by Fianna Fáil
in the last 3 months, but it's a nightmare to be honest.
Apparently according to today's Indo 182 appointments were made.


Deputy Joe Higgins: That is the democratic process, limited and all as has been provided for by the Government.
We are talking about disgraceful jobbery where 110 people were stuffed by Fianna Fáil on to State boards, just as Fine Gael did previously,
and their only qualification, for the most part, is that they were hacks of the political parties concerned. When will we have an end to this kind of cynicism?
Dáil Éireann 13th April 2011
http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/04/13/00008.asp





FF put 182 on to state boards in last days

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney yesterday appointed retired Carlow businessman Phil Meaney as chairman of Bord na gCon, the state board for developing the greyhound industry.
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-put-182-on-to-state-boards-in-last-days-2619379.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
14-04-2011, 03:08 PM
Yes I'm heading back to the dynasty politics thread to pick up on any direct family members of 'De Burst Up Party' to go through those myself and will pick up on any last minute appointments to quangos on a backfill exercise before collaring various Farrells and Griffinses after this quango hammer exercise is sorted.

Its a great way to get an education on Irish politics all this... but after those I'll either have had time to see whether FG intend to be any different or same old same old in which case principles of democracy are out the window for me and I'm off to make some lives miserable in as many ways as I can think up.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-04-2011, 06:04 PM
Dingle Harbour Commissoners (now defunct)

“Dingle fishery harbour centre has been the most recent addition to the fishery harbour centres covered under the 1968 Act, as amended. Prior to its designation as a fishery harbour centre, it had been under the control of the Dingle Harbour Commissioners. The harbour commissioners formally sought the designation of the harbour as a fishery harbour centre. In 2007, Mr. Noel Dempsey, the then Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, issued the Fishery Harbour Centre (An Daingean) Order 2007, which effectively gave fishery harbour centre status to Dingle, as set out in the Fishery Harbour Centres Act 1968, as amended.” 06 April 2011 Shane McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael) on behalf of Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. http://www.kildarestreet.com/debate/?id=2011-04-06.495.12

(Harbours designated as a fishery harbour centre are administered via a central fund for harbourmaster wages and so on and funded by a levy on fishing operations using the harbour. Levies are currently under review. Fishery harbour centres include Killybegs, Rossaveal, An Daingean, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth.)


Dublin Port Company

‘Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers. The company currently employs 144 staff.
Located in the heart of Dublin City, at the hub of the national road and rail network Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area.
Dublin Port handles almost 50% of the Republic’s trade, two thirds of all containerised trade and is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland, the others being Belfast and Cork. Base ports offer multi-modal services with connections to transhipment ports such as Rotterdam and are important strategic trading hubs.
Dublin Port also handles over 1.76 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling to the port.’ http://www.dublinport.ie/about-dublin-port/corporate-information/

Lucy McCaffrey (Chairperson) Lucy McCaffrey was appointed by then Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD as the new Chairperson on 26th January 2010 McCaffrey is the principal and founder of management consulting company Latitude. She has 25 years experience and previously worked with Synectics, an international innovation consultancy based in Boston. A graduate of UCD, her early career was in secondary teaching and public service management. McCaffrey has served as a member of the boards of The Project Arts Centre and Dublin Port Company. http://www.businessandleadership.com/appointments/398/

No political affiliation evident here although her company Latitude is mentioned in the Oireachtas record on a couple of occasions for facilitating meetings with members of the Oireachtas. Looking back on Lucy’s career with Synectics the ‘international innovation consultancy’ it appears that Lucy is one of those uber consultants into the dynamics of teamwork and so on. Synectics seems to be one of those American semi religious-in-approach-to-human-relations agencies that pull down serious payments from corporations and the Federal government who need an external consultant to run courses, advise on brand marketing and various other ways to disguise common sense that make the cynics among us die inside by degrees at innovation workshops. A professional’s professional in more polite corporate terms. Probably a very good public speaker. Here’s the Synectic website. For fun try to see how long it takes you going through their website to find out what they actually do; http://www.synecticsworld.com/

Eamonn O'Reilly (Chief Executive) Mr O'Reilly is the former chief executive of Dublin Port-based handling business, Portroe Stevedores, a position he held since 2005. He also held the role of group business development manager of Portroe’s parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time. Prior to joining the Doyle Shipping Group, he was business development manager for Securicor Ireland. No political affiliation evident.

Emer Finnan Emer has over 20 years experience in financial services. Prior to joining EBS Emer worked as a Director with NCB Corporate Finance with responsibility for financial services and advised on a large number of financial services transactions. Before that Emer worked with ABN AMRO and Citibank in Corporate Finance in London, again specialising in financial services transactions. Emer trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. She also spent a number of years on the Board of the RTÉ Authority. Rather suspiciously Emer is one of those ‘sign and leg it’ appointments made by Pat Carey with the engine running outside- he appointed her to the Board of Bus Atha Cliath in among a group of appointments which included a Fianna Fail organiser, a Fianna Fail former candidate and a former FF Senator/TD/Councillor between 22nd February and 8th March this year. Shane Ross had a waspish comment to make concerning Emer at EBS: “Last of Moran's cabal to seek re-election is Emer Finnan, loyal secretary of the EBS throughout Mark's toils. Emer is embedded in the EBS corporate culture of feeding the fatcats.” http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/shane-ross/ebs-cronies-confronted-1248552.html

Brian W. Kerr Not much available on Brian except that there is a Brian Kerr Shipping company listed on tke Tolka Road in Dublin and would assume that is the Brian on the board of Dublin Port Company and not the manager of the Faroe Islands national football team. No political affiliation evident.

Jerry Kiersey Also a member of the Interim Prison Board, Chairman of the Transport Umbrella Group and Green Tiger Express, a haulage firm based in Newcastle Co Dublin. There is a letter in the Independent from a Jerry Kiersey of Blessington Co Wicklow which I suspect from the content is this Jerry.
‘I AM a member of the Progressive Democrats and I was totally dismayed by the failure of the electorate to return Michael McDowell - to me, amongst the greatest Ministers of Justice this country has ever had.’ http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/mcdowell-prophet-in-his-own-country-691293.html

Pat Magner 'A FORMER Labour Party guru has landed a plum job in a semi-state company in return for helping Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to secure the support of the Greens after the General Election. Labour's former National Organiser Pat Magnier has joined the board of the Dublin Port Company where the Taoiseach's controversial close associate, Joe Burke, is chairman. Just before his appointment, Labour's only three-times appointed Senator played a key role for Mr Ahern as a go-between with the Green Party. Mr Magnier had private talks with the now leader of the Green Party, John Gormley, when difficulties arose in their negotiations with Fianna Fail. It has also emerged that Mr Ahern approached Mr Magnier before he spoke to Brendan Howlin TD about taking the job as Leas Ceann Comhairle in June. Giving the Leas Ceann Comhairle position to a member of the Labour Party was expected to cause resentment among Mr Howlin's colleagues in the Parliamentary Party. However, the Irish Independent has learned that Mr Magnier was able to assure the Taoiseach that Mr Howlin was amenable to the idea. Mr Magnier's wife, Anne Byrne, is Mr Howlin's parliamentary assistant.’

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/labour-guru-lands-top-job-for-helping-ff-entice-greens-1061691.html

Couldn’t let this one pass;
‘However, Mr Magnier and Mr Ahern have been friends for many years. The Taoiseach personally thanked him after a radio programme a few weeks ago when Mr Magnier challenged the quote that Mr Ahern is the "most devious and cunning of them all". Mr Magnier said that maybe Mr Ahern was the most talented of them all.’

John Moore There are a few links which indicate John may be a former (or still serving?) public servant in the Department of Finance. This board member managed to make a trip to the Maldives in September of last year to explain the benefits of Public and Private Partnership in Port Management. http://www.port.com.mv/medianews.aspx

Charles Rochfort An interesting name and one that may indicate a descendancy from the Rochforts of Kildare & Wexford who were substantial landowners in Ireland but cannot be sure. No political affiliations evident but some historically quite interesting links popping up on google .. one for the geneology fans possibly.

It appears that these positions are paid with 14,000 euros per annum on offer to Board Members. The Chief Executive is paid in excess of 220,000 euros. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/port-firm-thumbs-nose-at-tds-pay-queries-2063632.html

C. Flower
17-04-2011, 06:45 PM
Janey mack.


Pat Magnier 'A FORMER Labour Party guru has landed a plum job in a semi-state company in return for helping Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to secure the support of the Greens after the General Election. Labour's former National Organiser Pat Magnier has joined the board of the Dublin Port Company where the Taoiseach's controversial close associate, Joe Burke, is chairman. Just before his appointment, Labour's only three-times appointed Senator played a key role for Mr Ahern as a go-between with the Green Party. Mr Magnier had private talks with the now leader of the Green Party, John Gormley, when difficulties arose in their negotiations with Fianna Fail. It has also emerged that Mr Ahern approached Mr Magnier before he spoke to Brendan Howlin TD about taking the job as Leas Ceann Comhairle in June. Giving the Leas Ceann Comhairle position to a member of the Labour Party was expected to cause resentment among Mr Howlin's colleagues in the Parliamentary Party. However, the Irish Independent has learned that Mr Magnier was able to assure the Taoiseach that Mr Howlin was amenable to the idea. Mr Magnier's wife, Anne Byrne, is Mr Howlin's parliamentary assistant.’ http://www.independent.ie/national-n...s-1061691.html

Sadly that link isn't working at the moment.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-04-2011, 07:05 PM
Link replaced CF- seems to be working now - can you see if it works for you?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-04-2011, 11:08 AM
Dundalk Port Company

The Port, situated almost exactly halfway between the cities of Belfast and Dublin enjoys major road connections to both cities via the N1 national primary road. This enables easy transportation of goods to both cities from Dundalk in about an hour. The port offers a range of services including general cargo handling, pilotage, customs, etc.
Dundalk Port Company appears to have had something of a perception problem when it comes to corporate governance in the recent past.

‘Chief Executives Defences(sic) Dundalk Port Company
Dundalk Port has been the subject of confrontation and controversy in recent times, between the port company and the Department of the Marine and now Transport, to which the ports were moved on January 1. An investigation has been carried out by the Departments into the port's financial. The Chief Executive of Dundalk Port Capt.Frank Allen, maintains that what the company did was for the best interests of the port which, he says, has been turned from a "mud berth" into a viable operation.
To hear Capt. Frank Allen‘; http://www.rte.ie/radio1/seascapes/1088726.html

Captain Frank Allen (Chief Executive of the Port Company and also Harbour Master of Dundalk Port. Captain Allen also operates a dredging company it seems.) Captain Frank is an enterprising fellow and seems to be behind the company which sought to resurrect the Cork Swansea ferry line in 2009 by chartering the MV Julia from her scandinavian routes under the shipping line name Fastnet Line; http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ideygbeyau/ No political affiliation evident.

There seems to have been a dramatic change in boardroom composition between 2009 and the present day with at least four directors being replaced.

Sean Gallagher (Chairman) is a speaker and entrepreneur who is best known as an investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den. He is founder and former CEO of Ireland's largest home technology company, Smarthomes. As an entrepreneur Sean understands the challenges of setting up and growing a successful business in Ireland.He is a Board member of InterTradeIreland the North South Trade body and was recently appointed to the Board of FAS, the National Training and Employment agency. He was appointed as Chairman to Drogheda Port Company in 2010. Sean was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006. Today he supports and mentors many emerging entrepreneurs and small business start ups. Sean is a regular contributor in the media and at seminars and conferences on success, business and entrepreneurship

(Company Secretary) Paul Fleming, Mornington Co: Meath. Paul Fleming was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Drogheda Port Company in 2001 and is ex officio director. Prior to his appointment as CEO he held the position of Financial and Commercial Manager. Paul previously worked in the private sector for swedish company Thorsman in the plastic injection moulding industry. He is also a director of Fast Terminals (Ireland) Limited and Bremore Ireland Port Limited. No political affiliation evident

(Director) Nicola Mary Binns, a UK national residing in Drogheda. ‘Nino’ has a PhD in nutrition from the University of London and for 8 years was a visiting Professor in nutrition at the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health, University of Ulster at Coleraine in Northern Ireland. A British national, she has lived in Drogheda since 2005 and has a great interest in the town, its history and its development. No political affiliation evident

(Director) Michael Coyle, Drogheda Michael Coyle was appointed as director in 2002. Michael has worked in logistics for over 30 years as part of the Irish Rail Group during which he operated extensively in Drogheda Port. Michael is also currently Chairman of the Irish prisons visiting committee and a Peace Commissioner appointed by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. Fianna Fail candidate Drogheda East in 1999 (unsuccessful).

(Director) David Pryor, Drogheda David Pryor was appointed as a director with Drogheda Port Company Ltd in April 2002. He has a business and consulting background having worked in the areas of market research, marketing, business planning, project management and strategic planning. He is a former CEO and Company Secretary with Drogheda Chamber of Commerce. He was also Member of Chambers of Commerce of Ireland (CCI) Transport Policy Committee. David worked as a Strategy Development Officer with Fingal Development Board. David is an active member and participant on the Development, Pension and Audit Sub Committees in Drogheda Port Company since 2003. He is also involved in policy submission preparatory work on behalf of the Board. No political affiliation evident

(Director) William Lennon, Drogheda William Lennon was appointed to the current Board of the company in April 2002 and has been Director/Commissioner on all previous Boards since 1983. He is formerly Managing Director of Patrick Monahan (Drogheda) Limited, a major shipping and stevedoring company in the Port and holds directorship in an associated company. He is a current council member of the Irish Ship's Agent Association of which he was also a past President. William is a member of the development and pension sub-committees of the Drogheda Port Company. No political affiliation evident

(Director) Jimmy Cudden, Duleek Jimmy Cudden was re-appointed to the Drogheda Port Company in 2002 as the Meath County Council representative and serves as an elected public representative in Meath. Jimmy has been an elected member of Meath County Council for the past 24 years and as a Director\Commissioner to Drogheda Port Company for 17 years. Independent Meath County Councillor.

(Director) Gail McEvoy, Drogheda, Gail is the owner of McEvoy & Associates, a Drogheda based firm of Accountants and Business Advisors. She is also the Managing Director of The Tax Clinic Limited, which has been providing tax advice since 1987 and continues to provide tax related services in Drogheda for both the self employed and PAYE earner. She is currently the Vice President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. Local lady Treasurer of the Rotary Club and Facebook page states her likes as ‘David Norris for President’ so she’s not a stick in the mud. Networker and not averse to a bit of mischief and a sense of humour as well; ‘I bet I can find 900 people who think Drogheda is better than Dundalk’. No political affiliation evident

Shareholders in the company include civil servants on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Department of Transport plus two of the above named directors at least according to the FOI documentation returned to Gavin Sheridan. http://thestory.ie/2010/07/19/dundalk-port-company/

Bear in mind that Deputy Fergus O’Dowd is a Fine Gael TD for Louth and was able to give us as fine an example of cross-table parish pump licking as I’ve ever seen when one considers he was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Transport Committee discussion on Dundalk Port Company (17 June 2009). The Committee meetings begins with a reminder by the Chairman;

“I draw the witnesses’ attention to the fact that members of the committee have absolute privilege but this does not apply to witnesses appearing before the committee. Members are reminded of the parliamentary practice that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable.”

Extract: “Chairman: Was it a new dredger?

Mr. Frank Allen: No. It was 40 years old at that time. It is 45 years old now. It passed a Department of the marine docking survey last year. We are very impressed with the condition of the dredger.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: What is it called?

Mr. Frank Allen: It is called the Hebble Sand. It is an old British dredger that traded out of the Humber for many years. It was owned by the Associated British Ports, which built four dredgers in years gone by so that the ports could do their own maintenance. The Hebble Sand was built in Lowestoft in 1963. The quality of the vessel, after 43 years, is amazing. The members of the committee are welcome to come and have a look at it if they are passing by.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: I will.

Mr. Frank Allen: It is worth looking at.

Chairman: I suggest that Deputy O’Dowd can go.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: We can bring the Chairman and leave him out in the sea.

Chairman: I will not go up there. The Deputy can have his photograph taken beside the dredger.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: We will leave the Chairman on the slob lands.”

Well worth reading through this committee exchange. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/TRJ/2009/06/17/00003.asp

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-04-2011, 03:15 PM
Dun Laoghaire Port Authority

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is a state commercial company charged with the responsibility for the maintenance and development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour. It's corporate objectives are: To enhance Dún Laoghaire's attractiveness as a gateway for tourists to Ireland by offering state of the art berthing and terminal facilities to ferry operators at Dún Laoghaire Harbour To maintain and enhance the recreational and amenity value of the Harbour in the interest of all of its stakeholders To promote investment in the Harbour To generate sufficient cash flow from commercial operations to provide for the long term maintenance of the Harbour and meet the dividend targets of the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources.

Mr. Sean Costello (Chairman) fees €22,389 No political affiliation evident

Mr. Gerry Dunne (Chief Executive) Salary €122, 891 fees €10,096, in 2009. Mr Dunne comes with a strong marketing and business development background, and has held managing director and board positions in Ireland and the UK with Nutricia, Monaghan Mushrooms, RTE (Managing Director Commercial Enterprises up to 2001) and Broadworks Communications. No political affiliation. http://www.dlharbour.ie/content/newsletters/2009/spring/

Ms. Betty Coffey Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in fees 2009. Fianna Fail local councillor for Dun Laoghaire Rathdowne in 1999.

Labour Cllr. Carrie Smyth Director Elected by DLRCC €13,060 in fees 2009.

Mr. Don McManus Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060. Owner of a jewellery business in Dun Laoghaire and Chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association. No political affiliation evident.

Ms. Eithne Scott-Lennon Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060. Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon of Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel in County Dublin and the hotelier family who run the Fitzpatrick branded hotel chains. No political affiliation evident.

Mr. Gerry Nagle Director Appointed by Minister €€13,060 in 2009. Gerry is a PR man who worked for Corporate Communications which ran Royston Brady’s EURO MP challenge in 2004. http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/a-little-divine-inspiration-for-lord-mayor-480649.html

Labour Cllr. Jane Dillon-Byrne Director Elected by DLRCC, €13,060 in 2009

Mr. Patrick Cowhey Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in 2009. No political affiliation evident.

Mr. Seighin Lennon Director Elected by workforce Dec 2007 €13,060 in 2009 fees, €585 expenses. No political affiliation evident.

Mr. Victor Boyhan Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in 2009, €110 expenses. Independent Councillor in Dun Laoghaire. When Victor stood for election Paul McGrath the Rep of Ireland legend who had been in care with Victor campaigned for him.

http://www.dlharbour.ie/content/company/overview.php
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2009-12-08.1375.0

Excellent website for this Harbour Company by the way with nice touches such as updated weather conditions and very clear communications all round. Accounts are clean and tidy and open and Dun Laoghaire seems to have had some good work done by this Committee in recent years to add to the attractiveness of the harbour itself. A code of conduct for members of the Harbour Board is available on the site and there is a cross-section of sectors of the community represented and even a Director elected by the staff. Interesting stuff. http://www.dlharbour.ie/

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

From the website of the North-South Ministerial Council http://www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org/index/north-south-implementation-bodies/foyle_carlingford-and-irish-lights.htm

The Council meets in the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Sector in order to take decisions on policies and action to be implemented by the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC).

The Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission consists of two Agencies, the Loughs Agency and the Lights Agency. The Loughs Agency has responsibility for the promotion and development of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough for commercial and recreational purposes in respect of marine, fishery and aquaculture matters. It was intended that the Lights Agency, when established, would replace the Commissioners of Irish Lights as the General Lighthouse Authority for Ireland. However, given the complexities that have arisen in terms of pursuing such a transfer of functions, the matter is under review at present. Republic of Ireland input to the FLCILC comes under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and National Resources. The Loughs Agency is funded on a 50:50 basis by the Departments are the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the North and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the South.

The Loughs Agency

Tarlach O Crosain (Chair) Former member of Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission. No information to hand. Almost nothing available except with reference to the FCILC and Lough Agency business as far back as 2002.

Jacqui McConville (Vice-Chair) Director of Drogheda Port Company and former Fianna Fail county councillor in Drogheda East Ward who lost her seat in 2009.

Derick Anderson (Chief Executive) Likelihood of confusion here with different spelling of forenames on websites but as far as I can see this Mr Anderson was a long time member of the original Foyle Fisheries Commission back into the 1990’s which predated the FCILC and of course the Loughs agency.

Enda Bonner I believe this is the former Glenties Fianna Fail Councillor and onetime Senator from Donegal South-West. Cousin of former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper ‘Packie’ Bonner.

Brendan Byrne Fianna Fail Councillor and former Mayor of Donegal who faced calls from a Labour Councillor to step down from the 8,000euro position as Board Member of the Loughs Agency due to his poor attendance record at Loughs Agency meetings.
‘Cllr Byrne has said five of the 13 meetings he did not attend were meetings of the finance committee which he has resigned from. He also said he missed meetings that clashed with county council meetings and meetings that were held in the run-in to the local elections.
“I have attended 97 per cent of council meetings and 90 per cent of VEC meetings in the last calendar year. I am a very good attended of meetings but unfortunately where two meetings clash I can’t attend both. I have also missed meetings of Icban, through not fault of my own but because I am sitting in Lifford. Since I became mayor I have chaired 31 meetings of the council in some shape or other and I can only be in one place at a time." http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/local/mayor_rejects_call_to_resign_from_board_over_poor_ attendance_1_2002550
One wonders why he continues to accept 8,000euros a year when he knows he won’t be able to be in two places at one time.

John Byrne Don’t know much about this chap except a few links to someone who may be a otolaryngologist (yes, one of them) in Northern Ireland and member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club. Could be the same chap but happy to amend if anyone knows any different.

Denis Haughey Possibly the SDLP founder member and Northern Ireland MLA but cannot be 100% sure.

Alan McCulla Highly likely to be the Alan McCulla who is Chief Executive of the Anglo Northern Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation I would suggest.

Joe Miller DUP Alderman on Derry City Council.

John Mulcahy Quite possibly the John Mulcahy who bought Ashford Castle in 1980 and sold it five years later to a group of American investors but am happy to be corrected if in error. ‘In 1970, Ashford Castle was bought by John Mulcahy, who oversaw its complete restoration and expansion, doubling its size with the addition of a new wing in the early 1970s, building a golf course and developing the grounds and gardens.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_Castle

Winston Patterson Also a Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland. Seems to be very active in promoting community cross-community relations among young people in Northern Ireland.

Thomas Sloan Believe this may be a local businessman with an interest in the retail food trade but no other info available.

Jim Wilson Think this may be the UUP General Secretary from the Northern Ireland Assembly but could be confusion with another Jim Wilson I admit.

C. Flower
19-04-2011, 11:36 AM
Pity that nothing much seems to have happened with the Loughs Agency - although perhaps that means duplication.

The loughs are generally one of the cross border things that make sense to co-ordinate over, because of shared fishing, pollution and tourism issues.


Tarlach O Crosain (Chair) Former member of Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission. No information to hand. Almost nothing available except with reference to the FCILC and Lough Agency business as far back as 2002.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-04-2011, 11:48 AM
I think the Loughs agency remit was extended and they seem to get on with issues as important as the ones you mention- my only cavil with the agency really is this chap who seems to want to pick up 8,000 euros a year fees when he clearly has clashing commitments which has affected his attendance record quite severely. I didn't particularly appreciate his response either 'I can't be in two places at once' which means to my mind he should be making a choice and doesn't entitle him to pick up 8,000 euros a year out of diary sympathy.

As you say though this Agency makes sense when looking at the position of the Loughs and policies required to protect the area as an asset. Its a big fishing draw so brings in much needed tourism money both sides of the border.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-04-2011, 02:09 PM
Galway Harbour Company (Corporate motto “Inspiration from the past, innovation in the present, a legacy for the future”)

‘The Galway Harbour Company operates and manages the Port of Galway. Galway Harbor has been important to sea-going trades and inland Ireland for centuries. Located in the city center, the Port of Galway is a long-standing and important part of the community.
Over the past decade, cargo traffic has increased significantly. In 1995, 243 vessels carried over 456 thousand tons of cargo through the Port of Galway. In 2007, 426 vessels carried 945.2 thousand tons of cargo. Commodities handled at the Port of Galway include steel, machinery, coal, scrap metal, and baled timber. The Port of Galway also supports the shipment of liquid, dry, and break bulk cargoes and oil.
The Port of Galway has pipelines to handle refined petroleum and bitumen, which amount to 90% of the port’s throughput. Oil tankers discharge their cargo at Folan Quay to oil storage tanks through underground pipelines. The storage facilities can hold 35 thousand cubic meters. A new 42-thousand-ton-capacity storage tank farm was opened in 2008. Cargo vessels discharge bitumen at the Dun Aengus North Quay, and Cold Chon Ltd. handles more than 70 thousand tons of bitumen each year through the bitumen membrane plant at the Harbour Enterprise Park.’ http://www.worldportsource.com/ports/IRL_Port_of_Galway_3206.php

Captain Brian Sheridan (Harbour Master); Son of former Harbourmaster Frank Sheridan http://www.galwayindependent.com/profiles/profiles/paul-carey-%11-chairman-of-galway-harbour-board/

Paul Carey (Chairman); "I learned to sail with Frank [Captain Frank Sheridan]. We would sail out to Aran or up to Inisbofin. Through Pat, I got involved with the Galway Lifeboat. I was PRO from 1996. I loved every minute of it. The work that is put in by the volunteers and fundraisers is truly inspirational and I am just sorry that I cannot commit as much time as I used to." Paul is also inshore spokesman for Galway Lifeboat. No political affiliation evident.

Éamon Bradshaw (Chief Executive Officer) Retired Bank of Ireland branch Manager in Galway. Former Chairman of the Irish Ports Association. Oversaw preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race and associated development requirements for the harbour. No political affiliation evident.

Mairead Cosgrave (Director) Mairead is President of Network Galway, and is also involved in the Galway Chamber of Commerce. She runs a PR business called Ashling Communications. Mentioned in 2008 media reports as a possible Fianna Fail candidate in the city.

‘Ashling Communications specialise in the following areas of PR:
• Establishing media relations
• Corporate PR
• Consumer PR
• Crisis Management
• Lobbying Local and National Government http://www.ashlingcommunications.com/public_relations.asp

Tom McElwain (Director) Local businessman (Ship Agents it appears) No political affiliations evident

John McNamara (Director) There is a local Building Company by the name of John McNamara but cannot be certain if it is the same chap who is Director at the Harbour Company. No political affiliations.

Bobby Molloy (Director); Former Progressive Democrat Minister who resigned after it transpired phone calls had been made from his office to a judge in a rape case before the courts involving a constituent.
‘Mr Molloy, whose party is the junior partner in the government coalition with Fianna Fail, had received support from Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and the Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney on Tuesday.’

And;

‘Mr [Michael] Noonan was also critical of Mr Ahern and Ms Harney for their initial defence of Mr Molloy. "It is appalling that the Taoiseach went to the defence of Mr Molloy. I do not know the kind of moral compass the Taoiseach has when he is dealing with these events but he always goes into defensive mode," he said. Brendan Howlin, justice spokesman for the second largest opposition party, Labour, added: "The reaction of the Taoiseach and Tanaiste last night was quite extraordinary. "The fact that they pledged support and outlined that this was not a resigning matter was extraordinary " http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1920586.stm

Marie Clery (Director) no information to hand

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-04-2011, 08:31 AM
Just before I resume with my coastal quango patrol I noticed one nice story there as I was digging around the Galway Harbour Company.

That was the retirement of a lady called Anne McElroy who retired in 2007 having commenced her working life for the Harbour Board there at the age of 16 in 1965. Her father was a Galway fisherman and although Anne took the civil service exams and as she explains herself;
"Just before I got the job, I sat the Civil Service exams and got sixth in the country. My father was a worrier though, and he didn't want me to go to Dublin. Being the oldest of a family of eight, I had a lot of responsibility and, although we weren't poor, I certainly had to bring in the money."

Having spent 42 years working for the Harbour Board she was elected by the workforce there to be the workforce Director for her last year and remarked; "It didn't change things greatly, I just wasn't the main note-taker at the meetings any more. When you're the employee representative, nothing is new to you; you've seen all the documents and the minutes, because you're the one typing them!"

A good story there in the Galway Advertiser and there is a picture too which only goes to confirm that the ladies in Galway are indeed easy on the eye. http://www.galwayindependent.com/making-waves/making-waves/me-and-the-sea-%11-anne-mcelroy,-former-director,-galway-harbour-company/

Best wishes to Anne McElroy in her retirement and a nice touch from the staff at Galway Harbour Company for electing her workforce Director for her last year there.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-04-2011, 10:58 AM
Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

Kinsale is a traditional commercial port with a long history. It has a splendid, virtually land locked natural harbour on the estuary of the Bandon River, 11 nautical miles South West of Cork harbour entrance about eight kilometres north-northeast of the Old Head of Kinsale. Both the outer and inner harbours cover approximately five square kilometres, providing good shelter and anchorage.

As a commercial port, Kinsale caters for approximately 100 vessels per year. The majority of commercial shipping in involved in the importation of bulk animal foods. We are also engaged in the exportation of timber to the U.K. As a pleasure port, Kinsale boasts two fully serviced Marinas and is also home to a thriving fishing fleet. http://www.irelandwide.com/port/kharbour/index.htm

Harbour Master Capt. P. Devitt (former Merchant Navy Captain)

Billy Lynch (Chairman appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004 see notes below) Elected according to Elections Ireland as a FG Councillor in 1999 and 2004 but apparently now billed as ‘Non-Party’ Councillor.

Charles Henderson (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Independent Town Councillor 1999 and re-elected 2004.

Fine Gael Town Councillor Kevin Murphy from Bandon who stood unsuccessfully in the General Election in February. (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004, reappointed by himself July 2009*)

Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Coleman from Bandon (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004 reappointed by himself July 2009 )

Eamon O’Neill (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) There is an ‘Eamonn O’Neill’ who is an auctioneer in Kinsale but I cannot confirm as yet whether this is the same chap. No political affiliation evident.

Frank Kiernan (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Suspect this is Frank Kiernan of Kiernan Steel in Watergrasslands, Kinsale. Also a Shipbroker in Kinsale I suspect from various mentions in Chartered Shipbroker directories. No political affiliation evident.

John Twomey (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Believe John is former Chairman of Harbour Board Commissioners and may be the John C Twomey who carries on an accountancy practice in the town. No political affiliation evident.

Courtney Good (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Mention of various business interests in and around Kinsale but no political affiliation evident.

Fianna Fail Councillor Michael T Frawley (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Heritage Fianna Failer no fully 23 years old: ‘An avid supporter of the Fianna Fáil party from a very young age attending the Ard Fheis since he was ten years old.’ http://www.fiannafail.ie/people/michael-t.-frawley/ Amazed he was able to travel all the way from Kinsale to Dublin for an Ard Fheis at the age of 10;)

Labour Party Councillor Tony Cierans (see notes below)

I believe three Commissioners were appointed/reappointed (two of them by themselves- see Notes below) so there may be a Commissioner here who has stepped down and been replaced in 2009 but no information to hand and there is no section on the Port of Kinsale website which gives details.


Notes

Here’s a nice bit of democracy in action (from the minutes of a Cork County Council meeting 13th July 2009. The minutes of the meeting can be seen by using ‘appointed 2009 kinsale harbour commission’ as a search term via Google.

‘(d) Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

*Councillor K. Murphy proposed the following:-

Councillor Kevin Murphy

Councillor A. Coleman proposed the following:-

Councillor A. Coleman

The Mayor declared the following to be appointed Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

Councillors K. Murphy and A. Coleman

Well done lads. Ye are a credit to Demos.

And;

‘The election pact between Fianna Fail, Labour and Mr. Billy Lynch also saw Mr. Micheal Frawley elected as Deputy Mayor of the Town Council.The Fianna Fail Councillor, who was returned on an increased vote in the recent election, will be hopeful to take the ‘top job’ as Mayor during the lifetime of the Council and follow in the footsteps of his father, Mr. Micheal Frawley snr. In addition to the decision of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Councillors were also elected to a number of key positions. Mr. Billy Lynch and Mr. Tony Cierans were elected to be the local authority’s appointees on the Harbour Board’ http://www.kinsalenews.com/news.asp?offset=10

Captain Con O'Sullivan
26-04-2011, 10:56 AM
New Ross Port Company

Harbour Master Captain Luke Foley (as recently as 2008 although any update on whether Capt. Foley is still HM at New Ross would be appreciated)

Mark Minihan (Chairman, Fees 2009 €3,825) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. Mark is a member of the New Ross Chamber of Commerce for over forty years and is an active member of the local community being also a member of a local school board. He was appointed first ‘lay’ Chairman of the CNBS National School in New Ross. Also Captains the Galley Restaurant which cruises from New Ross North Quay along scenic routes on the three rivers to Inistioge, towards St. Mullins or downriver depending on tides. Looks like a nice day out this time of year it has to be said. Nice local business and Mark is a fellow that obviously puts a lot into the community so on the basis that one honest turns deserves another here’s a link to the Galley Restaurant cruise; http://www.rivercruises.ie/cruise.htm (No political affiliation evident)

Joan Murphy (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey . Joan was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Kilkenny elected in 2009 but stood as an Independent in 2004 and 2009 unsuccessfully.

Tom Clarkin (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. I suspect this the Tom Clarkin who is PRO for the Michael O’Hanrahan Fianna Fail Cumann New Ross. Past Captain of New Ross Golf Club. http://www.munster-express.ie/community-notes/newross/new-ross-24/

Rosie Kehoe (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. No political affiliation evident.

Martin Murphy (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. I suspect this is Fianna Fail Councillor Martin Murphy from Corderraun New Ross.

Cllr and former Fianna Fail TD Sean Connick Appointed by Noel Dempsey in 2004. Lost his seat in the February General Election.

(Fine Gael) Cllr Larry O’Brien Appointed by Noel Dempsey in 2004. Councillor for New Ross. It appears from a number of Port Companies and Harbour Boards that there is a requirement for two of the directors of Port Companies and Harbour Boards to be local area representatives. An issue which begs a question here; are Councillors appointed under this requirement also paid the Port Company fee on top of normal Council expenses?

disability student
27-04-2011, 03:42 PM
Sean Konnick ex FF TD ... ???

I say it's a Sean Connick from Wexford... a TD with a disability ie wheelchair.

Or it's another TD with similar sounding name???

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-04-2011, 03:53 PM
You are right- my typo there DS .. I think he was one of the Senate nominees as well but I don't think he made the cut if what I'm hearing is right..? I'll amend the typo now

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-04-2011, 03:54 PM
I'll put up Port of Waterford this evening and then close off the Port Companies/Harbour Boards on Friday. Better than the royal weeding anyday...

I was just thinking as CF said some moons ago I should take out the town councils and urban distric councils and do a count to see where we are. I've a feeling that there is a sector or two of quangos that aren't on my list but I've some free time coming up so will investigate that. The councils are elected or coopted positions so should be looked at in Dynasty politics thread;) I'd say rather than here.

I'll do a count and bring forward a new summary of the Quango Hammer this weekend and see where we are.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-04-2011, 07:28 PM
Port of Waterford Company

The Port of Waterford Company was originally known as the 'Commissioners for Improving the Port and Harbour of Waterford' and was established in 1816. Later this was shortened to Waterford Harbour Commissioners or known locally as the 'Harbour Board'. In 1998, the organisation was incorporated as the Port of Waterford Company, and operates in the commercial semi-state sector in Ireland. Since it's foundation, the organisation has played a vital role in the development of the city and the region. The company comprises of board of directors, management and staff, focused on delivering the needs of new and existing customers. in the 1990's, commercial shipping operations moved to Belview, some 5 miles downstream of Waterford City, and closer to the sea. Recent developments include a major infrastructure upgrade comprising of 190m quay extension in 2008. This will be followed up by further extension to be added incrementally when required.

Harbour Master Captain Darren Doyle (No political affiliation evident)

Chairman Michael Flynn I strongly suspect that this is former Progressive Democrat Councillor Michael Flynn who was elected to Tramore Town Council in 1999 and stood unsuccessfully for the PD’s in the 2002 General Election.

Chief Executive Officer Stan McIlvenny (OBE); I suspect this is the former CEO of Derry Port Authority. From an Independent article 22 April 2011 ‘In 2007, the Hay consultancy firm was commissioned by then Finance Minister Brian Cowen to compare the pay and bonuses of commercial semi-state bosses against comparable jobs in the private sector. The report was never published. However, the Government still decided to reward the executives with increased pay and bonuses. A new system emerged where 25pc of salary could be paid in bonuses one year, and another 10pc over three years -- exceeding the 25pc limit from a year before. For example, Waterford Port Company's Stan McIlvenny was paid a salary of €124,993 in 2010 and has accrued a bonus of €43,748. The Fianna Fail-Green Party coalition did not ultimately order a clampdown on executive bonuses in the commercial semi-states until last February. The Department of Finance then stated that the levels of bonus payments were "inappropriate in the light of the very serious state of the public finances". This came just a month before the Government was thrown out of office. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/semistate-pay-soared-as-economy-nosedived-2627455.html

Derek Donnelly Appointed by Dermot Ahern in 2004. Derek is past President Waterford Rotary Club. I believe this may be Derek Donnelly who was Passage East Car Ferry Managing Director, owned 70% by FBD Insurance and 30% by Mr Donnelly. The Report and Accounts declares Derek’s interest in PACFD. No political affiliation evident.

Maurice Lonergan Was pictured at the Waterford Fianna Fail conference in Sept 2010 but may have just been looking for directions… http://www.flickr.com/photos/munster-express/5017331570/. Although there is an article in the Munster Express showing a Maurice Lonergan elected as Vice Chair of Fianna Fail Waterford in 2005 http://www.waterford-news.ie/news/kfqlcwmhau/

Pat Heffernan I believe this may be an elected employee Board Member (compliments to Port of Waterford Company if that is so)

Patrick Murphy Not sure if this is Asst Harbour Master Captain Pat Murphy of Marino in Cork but because name is not an unusual one I’ll not speculate further. No political affiliation evident

Fiona Robbins Ormond There is a Fiona Ormond who is a consultant solicitor at MJ O’Connor who have offices in Wexford and Waterford. The lady specialises in Specialist in all aspects of Litigation Law, Family Law and Commercial Law including Commercial and Residential Property. Became a Consultant in 2009. I don’t know whether there is a connection here for sure but there was a Pat Ormond who stood for Fianna Fail in the 2009 General Election unsuccessfully in East Waterford- anyone in Waterford who can verify the connection?

Noreen McDonnell No political affiliation evident

Captain Con O'Sullivan
30-04-2011, 10:26 AM
Shannon Foynes Port Authority

‘Shannon Foynes Port Company, Ireland’s second largest port operation, has statutory jurisdiction over all marine activities on a 500 km2 area on the Shannon Estuary, stretching from Kerry/Loop Heads to Limerick City. The strategic location of our terminals offers access to the vibrant economy and population of a large part of Ireland. The company provides a variety of services, from controlling navigation and marine safety, to warehousing, logistics and cargo handling. We handle the largest vessels entering Irish waters, up to 200,000 dw.’ http://www.sfpc.ie/

Kay McGuinness (Chair, appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 13,067 euros per annum) ‘Kay has been immersed in politics all her life -she was reared in a Fianna Fail family with her father Lt Col Joe Dundon, officer in command at Sarsfield Barracks, and her mother Birdie (Cunnane) loyal party followers. Then she became a founder member and activist with the PDs - "I very much regret what has happened to the party and I think there's a gap there now in Irish politics for somebody who can move the agenda forward." http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/the_leader_interview_with_kay_mcguinness_and_dermo t_mullane_1_2186514

Kieran MacSweeney (former Chair, resigned 12 June 2008 fees 13,067 euros per annum) Former IBEC mid-west regional executive vice president/managing director of Cybex Ltd in Shannon. He was appointed by Michael ‘Shut up and give jesus all your money’ Woods. http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/1998/01/19/ihead.htm No mention of political affiliation but unikely to have been a socialist at any time. Almost uniquely seems to have appalled even Fianna Fail’s Frank Fahey.

MacSweeney appears to have presided over an interesting period in Shannon Foynes Company’s corporate history. A tale involving boat-hire, disgruntled Fianna Failers, hamfisted investigations, Monks being shown around the harbour and related plotlines at a cost of over 3,500 euros. Pure comedy involving a Garda saying ‘we had a look’… this one should be made into a film. Highly recommended reading: From the Sunday Times 13 December 2009 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6954483.ece

Patrick Keating (Chief Executive, appointed 18 March 2010 but has been an interim CEO for three years prior to that, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Patrick Keating in Shannon Foynes got a €10,575 bonus last year, bringing his salary package to €155,869. In 2009, he received a bonus of €20,253.’ http://www.mlaw.ie/newspaper-archive/10583

Michael Adams (appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident.

Suzanne Bugler, a practising solicitor (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident.

John Carr (appointed 25 Sept 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident. Wondering whether this is INTO General Secretary John Carr but cannot confirm at present so that is speculation.

John Dundon of Mullock & Sons Shipbrokers (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) Unfortunate to have to share a name with a notorious John Dundon currently serving a sentence for threatening a witness so with the prospect of an interesting mix-up will leave alone.

John Griffin (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) Former Fianna Fail Councillor.

Edmund Jennings (resigned 12 June 2008. Appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Local businessman, MD and owner of Cregg Mouldings. I believe this may be Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for Clare in the last General Election. http://www.clarechampion.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5448:leaving-the-civil-war-behind&catid=88:general-election-2011&Itemid=64

Patrick Keane (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fianna Fail County Councillor

Rita McInerney (resigned 12 June 2008. Appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Independent Candidate in 2009 Locals for Ennis West.

David Naughton (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fine Gael Councillor for Rathkeale.

Kieron O’Hanlon (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fianna Fail Councillor Limerick East.

Ger Reidy (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Believe this is local solicitor Gerard K Reidy from Wallace Reidy solrs Limerick.. No political affiliation evident.

Richard (‘Dick’) Sadlier (appointed 25 Sept 2009, fees 8,400 euros per annum)

Joe Treacy (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Former PD and Fianna Fail Councillor
Expenses and subsistence paid to members of the Board came to just over 12,000 euros in 2009. http://www.sfpc.ie/downloads/SFPC%202009%20Annual%20Report.pdf


Recent corporate governance issues: Some fairly eyebrow raising shenanigans at this Port Company in recent history by all (confidential) accounts.

Kildare Street record of Dail debate on issues at Shannon Foynes including an interesting exchange between Fergus O’Dowd (Louth Fine Gael) and then Minister Noel Dempsey on 10th February 2010. http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-02-10.383.0

‘Shannon Foynes port board accused of acting like a 'secret society' in its dealings’ (Saturday 30th April 2011 Limerick Leader) http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/shannon_foynes_port_board_accused_of_acting_like_a _secret_society_in_its_dealings_1_2191931
And:
‘Management at Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) had hoped it had moved on from a past of legal settlements and inquiries into land and tendering deals, but instead the semi-state company finds itself at the centre of fresh allegations made to the Garda fraud unit in Limerick.

The state’s second largest port was embroiled in disputes over property transactions and corporate governance two years ago, and almost €5millionwas accrued in legal bills as a result of High Court actions. They included settlements for a former chief executive, a non executive director, and several other employees who left the company. As a result, SFPC made a loss in 2007.

An internal review by Deloitte auditors commissioned by the board in 2007 - which has never been published, but has been seen by The Sunday Business Post - found numerous breaches of legislation governing the sale of state lands and tendering of services. No further action was taken on the report’s findings.’ (Sunday Business Post ‘Fraud Unit Probes Fresh Shannon Foynes Allegations’ http://www.thepost.ie/story/text/eyaugbeykf/ )

Dr. FIVE
03-05-2011, 01:37 PM
All stateboard positions will be advertised on the relevant dept's website.
Only people with suitable qualifications will be appointed

Chairpersons will go through a Oireachtas committee.


Enda in the dáil now.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-05-2011, 03:35 PM
Sligo Harbour Commissioners

Sligo is the only working harbour between Galway and Derry. Two working jetties (Deepwater and Barytes) handle cargoes of coal, timber, fish meal and scrap. The Deepwater Jetty is 77m long and the Barytes Jetty 55m. Ships of 3,500 tonnes, can be accommodated. The maximum draught for vessels is 5.2m, maximum length 110m with bow thrusters and 100m without bow thruster. Work is currently underway on the installation of a floating pontoon at the Timber Jetty. This will allow leisure craft to berth within easy reach of the city and enable local operators to run sight-seeing and fishing trips around Sligo Bay and Innis Murray, which will enhance the tourism potential of Sligo.
http://www.sligococo.ie/Services/SligoHarbour/

As of 13th June 2006 the operations of Sligo Harbour previously carried out by Sligo Harbour Commissioners were transferred to Sligo County Council. http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2006/en/si/0316.html

Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners

It appears that the operations previously the responsibility of the Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners were transferred to Shannon Foynes Port Company under the Harbours Amendment Act 2009.

Wexford Harbour Commissioners

Wexford Harbour Commissioners was abolished as a statutory body in 2009 and its responsibilities transferred to Wexford County Council.


Westport Harbour Commissioners

Westport Harbour Commissioners was abolished as a statutory body in 2009 and its responsibilities transferred to Mayo County Council.


Wicklow Port Company

Wicklow Port is a seaside tidal port at the mouth of the Leitrim River approximately 35 miles south of Dublin. There are two piers, (East & West) which protect the entrance to the port. Entry to the port is 365 days per year day and night.

Cargo operations are carried out at the packet pier and river berths, (North & South Quays) which are well protected from all weather elements.

Wicklow Port specialises in handling bundled timber, paper, lead, plasterboard, steel and dry bulk cargoes, principally coal. Other general and heavy lift cargoes can be accommodated.

Harbour Master Captain John Barlow

Fachtna Whittle (Director) Fianna Fail Councillor and Solicitor; ‘SOME Adoption Board members attended just a fraction of board meetings between 2005 and 2009, a period in which the organisation was embroiled in high-profile scandals.
Figures released to the Irish Examiner show two appointees to the previous board with links to Fianna Fáil, Fachtna Whittle and Tony Lynam-Loane, attended the least number of board meetings in the five-year period.

Two other members of the eight member board, Dr Valerie O’Brien and Orlaith Traynor, attended fewer than 65% of the meetings held in this time.

Out of 207 meetings held by the board between 2005 and 2009, Mr Whittle attended 70, or just 33% of all meetings. Mr Whittle’s lowest level of attendance came in 2005 when he was present at just seven of the 45 meetings held by the board that year, and in 2006 when he attended six out of the 41 meetings held that year. He claimed no expenses during this period.

Mr Whittle is principal solicitor with Haughton McCarroll solicitors and is a former Fianna Fáil councillor on Wicklow County Council and running mate of Fianna Fáil Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche.

Mr Whittle previously featured in an RTÉ Prime Time planning exposé. In 2005, Wicklow County Council’s ethics committee found he had acted unwisely but not in breach of the ethics legislation. However, this decision was challenged in the High Court by the Green Party’s Deirdre de Búrca.’ http://www.adoptionrightsalliance.com/EX_aboard_0111.htm
Charles Byrne (Director) There is a Charlie Brown who was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Naas but I am not sure if this is the same fellow so cannot say for sure.

Roy Conway (Director) Managing Director RF Conway Shipping in Wicklow. No political affiliation evident but on Roy’s LinkedIn profile he does have political form although it does not mention with which party. ‘Also experienced in local government matters having served on local authority for a period of ten years and holding office of vice Chairman and Chairman.’ http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/roy-conway/10/4b9/2b5

Christopher Dunne (Director) No political affiliation evident. Local boat owner.

Stephen Kearon (Director) A real beauty this one. IT boy for a local company (sorry, ‘IT Director’ who is a FF PRO in Wicklow and announced to a breathless world on foot of the publication of the Moriarty Report that ‘Enda Kenny should resign’. I know Fianna Fail don’t generally do embarrassment but this guy is in fairness pretty embarrassing. He might want to revisit his LinkedIn Profile as well as it claims he was a ‘Special Advisor at Dick Roche’. Which I’m not sure is wise, legal, profitable or even socially prudent. http://ie.linkedin.com/in/skearon

Kenneth Lauder (Director) Wicklow Tidy Towns Committee Chairman. No political affiliation evident.

Brendan Newsome (Director) Managing Director Wire Ropes Ltd. Represented IBEC on a National Economic and Social Forum consultation. Past President of Wicklow & District Chamber of Commerce ,and former president County Wicklow Region, Federated Union Of Employers. Busy in the Lisbon referendae around Wicklow for a ‘yes’ vote and attended a number of Fine Gael organised pro-referendum meetings although no immediate political affiliation evident.

Ray Tumulty (Director) Former Defence Forces Captain. No immediate political affiliation evident.

Declarations of interest from 2009 report and accounts (thanks to Gavin Sheridan at The Story http://thestory.ie/2010/07/19/wicklow-port-company-accounts/ )

Director Roy Conway is also a director of R.F. Conway & Co. which is the port's main customer. The company received €110,134 in fees (2008- €138,718) from R.F.Conway & Co.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-05-2011, 03:38 PM
All stateboard positions will be advertised on the relevant dept's website.
Only people with suitable qualifications will be appointed

Chairpersons will go through a Oireachtas committee.


Enda in the dáil now.

Thanks FIVE ... I was hoping that Kenny and Fine Gael would stick to their guns on this as it was in their manifesto. At least if everything is done officially in public and subject to an Oireachtas Committee there is some route for holding parties to account in public for crony appointments.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:17 AM
Updating the Quango Hammer summary;

(1) I have stripped out the Town Councils as they are not quangos- can seem like it at time I know but I don't think they meet the criteria because they do not have boards appointed by Ministers. Added in here are Port Companies and Prison Visiting Committees.

(2) I'm coming to the stage where I'm thinking of the figure of 800 quangos in the long-ago OP and realising that the list here is some way short of that. If anyone can think of an area or raft of quangos not appearing here could they shout? I'm wondering for example whether in that strange area of Irish governance between Limited Company, Charity status and quango whether there is something obvious I am missing...

(3) If anyone has any particular preference for an area they think there may have been a lot of crony appointments I'm open to suggestions where to examine next..

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:18 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Aa to Af

Advisory Board for Irish Aid Was subsumed into the Dept of Foreign Affairs in Dec 2008.

Advisory Committee for Human Medicine Set up under the Medicines Board Act 1995 the ACHM advises the Irish Medical Board on cases where there has been an appeal against a ruling on a human medicine and its placement in the market by the IMB. The current Advisory Board is made up of suitably qualified personnel (appointed by the Minister for Health and Children); The Clinical Trials Committee is a sub-committee of the ACHM. The Advisory Committee meets six times per annum. Members of the Committee receive an allowance for expenses.
Prof. Brendan Buckley (Chairman)
Dr. Paul Browne
Dr. Kevin Connolly
Dr. Desmond Corrigan
Prof. Mary Horgan
Prof. David Kerins
Ms. Marita Kinsella
Prof. Patrick Murray
Mr. Ronan Quirke
Dr. Patrick Sullivan
Mr. Peter Weedle

Advisory Council for English Language Schools As of January 2010, ACELS is now part of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

Advisory Committee for Medical Devices The committee comprises of 12 independent experts who have been appointed by the Minister for Health & Children for a five year term. Members of the Committee are entitled to an allowance for expenses.

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation Following the withdrawal of SIPTU representation on this Advisory Council the Council was dissolved in January 2011 and its primary function taken over by the National Transport Authority under the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009. The Taxi Regulation Directorate of the National Transport Authority is now responsible for the exercise of the functions set out in the Taxi Regulation Act 2003. The Advisory Council is now known as the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles. http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/public_transport/regulation_of_taxis_and_small_public_service_vehic les.html

Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation The Advisory Science Council is composed of representatives of academia, enterprise / professional sector and a representative from Forfás. Other relevant Government Departments may also be invited to attend as observers. Funding for the operation of the Advisory Council which has no staff of its own is provided by Forfas, the national policy and advisory board for science, technology and innovation. Forfas also provides secretariat and other support services to the Council. http://cordis.europa.eu/erawatch/index.cfm?fuseaction=org.document&uuid=847BE607-E74D-75B8-1C73F2AF90A3A1B9
Chairman Dr Tom McCarthy
Head of Secretariat; John Dooley is Head of Science, Technology and Basic Research Policy, Forfás.
Dr. Sean Baker, Executive Director, IONA Technologies Plc
Bernadette Butler, Managing Director, Good 4U Food and Drink Co. Ltd
Prof. Dolores Cahill, Professor of Translational Science, Conway Institute, University College Dublin
Martin D. Shanahan, Chief Executive, Forfás
Prof. Anita R. Maguire, Prof. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, NUI Cork
Paul McCambridge, Managing Director VP EMEA, Xilinx Ireland
John McGowan, Managing Director, Michael McNamara & Co
Prof. Brian MacCraith, President - Dublin City University
Marion Coy, President Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Prof. Roger Whatmore Chief Executive Officer, Tyndall National Insitute

Affordable Homes Partnership
Des Geraghty (Chairperson) 12,441.89
Mary Lambkin 3,068.53
Mary Higgins 3,068.53
Maureen Lynott Nil
Mary Mooney 1,150.28
Dublin City Manager* The appointees marked * are ex-officio and do not receive payment in respect of their Board membership
Fingal County Manager*
South Dublin County Manager*
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Manager*
CEO of Partnership*

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:19 AM
An Bord Pleanála
Former Fianna Fail TD Brian Swift (Waterford) 1987-1989, solicitor, in second term as appointee which is due to finish December 2011. 2009 Annual Report does not give salary level for members of the Board but it is a salaried position and the Chairman earns between 220,000 and 240,000 which is tied to Judges' pay so you might take a ballpark guess for Board Members. The Members pay seems to be tied to senior PS rates but cannot confirm for sure at the moment.
John O’Connor (Chairperson) No fees payable. The chairperson and members are paid salaries as they are executive board members.
Brendan Aherne (Temporary Appointment)
Margaret Byrne
Lewis Clohessy
Derek Maynard
Ken Mawhinney (Temporary Appointment)
Michael Ward (Temporary Appointment)
Rosalind Nixon
Brian Hunt (Deputy Chairperson)
Michael Wall
Ann Quinn (Deputy Chairman)
Donough Murphy
Angela Tunney
Mary Bryan
Berna Grist
Brian Swift (Please see note above)
Jane Doyle
Karl Kent
Tom O’Connor (Temporary Appointment)

An Bord Uchtala (Adoption Authority of Ireland) An Bord Uchtala was dissolved and the Adoption Authority of Ireland constituted by the Adoption Bill 2009.
Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon is a solicitor and senior lecturer in family and child law at the Law Society of Ireland. In June 2006, he was appointed by the Government to the independent position of Special Rapporteur for Child Protection. Geoffrey has been selected by the European Expert Organising Committee as the Irish expert member of the Commission on European Family Law. In September 2007, he was appointed by the Government as Chairman of the Adoption Board. Geoffrey’s many publications include Divorce: Law and Practice (Thomson Round Hall, 2008). He is the editor of the Irish Journal of Family Law and has written extensively on family and child law issues.
‘Any adoption agency which engages in illegal practices should be de-registered and if necessary the case referred to An Garda Síochána, the chairman of the Adoption Board has said. The case of Thessa Reeves, whose son was illegaly adopted and falsely registered as the natural child of the adoptive parents. This was done by St Patricks Guild Adoption Agency which remains fully accredited by the Adoption Board despite knowing about Thessa Reeves case for 9 years
The boards chairman, Geoffrey Shannon, guaranteed that any case would be investigated and if necessary referred to the relevant authorities. He may even report the case to the Police. Nine years is a long time waiting for a child report that is classed as a priority. The Adoption Agency has the power to de-register adoption agencies engaged in wrongdoing though they are waiting for even more powers to provide better answers.
St. Patrick's Guild, a Catholic run agency, was involved in the secret export of 572 children to the US for adoption from the 1940's to the 1970's, which was more than any other adoption agency.’ http://www.childaware.net/religious_abuse_18.html
‘Mr Shannon said he would recommend to the Adoption Board to de-register agencies engaged in wrongdoing. "We will do what we can do within the powers laid down in the Adoption Acts. We will have much greater enhanced powers under the forthcoming adoption legislation and hopefully we will be in a better position to provide answers. "The board has at its disposal the power to de-register an adoption society... it would be my recommendation to the board where wrongdoing has been found on the part of an adoption society, that the board... de-register the adoption society," he said. ‘
Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/adoption-agencies-to-be-struck-off-for-wrongdoing-120375.html#ixzz1GsHL2St1
The St Patrick’s Guild Adoption Agency is still listed on various websites as a ‘Registered Adoption Agency’ which of course it isn’t as it is now restricted to record tracing rather than adoptions.
(Recruitment of a CEO for the Adoption Authority of Ireland is in process at present.)
Dr. Helen Collins, (Solicitor) Deputy Chairperson A solicitor with 30 years experience as a practising solicitor, most recently as a partner with McCann Fitzgerald.
Ms. Ann McWilliams (SW/Research expertise) Social worker with research expertise in child welfare & child protection
Ms. Corinna Carrick (Solicitor)
Ms. Siobhan Keogh (SW/Experience in adoption practice) a Social worker with experience in adoption practice (previously a member of the Adoption Board)
Dr. Cyril McNulty (GP)
Dr. Helen Greally (Psychologist)

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta Identified in the June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report by Colm McCarthy as appropriate for closure under the public expenditure savings programme. Mary Coughlan however appears to have nominated an entirely new board for this quango in October 2010 so it looks like McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' has been ignored here also.

An Coimisiun Logainmneacha This is a website operation rather than a quango. Run by DCU for the Dept of Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs it was set up as a project to give official versions of placenames in Irish.

An Daingean Education Support Centre This isn't a quango but comes under expenditure for the Dept of Education I believe. Doesn't appear to have a seperate secretariat or website.

Animal Remedies Consultative Committee I believe this may be a sub-committee of the Irish Medicines Board. Doesn't appear to be a separate qango with secretariat and budget.

An Post National Lottery Company The Executive

Donal Connell, Chief Executive*. Mr. Connell was appointed as Chief Executive on 14 August 2006. He began his career in the Department of Post and Telegraphs and has held senior manager positions in Unitrode Ireland, 3Com Ireland and Maxtor Ireland where he was General Manager prior to joining An Post. He is a non-executive director of Xilinx Corporation European Board and of Postbank Ireland Limited.

John Fitzgerald F.C.C.A*. (Chairman) Appointed 1 March, 2008, Mr. Fitzgerald has spent most of his career working in local government, serving in several senior positions, including that of Dublin City Manager from 1996 until 2006. He chaired the steering group which prepared and monitored the Strategic Planning Guidelines for the greater Dublin area. Currently, he is chairman of the Grangegorman Development Agency and of the two Regeneration Agencies set up in Limerick following his report to Government on problems of social exclusion in that city.
Our friend John here is the same chap who is a Trustee of ‘Common Purpose’ Ireland which is basically a club for people who like to think of themselves as an ‘elite’ group of trained leaders. Common Purpose is headquartered in the UK ad run by a lady called Julia Middleton with close contact with Francis Maude of the Conservative Party. Common Purpose are giving cause for concern in some quarters of the UK for their modus operandi which is to teach people like John ‘Leadership Beyond Authority’ skills while charging employers anywhere between £3000 to £9000 for their network expansion (thinly disguised as HR training courses).

John Daly, Retail Operations Director, Mr. Daly joined An Post in December 1988 having worked previously as a management accountant in FÁS. He is a director of The Prize Bond Company Limited. . Cannot verify this 100% at the moment. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1258.0

Peter Gallagher, Director of Strategy & Business Excellence, Mr Gallagher joined An Post in April 2007 as Head of Strategy and Business Excellence. Prior to joining An Post, he had been a Partner in PA Consulting Group’s Global Business Transformation Practice.

Pat Knight, Human Resources Director, Mr. Knight joined An Post in March 2004 as Human Resources Director. Previously, he had been General Manager Human Resources at Waterford Crystal. Previous experience also includes work as a Personnel Officer with Bord na Móna plc.

Brian McCormick, Services Director, Mr. McCormick joined An Post in May 2002 as Strategy Director and was appointed to his current position of Services Director in October 2003. Prior experience includes CRH plc and Merrion Corporate Finance where he was a Director.

Peter Quinn, Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Quinn joined An Post in August 2004 having previously worked and held senior financial and strategic positions in PJ Carroll and Company plc and Monaghan Mushrooms Limited. Earlier in his career, he trained as a chartered accountant and worked in practice with KPMG. He is a director of Postbank Ireland Limited.

Liam Sheehan Sales and Marketing Director, Mr. Sheehan joined An Post in 2000 as General Manager Sales & Marketing and he was appointed as Sales & Marketing Director in October 2006. He is a director of the Irish Direct Marketing Association.

Michael Tyndall, Company Secretary Mr. Tyndall joined An Post in January 1989 as Head of Financial Accounting and he was appointed as Company Secretary in April 1998.

Barney Whelan, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Whelan joined An Post in January 2005. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He was appointed to his current position in October 2006.

The Board

Mr Patrick Compton member of the National Executive of the Communications Workers Union, a member of Arigna Leader Board and Roscommon County Development Board. He is a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited.

Mr Jerry Condon commenced work in 1971 with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and has worked as a Post Office Clerk for his entire career. Member of Union National Executive.

Anne Connolly*, Appointed on 23 November, 2007 Ms. Connolly is currently working as Director of the Ageing Well Network. She is also a director of Anne Connolly Consulting Limited, a strategic management consultancy company. Prior to forming this company, she worked as strategy manager with Kingspan plc and, before that, at senior management level in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has previously been on the boards of ICC Bank plc and APSO and she was chairperson of the Federation of Simon Communities in Ireland.

Ciara Hurley*, Appointed 3 April, 2006 Ms. Hurley is a Vice President at Quilter, which is part of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She has over 20 years' experience as an investment manager working with high net worth individuals and families. She previously worked with Goodbody Stockbrokers as a Senior Portfolio Manager and with Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited as Investment Director. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

James Hyland*, Appointed 11 December, 2003 Mr. Hyland, a chartered accountant, is former Deputy Chief Executive of Golden Vale Group and was Group Chief Executive of Youghal Carpets plc. He is Managing Director of James Hyland & Company, Forensic Accountants, and a partner of Hyland Johnson Murray, Chartered Accountants. He is chairman or director of several companies including An Post National Lottery Company.

John Quinlivan*, Appointed 24 June, 2008; second term Mr. Quinlivan has had a lengthy career in local government, serving in senior positions in nine counties, including fifteen years as Louth County Manager. He served for five years as a member of the National Roads Authority and he also served as a member of the Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Government Computer Services Board and An Comhairle.

Alan Sloane Postmaster Director Appointed 1 January, 2007; third term. Mr. Sloane has worked in the family grocery and post office business since 1976.

Catherine Woods Director – Appointed 4 February, 2008 Ms Woods has spent most of her career in London, concentrating on the financial sector. She has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions and stockbroking from her seventeen years with JP Morgan as a Vice President. Her mandates included the recapitalisation of Lloyds’ of London Insurance market and the re-privatisation of Scandinavian banks. Since her return to Ireland, she has served on the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel from 2004 to 2007, opining on appeals against decisions made by ComReg. At An Post, she was Finance Expert on the adjudication panel established by the Irish Government to oversee the rollout of the National Broadband scheme. According to Business Week she is also a non-executive director of Allied Irish Bank. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=41952053&ticker=ALBK:ID&previousCapId=324875&previousTitle=ALLIED%20IRISH%20BANKS-SPONS%20ADR
*On the Business Week/Bloomberg biographies for each of these executives there is a link under their names which reads 'Return to St. Vincent's Healthcare Group Ltd' . (which is a private hospital owning and management company). Oddly enough when you click on that link you are taken to the business profile for St Vincent’s Group HealthCare. St Vincent’s Group Healthcare has apparently either failed or declined to supply a list of Key Executives to Business Week/Bloomberg which is never a good sign.
St Vincent’s Group HealthCare took over St Lukes at some point in the not-too distant past and had to close it I believe. Bad atmosphere? Interestingly St Vincent’s private hospital in Dublin their annual report mention a tie-in across some sub-board level with the Mater Hospital. Both hospitals are majority share-owned by Catholic religious orders.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:23 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos An to Az

Aquaculture Licenses Appeal Board

Chairman Mr Mark O’Connell (barrister)

Mr Mario J Minehane, Deputy Chairman

Mr Sean Murphy (Possible same Sean Murphy as MD of Trouw fishfood suppliers?)

Mr Lorcán O Cinnéide (CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Association)

Ms Karin Dubsky (Marine Ecologist and former Director of Coastwatch)

Mr Michael Sweeney

Secretary Ms Ann Marie Mahon

‘STATE BOARD MEMBERS PAID IN FULL DESPITE HEARING JUST ONE APPEAL SINCE 2008

Members of a State Board dealing with appeals on aquaculture licences have been receiving remuneration for their work, despite hearing just one appeal since 2008. The Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board heard no appeals in 2009 or to date in 2010. Despite this the board were paid cumulative fees of €42,373 in 2008, €47,328 in 2009 and €23,332 to date in 2010. The total for the three years is €113,033. The figures were revealed in responses to two Parliamentary Questions by Lucinda Creighton TD[/B].
According to its website the function of the Board, which comes under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources on aquaculture licence applications.
Commenting on the figures Deputy Creighton said: “Here we have another example of the Government’s total disregard for the use of tax-payers money. Despite not hearing any appeals this year or last, and just one appeal the previous year, the nine members continued to be paid.”
“In response to my parliamentary question Minister Smith gave the feeble excuse that the reason for the number of appeals before the board falling to its current level is that it has not proven possible to make determinations on many applications following a European Court of Justice Judgement. That may be the reason for the low number of appeals, but there is no excuse for continuing to pay the members of a board that has been rendered almost useless.”
“If this cavalier attitude to value for money, which has characterised this Government, allows over €113,000 to be wasted paying board members for nothing, then I dread to think of the waste of money that is still occurring across all Departments.” http://www.lucindacreighton.ie/2010/11/08/state-board-members-paid-in-full-despite-hearing-just-one-appeal-since-2008/ The ALAB website only contains annual reports up to 2005 and none thereafter.

Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee

(Chair) Rita Hayes. Rita is a former Progressive Democrat local election candidate (and constituency colleague of Mary Harney’s) and was appointed to the National Treatment Purchase Fund Board- by Mary Harney. Rita earns annual fees of €7,695 per annum for that gig. Ms Hayes was appointed to the Arbour Hill Prison Visiting Committee in 2002 by Michael McDowell.

The Phoenix twigged that Prison Visiting Committees were rife with crony appointees when it noticed that John O’Donoghue was appointing people from all over the country to the Prison Visiting Committee- some having to make a 400 mile round trip. This meant of course that (at the time) the members of the committee were earning 60p a mile mileage allowance. No controls of course on whether there was any of the usual car-sharing arrangements favoured by this kind of quangocrat. A comment from Gavin’s Blog; http://www.gavinsblog.com/2009/08/27/john-odonoghues-pvc-appointments/
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-stuffing-quangos-with-cronies-during-its-last-days-in-office-2498058.html
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0
As Michael McDowell himself explained in responding to a written question concerning the method of selection of members of state boards in 2002; ‘There are no specific criteria used in selecting individuals for appointment to Prison Visiting Committees. The composition of each committee is drawn from as wide a spectrum as possible to ensure that the needs of prisoners are understood and met. This is the long standing practice used by successive Ministers in appointing members to the Prisons Visiting Committees.’ http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0555/D.0555.200210170130.html

(Vice-Chair) Angela O’Connor appointed September 2005 by Michael McDowell. Re-appointed by Dermot Ahern 07 April 2009 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

Ita Greene appointed 17 February 2003 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0 Ita was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail GE 1997 candidate in Dublin North Central.

Eithne Killeen appointed 20 September 2002 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

Martina Coombes was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail candidate in Swords in the 1999 and 2004 local elections.

Wilhelmina Daly appointed 20 September 2005 by Michael McDowell. No idea who this lady is except that her facebook page lists Rita Hayes (see Chair above) as a friend. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0

James O’Hanrahan appointed 20 September 2005 by Michael McDowell. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1264.0 There was
a James O’Hanrahan who fought the Dublin North Central constituency for the Progressive Democrats. I’m sure I’ll hear about it if this is a different James O’Hanrahan.

Philip Cantwell Trying to confirm whether this is the same Phil Cantwell that was an Independent candidate in Trim in successive local elections up to 2011.

Cathal Finnucane Nothing I can find about this chap other than he was appointed in April 2008 by Dermot Ahern

Charles O’Connor Cannot confirm but there was a Charlie O’Connor who was a Fianna Fail TD for Dublin South West up to last month.

Arklow Harbour Authority, Board of

(Fine Gael) Cllr Sylvester Bourke (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Doran (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

(Independent) Cllr Peter Dempsey (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Resigned early in 2011 it would appear over issues as outlined in the Irish Times article below.

(Fine Gael) Cllr Donal O’Sullivan (appointed 28 Sept 2004)

Mr James Tyrell (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Director of local company Arklow Shipping Ltd.

Mr Austin Gaffney (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Local whelk fisherman

Ms Ann Lee (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Not certain but Ms Lee may have connections with a well-known shipbuilders (Lee family) from the area. Any info gratefully received. No obvious political connection but indications of a cultural connection perhaps.

Cllr Mr Paddy Mordaunt (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Chairman as at 11 March 2011. Builder and Fianna Fail Director of Elections in Wicklow. http://www.allvoices.com/news/1493590-wicklow-people. Please see also ongoing issues on which Paddy ‘cannot comment for legal reasons’.

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Fitzgerald (appointed 28 Sept 2004) Chair of Shelton Abbey Prison Visiting Committee and Dick Roche’s running mate in the recent General Election.

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Pat Sweeney (appointed 28 Sept 2004)
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1098.0

Ongoing issues.

‘A HARBOUR authority in Co Wicklow was “mistakenly” imposing fees set without ministerial approval for 20 years, a report prepared for former minister for transport Noel Dempsey has found. Between 1987 and 2007, Arklow Harbour Commissioners did not apply for harbour rate orders, as required under the Harbours Act 1946. The due diligence report, seen by The Irish Times , was written for the Department of Transport as part of a process to transfer responsibility for the harbour to Wicklow County Council and after a complaint by a commercial company using the harbour, Island Shipping.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0311/1224291884440.html
Further quote
‘The report also examined concerns about “vested interests” on the board of the authority. It found the 1946 Act did not contain any provisions against membership of a harbour authority by “vested interests”. “The collegiate election system set out in the Act promotes membership of the authority by those with an interest in the port,” it said. A second legal case is expected to go ahead in the coming months initiated by boat owner Bruce Hoskin, whose €80,000 vessel was confiscated on foot of unpaid fees. He also disputed the fees imposed by the authority.
Former harbour commissioners board member Peter Dempsey, who resigned earlier this year, said the authority continued to pursue boat owners who had withheld fees up until last month.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0311/1224291884440.html
Second issue from 2004 involving Councillors and members of the Board of the Arklow Harbour Commission.
'What is even more intriguing is that the proposer of the motion, Cllr.. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, and its seconder, Cllr. Pat Doran (FF), both said they had no idea of the identity of the developer behind the scheme when they voted for it.
Cllr. O'Shaughnessy said he came across the submission in documentation about the new Wicklow Development Plan and, as a former resident of the Brittas Bay area, thought a new hotel and leisure complex 'a good idea'.
Cllr. Doran claimed to be equally ignorant of the developer's identity and said he was approached by fellow Fianna Fáil councillor Dr Bill O'Connell of Arklow about the proposal, which he enthusiastically welcomed.
Although they clearly never discuss his plans for Brittas Bay, builder Paddy Mordaunt -believed to be a keen Fianna Fáil supporter* - happens to sit beside Cllr. Doran at meetings of the Arklow Harbour Commissioners board, on which both men serve.’ http://www.brittasbay.org/news/Councillors%20have%20backed%20a%20plan%20to%20buil d%20a%20hotel.html
* Paddy Mordaunt, Builder, FF Councillor and FF Director of Elections Wicklow

Army Pensions Board

Arts Council, The

Athlone Education Support Centre Frank Walsh (Director) No obvious political affiliation. There is a John Walsh who is Town Clerke in Athlone- anyone from that area know whether they are related? It is not an unusual name so they may well not be related. Athlone is O'Rourke country so the question is worth asking...

Athlone Institute of Technology Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Fergal Lynam (Athlone Institute of Technology) on the 18th January 2011. Fergal is Managing Director of IO Systems, Athlone and nominee to the County Westmeath Vocational Educational Committee (IoT Acts 1992 - 2006).

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:27 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ba to Bo

Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commissioners

Labour Cllr Tadhg O’Donovan (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey)

Fianna Fail Cllr Joe Carroll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) (Chair) who may now no longer be a member of the Harbour Commissioners following a defeat in the local elections in 2009. Looks like his photo here was taken just after the first count as well… http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?id=116

Labour Cllr Brendan Leahy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey )

Fine Gael Cllr Brendan McCarthy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey )

Mr Michael Harte (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) Former Fianna Fail candidate for Skibbereen in 1999 (unsuccessful)

Mr Vincent O’Driscoll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey ) (Have to declare a possible interest here as I feel this may be Vince O’Driscoll who operates a ferryboat out of Baltimore. I’ve met the chap and enjoyed a conversation or two but not so much as to know of any party affiliations. I have no other connection and his name is not coming up with any connection via ElectionsIreland.org. Phew.) He’s the right fellow to be a Harbour Commissioner there as at least he earns a living on Roaringwater Bay and does it in tourist-friendly fashion too so all to the good.

Mr Danny O’Driscoll (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) No info available and there are plenty of the O’Driscoll clan down around Baltimore and Skibbereen so will not take any chances on possible mixups.

Mr Dermot Sheehy (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) No info to hand.

Mr Kieron Cotter (appointed 29 April 2004 by Noel Dempsey) . This may be a misspelling of the name of the Coxswain of the Baltimore allweather lifeboat the ‘Hilda Jarret’ I’ve a suspicion and I can find no political connections for the Coxswain. Again like Vince O’Driscoll if it’s the same Cotter he ’ll at least know what he is about on the subject of Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Commission work.

Bantry Bay Harbour Authority
Note: It appears that under the Harbours Amendment Act (2009) certain harbour bodies including the Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners were dissolved by authority of the Act and by order of the relevant Minister (Pat Carey) with responsibility transferred to other bodies such as Port of Cork Authority in the case of this former quango. There does appear to be a wrinkle. From a report written by consultants for the Port of Cork Authority presumably in response to the Harbours Amendment Act 2009 it appears the decision did not go down too well in Bantry.

‘Suggested merger of Port of Cork Company and Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners'

The consultants recommend that the Ports of Cork and Bantry should be merged on management, environmental and safety grounds. While we are happy to consider such a merger we have been informed by Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners of their opposition and unwillingness to pursue the matter.’ Report undated unfortunately but assume sometime in 2009. http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/8409-6.pdf
‘On Monday, Senator Denis O'Donovan notified his party whip that he would be voting against the proposed Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2008 when it came before
the Seanad on Thursday – a move that would have placed him outside of the parliamentary party.
However, on Wednesday morning, the Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey, capitulated by proposing two amendments to the Bill that will go 95% towards
meeting the demands of Senator O'Donovan and Bantry Harbour Board.’
http://www.emara.org/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2448
In response to a written question Transport Minister Noel Dempsey confirmed he had made three appointments to the Bantry Bay Harbour Commission in 2009 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-18.488.0
Otherwise there is a list of appointments made by Noel Dempsey in 2004 in a statement in response to a question on departmental appointments in 2006 and for the lack of any other information have to assume that these appointees are still in place. Happy to amend if anyone has any more up-to-date info.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-02.1098.0
The only person I can say with some certainty is a member of the Bantry Harbour Authority is Captain Alec O’Donovan who is I believe the Harbour Master and submitted a notification to Oifiguil on behalf of the Authority in July 2006. No political affiliation apparent. http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/archive/2006/july/2006%2007%2021%20IO%20Issue.PDF

Mr Michael Henebry (Chairman) No political affiliation evident

Mr John O’Riordan May be a local businessman as there is a furniture business run by a gentleman of that name in Bantry. No political affiliation evident

(Fine Gael) Cllr Eugene Cronin (may have been replaced in 2009)*

(Fianna Fail) Cllr Patrick Kelly (may have been replaced in 2009)*

(Fine Gael) *Cllr Mary Hegarty (proposed and appointed by Cork County Council in 2009)

(Fianna Fail) *Cllr PG Murphy (proposed and appointed by Cork County Council in 2009) www.corkcoco.ie/co/pdf/573626554.doc

Mr John O’Shea There is a Fine Gael Councillor of that name in Bantry but unclear if this is the same gentleman.

Mr Donal Casey a Fianna Fail Councillor co-opted in 2003 to replace Denis O’Donovan who was called to the subsidised bar at the Senate the same year. Elected in 2004.

Mr Aiden McCarthy A Fianna Fail Town Councillor elected in 2004

Mrs Kathleen Tessyman Fianna Fail candidate for Bantry Town Council in 2004 (unsuccessful)

Ms Letty Baker Co-opted as a Fianna Fail replacement for a Sean Baker and subsequently elected under her own steam to the Town Council in 2004.

Mr Mario Minehane No political affiliation evident. Minehane is also a member of the Aquaculture License Appeals Board.

Mr Tim Minehane No information on party affiliation

Beaumont Hospital Board

Blanchardstown IT

Blackrock Education Support Centre

Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital

Board of the Commissioners for Charitable Donations

Board of Trinity College (Unremunerated) Jackie Gallagher, former advisor to ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern appointed to this Board by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan for a period of 5 years from September 2010. On the Trinity College Board sits also Irish Human Rights Commssioner Olive Braiden who was herself a Fianna Fail candidate as long ago as 1995.

Board for the Employment of the Blind

Bord Altranais

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:28 AM
Quangos Bo to Bz


Bord Bia

Chairman Dan Browne is a Director of Dawn Meats (Grannagh Ltd) and a former Chairman of Teagasc between 1993 and 1998. Dan was appointed by then Minister for Agriculture in May 2008 having already been a member of the Board. Dan was paid 22,300euros in fees during 2009.
Chief Executive Aidan Cotter has been CEO of Bord Bia since 2004, having previously been director of operations in the organisation and, before that, its European director, based in London and Dusseldorf. Aidan earned 172,000 euros inclusive of a benefit in kind (car) in 2009.
Marian Byrne was re-appointed to the Board in January 2009. Marian is Principal Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food. Marian doesn’t feature in the list of fees payable to Board Members presumably as her expenses are picked up by Department of Agriculture reporting.
Mr John Bryan President, Irish Farmers’ Association. Appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith in 2009.
Mr Jackie Cahill President, Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association. Appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2006.
Mr Ray Carolan Cattle Breeder, appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2005.
Dr Noel Cawley Chairman, Teagasc, appointed to the Board by then Minister for Agriculture in 2000.
Mr Vincent Cleary Managing Director, Glenisk Organic Ireland, appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008
Dr Paul Cusack Principal, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens was appointed by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008.
Mr Kieran Dunne L and K Dunne Nurseries was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh in 2004.
Mr Frank Hayes Director Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group Plc was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2007
Mr Joseph Hyland Managing Director, Irish Country Meats was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2008
Ms Katherine O’Leary Dairy Farmer, Home Economics Teacher and Columnist with the Irish Farmers Journal appointed to the Board by Minister for Agriculture Joe Walsh in 2004.
Mr Mel O’Rourke Managing Director, Sylvan Ireland was appointed by Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2006.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1847.0
This is the top level Board. There are four subsidiary Boards and a number of in-market chiefs abroad but I will stay with top level Boards for the moment but will watch for appointment cronyism as I go through the quangos in the Food and Agriculture Sector- Con
In January of 2009 the Independent reported from Freedom of Information requests that the Board of Bord Bia clocked up some serious airmiles;
‘In a breath-taking itinerary, more than 70 people employed by, or guests of the Irish food agency were flown to destinations as diverse as Nashville , Jakarta and Tokyo. The 202 global trips between June 2007 and June last year included 18 business class flights to long-haul destinations which cost €73,215.
Most of the travellers were senior executives at An Bord Bia, the state agency which develops markets for Irish food, drink and horticulture. Guests of the agency included two government ministers, two board members and two junior ministers. Guest speakers, journalists, food consultants, advisers, and civil servants from the Department of Agriculture and Food also travelled at taxpayers' expense
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan billed An Bord Bia for her accommodation costs when she flew to Italy as Agriculture Minister to launch an exhibition at an international trade show in May. Her expenses came to €438.50, but the cost of her flight was picked up by the department.
Trevor Sargent, the Food Minister, was in Milan in October promoting An Bord Bia's stand at the Salone de Gusto slow food fair. His flight costs were not available but the agency did pay his expenses, which came to a respectable €279 for accommodation.’ http://www.independent.ie/national-news/an-bord-bia-serves-up-a-8364136000-airfare-bill-1591614.html
Ireland exports some 8billion euros in agricultural products per annum. So one would expect a level of promotion in line with such a crucial sector of the economy. In 2009 Bord Bia’s balance sheet reveals that of the 34million euros it received from Oireachtas funding (ie taxpayers) it spent some 22million euros on marketing and promotions. http://www.bordbia.ie/aboutus/reports/Documents/Annual%20Report%202009.pdf
Times are harder now than in 2009 and it appears that there has been some savage costcutting so it should be expected that the 2010 Annual Report and Accounts will show a significant drop in marketing and promotion budgets. How do we know there has been downward pressure on marketing and promotion?
Ulick Burke TD had a complaint concerning a major food fair in Brussels in 2010;
‘At a recent food trade fair in Brussels, the 27 member states of the European Union had an opportunity to display the quality foods they produce. For some unknown reason, Bord Bia and the Irish embassy have refused to take responsibility for a problem that arose at the show and I was unable to obtain answers to questions this morning. The Irish stand, which was located between the French and Greek stands, both of which featured high quality products, was manned by two non-nationals and featured nothing more than an empty Murphy’s stout bottle and business cards for Irish pubs. Although Bord Bia has responsibility in this regard, it has stated it was unaware this event was taking place. Moreover, our embassy personnel there have commented that due to cutbacks at home, they were unable to either staff or stock the event. Had the opportunity been given to Irish food producers instead, they would have stocked all the stands in Brussels. I seek an explanation as to the reason such an promotional opportunity was missed because all Ministers, including the Taoiseach, have been talking about the promotion of Irish farm products and the quality that exists in this regard. However, the farming community has been let down by reneging on an opportunity that does not often present itself in such a fashion.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-10-28

Bord Gais

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Received just under 40million euros of Oireachtas grants in the last full reporting year (2009). Fees paid to Directors are as follows;
Ms. Rose Mc Hugh Chairperson 13,326 Travel expenses 2,395
Mr. Enda Bonner Director 8,566, Travel Expenses 5,329
Mr. Ivan Coulter Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 2,405
Mr. Robert Molloy Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 2,343
Mr. Michael Dempsey Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 1,977
Mr. Seamus Dooley Director 8,566 Travel Expenses 3,046
Ms Rose McHugh - Chair of the Board Ms. McHugh has been a Member of the BIM Board since September 2004 and was appointed Chairman in June 2006. Before joining SWS, Ms McHugh worked as a senior tax advisor with Ernst & Young. Ms. McHugh is Managing Director of Landsbanki’s Irish subsidiary Merrion Capital's Cork operation which was established in 2006 and provides a full range of wealth management and corporate finance advisory services in the Munster region. Previously she was Deputy CEO of the SWS Group and Managing Director of the Group's Corporate Services Division. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland Ms. McHugh also holds an MBA and an honours law degree from University College Cork.
‘A €280,000 office decentralisation contract was sourced from a company linked to a state board chairwoman, it has emerged. The building in Clonakilty was due to act as temporary accommodation for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) before a permanent headquarters was constructed in the town. It was sourced without being put out to tender by the OPW from SWS Property Services Group, owned by SWS group and whose deputy chief executive Rose McHugh was a board member of BIM at the time.’
Independent article Saturday March 15 2008’ http://www.independent.ie/national-news/8364280000-public-contract-not-put-out-to-tender-1318396.html
Rose is also a Member of the Board of Bord Na Mona.
Jason Whooley- Chief Executive of the Board - A native of Lisheen, Skibbereen, and a graduate of UCC (B. Comm. in Management and Marketing), Jason Whooley has been chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation for the past 11 years. In this capacity and in collaboration with other representative organisations, Jason played a leading role in representing the interests of Irish fishermen at national and European level. Mr. Whooley is also a noted sportsman, having played Gaelic football with Ilen Rovers for many years, winning a number of West Cork titles, as well as Cork county junior and intermediate championships with them. He played senior football with UCC and Carbery and won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Cork, also spending some time on the senior panel. http://www.southernstar.ie/article.php?id=73
Enda Bonner Mayor of Donegal County Council and a native of Dungloe, Enda was a Member of Seanad Eireann from 1997 to 2002 (appointed by Bertie Ahern) and was government spokesperson on Marine and Natural Resources in the Seanad and has been involved in the fishing industry for over 30 years through his work as an accountant. Date of Appointment: June 2007.

‘Mr Bonner, a former Donegal GAA star, was appointed by Agriculture Minister Brendan Smyth last June. He also served on the cross-border Loughs Agency where the quango vice president is former Drogheda Fianna Fail councillor Jacqui McConville. Clearly Fianna Fail is quite fishy, given the amount of party insiders who have served on various fishery boards. These include Leitrim councillor Mary Bohan, who sat on the Central fisheries board -- she was also appointed to the Health and Safety Authority last week.’ Independent 23 January 2011. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
Ivan S.Coulter Chief Executive of Sigmoid Parma Ltd. Appointed by then Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan in 2007 http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-02-03.1847.0. With extensive scientific, business and management experience from a number of companies, Ivan was the founder and managing director of Origin Seafood Ltd from 2004 - 2006. Date of Appointment: October 2007
Michael Dempsey Most recently a Senior Director of European Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb, Michael was twice elected president of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association. Date of Appointment: February 2008. Dempsey was appointed Chairman of FAS in January 2010 by Mary Coughlan as Minister for Trade and Enterprise.
Tomás Kavanagh was appointed by Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith in June 2010. He has worked in the arts for many years and is a former Town Councillor with considerable knowledge in the area of funding and grant aid, both National and European. Date of Appointment: June 2010. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.2322.0 I believe this is former Fianna Fail New Ross Town and Wexford County Councillor.
Mr. Páidi Ó Sé Ventry, Co. Kerry. Appointed after a couple of years perched on a chair at Failte Ireland (appointed then by John O’Donoghue) this former footballer, pub licensee and Fianna Fail supporter brings his immense knowledge of the issues affecting the fishing industry to Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Suspected of having once had cod n’chips in Ventry. Nephew, a teacher, is also on the Board of TG4 where his biography reads; ‘National School Teacher based in his native west Kerry Gaeltacht. Well known in GAA circles. Member of famous footballing family.’Grand so.

Bord na gCon

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge

Bord na Mona

Bord o Ulster-Scotch

Bord Scannan na hEireann (check for duplication)

BreastCheck The National Cancer Screening Service

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland This quango was identified by Colm McCarthy in his June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report as being a candidate for being folded into the remit of the Communications Regulator (presumably ComReg) but still appears from its website to be operating as an independent body.

Broadcasting Commission of Ireland

Broadcasting Complaints Commission

Building Regulations Advisory Board (Think this is an error- perhaps from the Northern Ireland Board of the same name. Such matters are handled inside the Dept of the Environment in the Republic I believe).

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:35 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ca to Cz

Carlow County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Carlow Education Support Centre

Carlow Vocational Education Committee

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Support Centre

Castlerea Prison Visiting Committee

Michael Nevin (Chair) is a former Fianna Fail councillor from Longford.
Luie Mc Entire is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Longford
Seamus Kilgannon is a former Fianna Fail Councillor from Sligo
Martin Leonard. Would this be the same Martin Leonard who as a Garda gave evidence to the Morris tribunal? If anyone knows or whether they can confirm I’d be grateful.
Paddy Greaney. The only P Greaney I can come up with is a former Independent candidate called Patrick Greaney who stood in Roscommon in the 80’s. Any info to the contrary on this and I'll happily amend.

Francis Fitzsimmons was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Cavan
Mary Darcy (no info)
Martin Daly (no info)
Seamus Kelly. No definite info but there is a Seamus Kelly listed as a local Fianna Fail activist in Roscommon. Do not know for sure if it’s the same chap. Happy to amend if anyone has any definite info that this Seamus is a different Seamus.
Looks like Prison Visiting Committees may turn out to be a productive little furrow for crony appointments.
As I understand it a Prison Visitor is obliged to visit the prison 'frequently' but no determination is available on what 'frequently' means here. Fees per diem for a visit were around 140 euros and there was a 60p mileage claim available which is significant in some of the appointments historically. The system has since been changed to introduce a 40euro ceiling I believe for mileage claims.

Cavan Vocational Education Committee

Cavan County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cavan Education Support Centre

Carlow IT

Censorship of Publications Board

Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland

Censorship of Films Appeal Board

Central Fisheries Board

Central Statistics Office

Chester Beatty Library

Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Service

Chief State Solicitor, Office of the

Children Acts Advisory Board

Circuit Court Rules Committee

Citizens Information Board

An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (any info on party political connections gratefully received)
Mr. Sean Ryan (current chairperson) Annual honorarium of €8,510
Cllr. Michael Abbey Nil
Mr. Robert Adams Nil
Cllr. Denis Burke Nil
Ms. Beatrice Doran Nil
Mr. John Fitzgerald Nil
Ms. Ruth Flanagan Nil
Mr. Richard Lennon Nil
Cllr. Cora Long Nil
Cllr. Luie McEntire Nil
Mr. Donal Ó Luanaigh (retired) Nil
Cllr. Laurence O’Neill Nil
Cllr. John Byrne Nil
Jo Corkery Nil
Mr. Noel Dillon Nil
Cllr. Maura Kilbride-Harkin Nil
Cllr. James Larkin (died 28/09/98 and replaced by Cllr. Dermot Ryan on 21/12/98) Nil
Cllr. Patrick Power (resigned June 99 and replaced by Cllr. Michael Leahy on 17/11/99) Nil
Sean Phillips Nil
Marie Reddan Nil
William G. Simpson (resigned October 2002) Nil

Civil Defence Board

Civil Service Arbitration Board

Civil Service Disciplinary Code Appeal Board

Clare County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Clare Education Support Centre

Clare Vocational Education Committee

Classification of Films Appeal Board

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee A per diem payment of €142.50 per visit / meeting and vouched travel expenses of up to €30 per visit / meeting is paid to members of Visiting Committees.

Michael Coyle (Chair) A Michael Coyle contested the 1999 local election for Fianna Fail in Drogheda.
Peggy Downey There is a Peggy Downey from Laytown Co Meath who is an area President for the Vincent de Paul Society and I assume this is the same lady.
Fintan Hudson There’s a chap of this name who was appointed by Dillie O’Wee to the Governing Council of the Red Cross in 2006.
Eddie Martin An Eddie Martin from Wicklow, (same as this Eddie) won a DVD player in the Fianna Fail Superdraw 2010- the same draw that saw a Mr Martin Mansergh of Tipperary win a digital camera. I’d give a lot to watch Mansergh fiddling with a digital camera. http://www.fiannafail.ie/content/pages/3862/
Christine Ryan No info
Mary O’Neill No info

COFORD

Coillte

Consumer Liaison Panel

Coimisiún Logainmneacha, An

Coiste an Asgard

Combat Poverty Agency

Comhairle na Nimheanna

Comhar Sustainable Development Council

Comhairle na Tuaithe

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Commission for Communications Regulation

Committee on Court Practice and Procedure

Commission for Energy Regulation

Committee for Performance Awards

Commission for Public Service Appointments, Office of the

Commission for Taxi Regulation

Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime

Commissioner of Valuation and Boundary Survey of Ireland, Office of the

Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests

Companies Registration Office Recommended for merger with the Registrar of Friendly Societies in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua'.

Company Law Review Group

Competition Authority

Competition Law Review Group

Comptroller and Auditor General, Office of

Connemara & Árann Education Support Centre

Consultative Council on Hepatitis C

Córas Iompair Eireann

Cork Airport Authority

Cork City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cork Education Support Centre

Cork IT

Cork North Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy
recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Cork Authority (Port of)
Brendan Keating (Chief Executive) Salary 183,158.00 per annum. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/port-firm-thumbs-nose-at-tds-pay-queries-2063632.html. Former Limerick City Manager with no political affiliation evident.
Captain Pat Farnan (Harbourmaster) No political affiliation evident.

Captain Paul O’Regan (Deputy Harbourmaster) No political affiliation evident.
Dermot O'Mahoney (Chair) (2009 fee 21,600 euros) No political affiliation evident.
Mr. Finbarr Buckley (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) No political affiliation evident.
(Fianna Fail) Cllr Alan Coleman (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros)
(Labour) Cllr John Kelleher
Dominic Daly (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) Local auctioneer, no political affiliation evident
David Doolan (Director) (14,000 fee per annum) Senior Berthing Master, no political affiliation evident
Pat Fenton (Director) (2009 fee 12,600 euros) There is a Pat Fenton who is Fianna Fail Chairman of Fianna Fail Fundraising Committee in Cork who donated 2,500euros to Noel Ahern TD http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/DonationsDisclosed/TDsSenatorsandMEPs/DonationsDisclosedbyTDsSenatorsandMEPsfor2007/File,8135,en.pdf
Cannot be sure this is the same Pat Fenton so will be happy to amend should anyone have any information concerning a possible mixup.
Paul Millard (Director) (14,000euro fee per annum) no political affiliation evident
Fees and 2009 Noel Dempsey appointments http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2009-12-08.1375.0
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-03-07.1298.0
Have to say that with the possible exception of one director who may or may not be the Chairman of Fianna Fail fundraising committee in Cork this quango seems to be remarkably clear of cronyism and controversy. Having turned over the usual rocks and taken a look at the former Limerick City Manager Brendan Keating as well due to the salary level involved I have to say this quango actually looks like value for money and pretty well constituted.
For a salary level which is toward the high end it would be unfair to criticise Keating as there can't be many who have eight years experience as CEO of a large port company like Cork which handles a lot of activity from passenger ferries to cargo ships, to recreational use to mussel beds and a fair size property portfolio with all the angst that comes with that sort of territory. Also uniquely qualified to consider a city's infrastructure requirement from his time as Limerick City Manager.
The website is good and informative, the annual reports are there and tidy, there is a good cross-section on the Board and no controversies I can find.
I'd be inclined to award a 'Jayney Mac 'quality mark if I had one in fairness.

Cork Prison Visiting Committee

This Prison Visiting Committee attracted the attention of Gavin from Gavins Blog who posted the following on 27th August 2009;
‘One example: JOD appointed FF Cllr Danny Harkin from Lifford in Donegal to the Cork PVC. Ah yes. The Phoenix continues: “This means that Cllr Harkin journeys around 600 miles each trip to Cork Prison and back, at least twelve times annually. This works out at £2,400 for the first 4,000 miles, £1,000 plus for the next 3,000 or so miles, £250 circa for subsistence and one £72 overnight stay, totalling around £3,700 per annum, or £300 a month tax free. Cork based PVC members would be entitled to a tiny fraction of this in expenses.”
But Cllr Harkin was not an anomaly. Donie Cassidy’s son Peter, from Castlepollard, was also appointed to the Cork PVC. John O’Neill from Newbridge was also on the Cork PVC, even though he would have been next to the Curragh Prison. He would travel 260 miles on the round trip to Cork, collecting nearly £200 each time for his troubles.’
And;
JOD made three appointments to the prison on Spike Island in Cork:
FF Cllr Tony Fox (Dublin)
Mary Green McGoldrick (Kilrush Co Clare)Seamus O’Connell (Waterford) http://www.gavinsblog.com/2009/08/27/john-odonoghues-pvc-appointments/
And from an April 2000 Independent article on the same subject; ‘And there is a kind of league table among visitors. In the year 2000, for example, 63 of our prison visitors claimed in excess of £3,000 in expenses, 24 claimed in excess of £4,000, eight claimed more than £5,000, and the three stars of the system, the Georgie Bests or Roy Keanes of visiting, claimed in excess of £6,000. The geography of their appointments is a public scandal. At least 100 of the Prison Visitors appointed under the Act are living in excess of 100 miles from the prison to which they are appointed. Of the 12 members of the Arbour Hill visiting committee, two only are from Dublin, Eithne Killeen and Eugene Rudden, and to their credit they carry out their work claiming no expenses at all. Of the rest two are from Kerry, two from Cork, two from Clare and Galway. And expenses amounting to almost £30,000 were claimed by the non-Dublin visitors. Of the 12 members of the Cork Prison visitors' committee, no less than five are sent down from Dublin at a cost of well over £10,000 in expenses for last year. For some reason one Dublin member manages to rake in £5,000 of this himself, leaving the other four claiming on average less than £2,000 each. In all, some £600,000 of public money is expended on this service, and in the view of this writer it includes a substantial degree of waste which should be looked into and clawed back.’ http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/is-the-prison-system-in-danger-of-falling-apart-350125.html
The rules on claiming expenses for criss-crossing the country have been changed but the appointment of party hacks goes on.

John Murphy (Chair) While there is a Fianna Fail Councillor called John Murphy who ran in the 2009 local elections it is not possible to tell whether this is the same John Murphy. Any info gratefully received.
Donie O’Keeffe No info
B Sweeney No info
Donal O’Shea No info- although I’m tempted to ask whether this Donal O’Shea is the same chap as the author of ’80 years of Fianna Fail’, a paperback history published in 2007?
James Lynch No info
Timothy O’Sullivan No info
Jimmy Breen Is this the same Jimmy Breen that was a Fianna Fail TD and then ran as an Independent in Clare in the 2007 election, I wonder? Cannot confirm for certain at the moment.
Michael Downey There was a Michael Downey who was a Fianna Fail candidate in Ballina in 2009 but we can’t be sure whether this is the same chap.
Terry Kelly No info
Nicholas Browne No info
Bart Twomey No info
Con McCarthy No info
It appears there was something of a clearout following some blatantly corrupt appointments by John O’Donoghue- he of ‘lets appoint my wife to a Board’ fame. Not much info available on the above appointees and I’d be grateful if anyone has any info to add.

Cork University Dental School and Hospital

Cork (City of) Vocational Education Committee

Cork (County of) Vocational Education Committee

Council of National Cultural Institutions

Courts Service

Crafts Council of Ireland

Crawford Gallery Cork

Credit Union Advisory Committee

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Culture Ireland

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:39 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Da to Do


Decentralisation Implementation Group Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan confirmed on 13 January 2011 in an answer to Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar that Ultan Herr was reappointed to the DIG extended until the end of 2011 or the completion of the 2011 Review of the Decentralisation Programme, whichever is the sooner. Mr Herr was paid fees of €855 for attendance at meetings in 2010. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/01/13/unrevised2.pdf (Page647). Ultan Herr is listed as a property consultant on the DIG website http://www.decentralisation.gov.ie/Documents/BD_The_DIG.html and appears to have been a Business Engineering Manager at Diageo at one point. The Herr family of Dundalk appear to have a yen for company directorships. http://www.solocheck.ie/IrishDirectorBySurname?id=8069

Dental Council

Dental Health Foundation

Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board(huh?) Sean Duignan (Chairman) €16,570.02 (Chairman’s per diem fees 2003-date) Political connections info welcome.

Development Education Advisory Committee

Digital Hub Development Agency Marked for merging into new superquango Enterprise Ireland by Colm McCarthy in his 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Dingle Harbour Commissoners (now defunct)
“Dingle fishery harbour centre has been the most recent addition to the fishery harbour centres covered under the 1968 Act, as amended. Prior to its designation as a fishery harbour centre, it had been under the control of the Dingle Harbour Commissioners. The harbour commissioners formally sought the designation of the harbour as a fishery harbour centre. In 2007, Mr. Noel Dempsey, the then Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, issued the Fishery Harbour Centre (An Daingean) Order 2007, which effectively gave fishery harbour centre status to Dingle, as set out in the Fishery Harbour Centres Act 1968, as amended.” 06 April 2011 Shane McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael) on behalf of Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. http://www.kildarestreet.com/debate/?id=2011-04-06.495.12
(Harbours designated as a fishery harbour centre are administered via a central fund for harbourmaster wages and so on and funded by a levy on fishing operations using the harbour. Levies are currently under review. Fishery harbour centres include Killybegs, Rossaveal, An Daingean, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth.)

Dion Advisory Committee (WTF?)

Disabled Drivers Medical Board Appeal

District Court Rules Committee

[B]Dochas Prison Visiting Committee
Eibhlin Byrne (Chairperson) Career Fianna Fail politican and former Mayor of Dublin.
Marian Quinlan (Deputy Chairperson) Stood for Fianna Fail in local elections in 2004 in Castleknock ward of Fingal County Council
Bosco O’Farrell ‘FINE Gael has called for an investigation into how a prominent Fianna Fail activist in Meath won a €400,000 contract for electronic voting equipment. Bosco O'Farrell, the chairman of the Fianna Fail constituency executive in the by-election county, won a contract to supply ancillary equipment for electronic voting in 2002. FG's finance spokesman Paul McGrath said last night that it struck him as "unusual but not surprising" that a prominent Fianna Failer had gained a major contract from the Department of the Environment. "This warrants a look at all the tenders that were submitted for this particular contract and it would be interesting to see whether the contract was awarded to the lowest tender." He said the Government had been shown repeatedly to have a total disregard to probity in relation to the spending of taxpayers' money. "The whole business of electronic voting machines and the contracts awarded for their storage is mind-boggling in terms of the amount of money being wasted. I will be seeking further details concerning all the tenders which were awarded for the provision of ancillary equipment for electronic voting machines, and I believe this particular situation in Meath deserves further investigation." ‘Probe sought on FF backer's e-vote deal’, Independent news article February 21st 2005 http://www.independent.ie/national-news/probe-sought-on-ff-backers-evote-deal-275085.html
Paul Connell No information other than there is an Independent Councillor on Longford County Council and rarely enough he’s not a former PD but appears to be a real Independent Councillor!
Michael Landy No information available at the moment
Margaret Richardson Fianna Fail Councillor Mulhuddart ward on Fingal County Council although I believe she may have stepped down fairly recently. . http://www.communityvoice.ie/pages/CV124/CV124n05.htm
Marie Murphy There’s a Fianna Fail Councillor of that name in South Tipp. I know that Fianna Fail Senator Marc McSharry is married to a Marie Murphy- trying to verify whether this lady is another Marie Murphy unrelated to the McSharry missus- any info gratefully received.
May not be the lady as of the two Marie Murphies listed on ElectionsIreland.org one is in Kanturk in Cork and the other in South Tipp so it may just be a coincidence as it is not an unusual name and McSharry lurks around Yeats Country in Sligo... anyone got a sniff on this one?
Jacqui Mc Conville Fianna Fail Councillor on Louth County Council for Drogheda East ward.

Donegal County Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Donegal Education Centre

Donegal Vocational Education Committee

Dormant Accounts Board Highlighted for closure as part of Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip
Nua' report of June 2009.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:43 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Dr to Du

Drogheda Borough Council

Drug Treatment Centre Board
Drumcondra Education Centre

Dublin Airport Authority Former Transport Minister Noel Dempsey appointed septuagenarian former Justice Minister Gerry Collins who retired from politics in 2004 to the Board of Dublin Airport Authority in 2009. He earned 2,400 euros from the appointment in 2009. Gerry Collins is perhaps best known now for his televised appeal to Albert Reynolds not to 'burst up government' by challenging Haughey for FF leadership some 20 years ago. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

Dublin City University

Dublin City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Dublin Dental Hospital Board

Dublin Docklands Development Authority (ho ho ho)

Dublin Docklands Development Council (ho ho ho)

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

[B]Dublin IT

Dublin Port Company
‘Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers. The company currently employs 144 staff.
Located in the heart of Dublin City, at the hub of the national road and rail network Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area.
Dublin Port handles almost 50% of the Republic’s trade, two thirds of all containerised trade and is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland, the others being Belfast and Cork. Base ports offer multi-modal services with connections to transhipment ports such as Rotterdam and are important strategic trading hubs.
Dublin Port also handles over 1.76 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling to the port.’ http://www.dublinport.ie/about-dublin-port/corporate-information/
Lucy McCaffrey (Chairperson) Lucy McCaffrey was appointed by then Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD as the new Chairperson on 26th January 2010 McCaffrey is the principal and founder of management consulting company Latitude. She has 25 years experience and previously worked with Synectics, an international innovation consultancy based in Boston. A graduate of UCD, her early career was in secondary teaching and public service management. McCaffrey has served as a member of the boards of The Project Arts Centre and Dublin Port Company. http://www.businessandleadership.com/appointments/398/
No political affiliation evident here although her company Latitude is mentioned in the Oireachtas record on a couple of occasions for facilitating meetings with members of the Oireachtas. Looking back on Lucy’s career with Synectics the ‘international innovation consultancy’ it appears that Lucy is one of those uber consultants into the dynamics of teamwork and so on. Synectics seems to be one of those American semi religious-in-approach-to-human-relations agencies that pull down serious payments from corporations and the Federal government who need an external consultant to run courses, advise on brand marketing and various other ways to disguise common sense that make the cynics among us die inside by degrees at innovation workshops. A professional’s professional in more polite corporate terms. Probably a very good public speaker. Here’s the Synectic website. For fun try to see how long it takes you going through their website to find out what they actually do; http://www.synecticsworld.com/
Eamonn O'Reilly (Chief Executive) Mr O'Reilly is the former chief executive of Dublin Port-based handling business, Portroe Stevedores, a position he held since 2005. He also held the role of group business development manager of Portroe’s parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time. Prior to joining the Doyle Shipping Group, he was business development manager for Securicor Ireland. No political affiliation evident.
Emer Finnan Emer has over 20 years experience in financial services. Prior to joining EBS Emer worked as a Director with NCB Corporate Finance with responsibility for financial services and advised on a large number of financial services transactions. Before that Emer worked with ABN AMRO and Citibank in Corporate Finance in London, again specialising in financial services transactions. Emer trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. She also spent a number of years on the Board of the RTÉ Authority. Rather suspiciously Emer is one of those ‘sign and leg it’ appointments made by Pat Carey with the engine running outside- he appointed her to the Board of Bus Atha Cliath in among a group of appointments which included a Fianna Fail organiser, a Fianna Fail former candidate and a former FF Senator/TD/Councillor between 22nd February and 8th March this year. Shane Ross had a waspish comment to make concerning Emer at EBS: “Last of Moran's cabal to seek re-election is Emer Finnan, loyal secretary of the EBS throughout Mark's toils. Emer is embedded in the EBS corporate culture of feeding the fatcats.” http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/shane-ross/ebs-cronies-confronted-1248552.html
Brian W. Kerr Not much available on Brian except that there is a Brian Kerr Shipping company listed on tke Tolka Road in Dublin and would assume that is the Brian on the board of Dublin Port Company and not the manager of the Faroe Islands national football team. No political affiliation evident.
Jerry Kiersey Also a member of the Interim Prison Board, Chairman of the Transport Umbrella Group and Green Tiger Express, a haulage firm based in Newcastle Co Dublin. There is a letter in the Independent from a Jerry Kiersey of Blessington Co Wicklow which I suspect from the content is this Jerry.
‘I AM a member of the Progressive Democrats and I was totally dismayed by the failure of the electorate to return Michael McDowell - to me, amongst the greatest Ministers of Justice this country has ever had.’ http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/mcdowell-prophet-in-his-own-country-691293.html
Pat Magner 'A FORMER Labour Party guru has landed a plum job in a semi-state company in return for helping Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to secure the support of the Greens after the General Election. Labour's former National Organiser Pat Magnier has joined the board of the Dublin Port Company where the Taoiseach's controversial close associate, Joe Burke, is chairman. Just before his appointment, Labour's only three-times appointed Senator played a key role for Mr Ahern as a go-between with the Green Party. Mr Magnier had private talks with the now leader of the Green Party, John Gormley, when difficulties arose in their negotiations with Fianna Fail. It has also emerged that Mr Ahern approached Mr Magnier before he spoke to Brendan Howlin TD about taking the job as Leas Ceann Comhairle in June. Giving the Leas Ceann Comhairle position to a member of the Labour Party was expected to cause resentment among Mr Howlin's colleagues in the Parliamentary Party. However, the Irish Independent has learned that Mr Magnier was able to assure the Taoiseach that Mr Howlin was amenable to the idea. Mr Magnier's wife, Anne Byrne, is Mr Howlin's parliamentary assistant.’
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/labour-guru-lands-top-job-for-helping-ff-entice-greens-1061691.html
Couldn’t let this one pass;
‘However, Mr Magnier and Mr Ahern have been friends for many years. The Taoiseach personally thanked him after a radio programme a few weeks ago when Mr Magnier challenged the quote that Mr Ahern is the "most devious and cunning of them all". Mr Magnier said that maybe Mr Ahern was the most talented of them all.’
John Moore There are a few links which indicate John may be a former (or still serving?) public servant in the Department of Finance. This board member managed to make a trip to the Maldives in September of last year to explain the benefits of Public and Private Partnership in Port Management. http://www.port.com.mv/medianews.aspx
Charles Rochfort An interesting name and one that may indicate a descendancy from the Rochforts of Kildare & Wexford who were substantial landowners in Ireland but cannot be sure. No political affiliations evident but some historically quite interesting links popping up on google .. one for the geneology fans possibly.
It appears that these positions are paid with 14,000 euros per annum on offer to Board Members. The Chief Executive is paid in excess of 220,000 euros. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/port-firm-thumbs-nose-at-tds-pay-queries-2063632.html

Dublin Transport Office

Dublin (City of) Vocational Education Committee

Dublin (County) of Vocational Education Committee

Dublin West Education Support Centre

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:46 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Du to Dz

Dundalk Port Company

The Port, situated almost exactly halfway between the cities of Belfast and Dublin enjoys major road connections to both cities via the N1 national primary road. This enables easy transportation of goods to both cities from Dundalk in about an hour. The port offers a range of services including general cargo handling, pilotage, customs, etc.
Dundalk Port Company appears to have had something of a perception problem when it comes to corporate governance in the recent past.
‘Chief Executives Defences(sic) Dundalk Port Company
Dundalk Port has been the subject of confrontation and controversy in recent times, between the port company and the Department of the Marine and now Transport, to which the ports were moved on January 1. An investigation has been carried out by the Departments into the port's financial. The Chief Executive of Dundalk Port Capt.Frank Allen, maintains that what the company did was for the best interests of the port which, he says, has been turned from a "mud berth" into a viable operation.
To hear Capt. Frank Allen‘; http://www.rte.ie/radio1/seascapes/1088726.html
Captain Frank Allen (Chief Executive of the Port Company and also Harbour Master of Dundalk Port. Captain Allen also operates a dredging company it seems.) Captain Frank is an enterprising fellow and seems to be behind the company which sought to resurrect the Cork Swansea ferry line in 2009 by chartering the MV Julia from her scandinavian routes under the shipping line name Fastnet Line; http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ideygbeyau/ No political affiliation evident.
There seems to have been a dramatic change in boardroom composition between 2009 and the present day with at least four directors being replaced.
Sean Gallagher (Chairman) is a speaker and entrepreneur who is best known as an investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den. He is founder and former CEO of Ireland's largest home technology company, Smarthomes. As an entrepreneur Sean understands the challenges of setting up and growing a successful business in Ireland.He is a Board member of InterTradeIreland the North South Trade body and was recently appointed to the Board of FAS, the National Training and Employment agency. He was appointed as Chairman to Drogheda Port Company in 2010. Sean was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006. Today he supports and mentors many emerging entrepreneurs and small business start ups. Sean is a regular contributor in the media and at seminars and conferences on success, business and entrepreneurship
(Company Secretary) Paul Fleming, Mornington Co: Meath. Paul Fleming was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Drogheda Port Company in 2001 and is ex officio director. Prior to his appointment as CEO he held the position of Financial and Commercial Manager. Paul previously worked in the private sector for swedish company Thorsman in the plastic injection moulding industry. He is also a director of Fast Terminals (Ireland) Limited and Bremore Ireland Port Limited. No political affiliation evident
(Director) Nicola Mary Binns, a UK national residing in Drogheda. ‘Nino’ has a PhD in nutrition from the University of London and for 8 years was a visiting Professor in nutrition at the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health, University of Ulster at Coleraine in Northern Ireland. A British national, she has lived in Drogheda since 2005 and has a great interest in the town, its history and its development. No political affiliation evident
(Director) Michael Coyle, Drogheda Michael Coyle was appointed as director in 2002. Michael has worked in logistics for over 30 years as part of the Irish Rail Group during which he operated extensively in Drogheda Port. Michael is also currently Chairman of the Irish prisons visiting committee and a Peace Commissioner appointed by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. Fianna Fail candidate Drogheda East in 1999 (unsuccessful).
(Director) David Pryor, Drogheda David Pryor was appointed as a director with

Drogheda Port Company Ltd in April 2002. He has a business and consulting background having worked in the areas of market research, marketing, business planning, project management and strategic planning. He is a former CEO and Company Secretary with

Drogheda Chamber of Commerce. He was also Member of Chambers of Commerce of Ireland (CCI) Transport Policy Committee. David worked as a Strategy Development Officer with Fingal Development Board. David is an active member and participant on the Development, Pension and Audit Sub Committees in Drogheda Port Company since 2003. He is also involved in policy submission preparatory work on behalf of the Board. No political affiliation evident
(Director) William Lennon, Drogheda William Lennon was appointed to the current Board of the company in April 2002 and has been Director/Commissioner on all previous Boards since 1983. He is formerly Managing Director of Patrick Monahan (Drogheda) Limited, a major shipping and stevedoring company in the Port and holds directorship in an associated company. He is a current council member of the Irish Ship's Agent Association of which he was also a past President. William is a member of the development and pension sub-committees of the Drogheda Port Company. No political affiliation evident
(Director) Jimmy Cudden, Duleek Jimmy Cudden was re-appointed to the Drogheda Port Company in 2002 as the Meath County Council representative and serves as an elected public representative in Meath. Jimmy has been an elected member of Meath County Council for the past 24 years and as a Director\Commissioner to Drogheda Port Company for 17 years. Independent Meath County Councillor.
(Director) Gail McEvoy, Drogheda, Gail is the owner of McEvoy & Associates, a Drogheda based firm of Accountants and Business Advisors. She is also the Managing Director of The Tax Clinic Limited, which has been providing tax advice since 1987 and continues to provide tax related services in Drogheda for both the self employed and PAYE earner. She is currently the Vice President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. Local lady Treasurer of the Rotary Club and Facebook page states her likes as ‘David Norris for President’ so she’s not a stick in the mud. Networker and not averse to a bit of mischief and a sense of humour as well; ‘I bet I can find 900 people who think Drogheda is better than Dundalk’. No political affiliation evident
Shareholders in the company include civil servants on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Department of Transport plus two of the above named directors at least according to the FOI documentation returned to Gavin Sheridan. http://thestory.ie/2010/07/19/dundalk-port-company/
Bear in mind that Deputy Fergus O’Dowd is a Fine Gael TD for Louth and was able to give us as fine an example of cross-table parish pump licking as I’ve ever seen when one considers he was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Transport Committee discussion on Dundalk Port Company (17 June 2009). The Committee meetings begins with a reminder by the Chairman;
“I draw the witnesses’ attention to the fact that members of the committee have absolute privilege but this does not apply to witnesses appearing before the committee. Members are reminded of the parliamentary practice that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable.”
Extract: “Chairman: Was it a new dredger?
Mr. Frank Allen: No. It was 40 years old at that time. It is 45 years old now. It passed a Department of the marine docking survey last year. We are very impressed with the condition of the dredger.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: What is it called?
Mr. Frank Allen: It is called the Hebble Sand. It is an old British dredger that traded out of the Humber for many years. It was owned by the Associated British Ports, which built four dredgers in years gone by so that the ports could do their own maintenance. The Hebble Sand was built in Lowestoft in 1963. The quality of the vessel, after 43 years, is amazing. The members of the committee are welcome to come and have a look at it if they are passing by.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: I will.
Mr. Frank Allen: It is worth looking at.
Chairman: I suggest that Deputy O’Dowd can go.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: We can bring the Chairman and leave him out in the sea.
Chairman: I will not go up there. The Deputy can have his photograph taken beside the dredger.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: We will leave the Chairman on the slob lands.”
Well worth reading through this committee exchange. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/TRJ/2009/06/17/00003.asp

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Dun Laoghaire Port Authority

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is a state commercial company charged with the responsibility for the maintenance and development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour. It's corporate objectives are: To enhance Dún Laoghaire's attractiveness as a gateway for tourists to Ireland by offering state of the art berthing and terminal facilities to ferry operators at Dún Laoghaire Harbour To maintain and enhance the recreational and amenity value of the Harbour in the interest of all of its stakeholders To promote investment in the Harbour To generate sufficient cash flow from commercial operations to provide for the long term maintenance of the Harbour and meet the dividend targets of the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources.
Mr. Sean Costello (Chairman) fees €22,389 No political affiliation evident
Mr. Gerry Dunne (Chief Executive) Salary €122, 891 fees €10,096, in 2009. Mr Dunne comes with a strong marketing and business development background, and has held managing director and board positions in Ireland and the UK with Nutricia, Monaghan Mushrooms, RTE (Managing Director Commercial Enterprises up to 2001) and Broadworks Communications. No political affiliation. http://www.dlharbour.ie/content/newsletters/2009/spring/
Ms. Betty Coffey Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in fees 2009. Fianna Fail local councillor for Dun Laoghaire Rathdowne in 1999.
Labour Cllr. Carrie Smyth Director Elected by DLRCC €13,060 in fees 2009.
Mr. Don McManus Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060. Owner of a jewellery business in Dun Laoghaire and Chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association. No political affiliation evident.
Ms. Eithne Scott-Lennon Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060. Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon of Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel in County Dublin and the hotelier family who run the Fitzpatrick branded hotel chains. No political affiliation evident.
Mr. Gerry Nagle Director Appointed by Minister €€13,060 in 2009. Gerry is a PR man who worked for Corporate Communications which ran Royston Brady’s EURO MP challenge in 2004. http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/a-little-divine-inspiration-for-lord-mayor-480649.html
Labour Cllr. Jane Dillon-Byrne Director Elected by DLRCC, €13,060 in 2009
Mr. Patrick Cowhey Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in 2009. No political affiliation evident.
Mr. Seighin Lennon Director Elected by workforce Dec 2007 €13,060 in 2009 fees, €585 expenses. No political affiliation evident.
Mr. Victor Boyhan Director Appointed by the Minister €13,060 in 2009, €110 expenses. Independent Councillor in Dun Laoghaire. When Victor stood for election Paul McGrath the Rep of Ireland legend who had been in care with Victor campaigned for him.
http://www.dlharbour.ie/content/company/overview.php
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2009-12-08.1375.0
Excellent website for this Harbour Company by the way with nice touches such as updated weather conditions and very clear communications all round. Accounts are clean and tidy and open and Dun Laoghaire seems to have had some good work done by this Committee in recent years to add to the attractiveness of the harbour itself. A code of conduct for members of the Harbour Board is available on the site and there is a cross-section of sectors of the community represented and even a Director elected by the staff. Interesting stuff. http://www.dlharbour.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee

Dundalk IT

Dundalk Education Support Centre

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:50 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Ea to Ez

Eastern Regional Fisheries Board

Economic and Social Research Institute

Economic and Social Research Institute Committee on Top-Level Appointments in the Civil Service

Commission on Public Service Appointments

Education Finance Board

Eirgrid

Employment Appeals Tribunal Recommended for merger with the Labour Court and the Labour Relations Commission in the June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report. No indication that these mergers have taken place.

Engineering and Technology (Board? Sensecheck)

Enterprise Ireland

Chairman Hugh Cooney Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Hugh-Cooney.html
November 2008; ‘A POLITICAL donor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been given a prestigious State agency job. Hugh Cooney, an accountant and former Offaly minor footballer, gave a political donation of €1,000 to Mr Cowen before the last general election. He was named yesterday as chairman of the State's job creation body, Enterprise Ireland. But the move has been criticised by the Opposition, who said the lack of a transparent appointments process gave rise to accusations of "cronyism" and "jobbery". A Government spokesman confirmed that Mr Cooney was one of 18 election donors who gave €1,000 each to Mr Cowen after a golf fundraiser in 2006’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ff-donor-gets-plum-job-amid-cries-of-cronyism-1532780.html
July 2010 ‘Mr Cooney, who is a financial contributor to Taoiseach Brian Cowen, named KPMG and BDO Simpson Xavier as accountancy companies where he may have a potential conflict. Mr Cooney is a consultant and former partner at accountants KPMG, which received gigs to the value of €83,000 last year from EI’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html
Chief Executive Frank Ryan As CEO, Frank is appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, is a member of the Board of Enterprise Ireland and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Forfás. Frank held a range of senior positions in the Industrial Development Agency (IDA Ireland).
October 2009. ‘At Enterprise Ireland, CEO Frank Ryan is paid €222,000 a year. He has a company car, receives vouched expenses and will also retire on a whopper of a pension’. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/no-such-thing-as-a-recession-for-top-brass-in-civil-service-1903854.html
July 2010. ‘Smaller personal interests were named by Intel's Jim O'Hara and Mr Ryan, who doubles up as a director of the Digital Hub’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html
Michael Buckley is a former Chief Executive of Allied Irish Banks and, prior to that, Managing Director of NCB Group. He is the non-executive Chairman of DCC plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other quoted companies as well as being a senior advisor to a number of Irish and international businesses.
July 2010 ‘Former AIB boss Mr Buckley has declared close to €1m of transactions presenting a possible conflict. As a shareholder in Kingspan, Mr Buckley has revealed that EI gave payments to the publicly quoted company of €26,000, plus €415,000 to subsidiary Kingspan Century. He has also listed Zamano Solutions, a mobile company assisted by EI to the extent of €350,000.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html
Dr. Catherine Caulfield is the Co-Founder of Biological-Laboratories Limited, Ballina, Co Mayo. The company was sold to Charles River Laboratories Inc. in 2002. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Dr-Catherine-Caulfield.html
Gearoid Doyle was appointed to the board of Enterprise Ireland in 2007. He is the founder of Kinsale Capital Management, a leading hedge fund company with a global investor base. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch in London and Chicago where he ran the international equities group. Prior to setting up Kinsale Capital Gearoid was a director and Head of Equities Sales and Trading at Goodbody Stockbrokers.
There is a bit of a mystery around Kinsale Capital Management. Given that Elan have a shareholder activist currently targeting alleged mismanagement at board level and noting that Elan CEO G Kelly Morgan appeared as a backer of Kinsale Capital Management on their website only to disappear from the text when questions arose concerning possible conflicts of interest with Elan privileged information. Given that Enterprise Ireland has significant dealings with Elan it would seem appropriate that Mr Doyle be very careful about commenting on any Elan connected support proposed at Enterprise Ireland.
Kinsale Capital Management are rumoured to have significant BankOfAmerica Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank connections so this one might keep the governance directors at Enterprise Ireland on their toes.http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=160&mn=400410&pt=msg&mid=8540394
Michael McLoone (brother of outgoing IMPACT union General Secretary and Chairman of the ICTU Peter McLoone) retired from the post of Donegal County Manager in July 2010. He served as Donegal County Manager since 1994. An Environmental Health officer, he spent his early career in Public Health Services. Michael has also served in a number of public sector roles including:
Chairman, Donegal County Enterprise Board
Chairman, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Member, Western Development Commission
Chairman, Irish Blood Transfusion Board
Member, Health Service Executive
Chair, Donegal Airport Board
Member, Ulster-Scots Agency Board
As County Manager, Michael has undertaken a series of reforming initiatives, including the decentralisation of Council services to new Public Service Centres in each electoral area.
June 2010; ‘THE manager of Donegal County Council, Michael McLoone, has defended himself following a damning report detailing €2.5m in payments to consultants including bills for expensive wines and tips to waiters. The internal audit relates to the company One Sigma Ltd which was put in place to design a new management system at the council. Highly critical of the use of the company, the auditor detailed fees paid to One Sigma and to other companies associated with consultants Stephen Cang and David Stroll. Concerns began earlier this year when it emerged that proper tendering procedures were not used in the procurement of the consultants.The report noted that while the government had ordered a curb on local authority spending on professional fees in 2009, money paid to the company increased by 50% in the same year. There were also concerns about advance payments made in 2008 due to "cash flow problems" with the company. At the same time the council was operating from an overdraft and was in the process of redundancies. A clause in the contract insisted the council foot the bill for business class flights between Belfast and London, first class rail tickets and hotels that must be of four star quality.’ http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2010/jun/20/donegal-council-manager-defends-25m-consultants-fe/
Bob Savage is Vice President and General Manager, EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/board/Bob-Savage.html
Liam Meaney was appointed to the Enterprise Ireland Board in 2007. Liam has over 40 years experience with major multi-national organisations. He has worked in the Drinks industry for over 30 years, 20 of which at Board level. Liam is a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
July 2010; ‘ Other directors to confront possible conflicts by virtue of their positions as directors included drinks industry veteran Liam Meaney, who named Ryanair, Grafton and AIB as potential flashpoints.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enterprise-ireland-directors-declare-conflicts-of-interest-2254178.html
Máire Ní Thuathail, A native of Tourmakeady in Co Mayo, is the founder and Managing Director of EO Teilifís. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/M%C3%A1ire-N%C3%AD-Thuathail.html
Maire’s company EO Teilifis was awarded the contract for a Gaelic language newspaper by Foras na Gaeilge, announced November 2010. Torann na dTonn Teoranta, the entity awarded the contract is a joint enterprise between the Connacht Tribune and EO Teilifis. http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=3432
Helen Nugent was appointed to the Board in March 2008. Ms Nugent is a Principal Officer at the Office of Science and Technology, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
Jim OHara is vice president, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation and Intel Ireland general manager. Official biog http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Board/Jim-OHara.html
Rita Shah was appointed to the Board in October 2010. She is a co-founder of the Monaghan based Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group. A multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Rita has since steered the company through vertical integration, innovation and R&D, to become an industry leader in the clean technology sector through plastic recycling, reprocessing and manufacturing of recycled bags and sacks, thus closing the loop. With a client list that includes blue-chip companies, the company is able to export recyclate material worldwide, which has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years. Rita has strategically placed the company to ensure this trend is set to continue well into the future. Rita was appointed onto the Small Business Forum in 2006 and worked with Plastics Ireland and also the RX3 Working Group. For the past number of years, Rita has been a judge on the Small Business Firms awards. She has taken on the role of mentor and advisor for Women in Business via the Growing for Growth Programme for the past three years. Rita is also actively involved in the Monaghan Business Leaders Forum on Economic Strategy.
Shabra Plastics/Recycling Group are in receipt of a €3.5 million Enterprise Ireland-backed investment. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0910/1224278565595.html
With Enterprise Ireland being mooted as a new super-quango and according to Colm McCarthy’s An Snip Nua Report due to take over the work of a number of other semi-state bodies it would be advisable that Enterprise Ireland makes sure it has proper corporate governance procedures in place as they are perilously close to charges of cronyism and misunderstandings may arise should Enterprise Ireland Board Members become involved in any conflicts of interest with their own investments. It seems odd that EI should not have expertise on an advisory board but possible conflicts are a little too close when actual EI Board Members are discussing issues which affect their own investments in various sectors.
‘It is proposed that the County and City Enterprise Boards, the Business Innovation Centres, the Western Development Commission and the enterprise functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Shannon Development, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, LEADER and Teagasc, as well as sector-specific agencies such as the Irish Film Board, should be merged within a re-constituted Enterprise Ireland. The streamlined agency should also lead to major savings in overall administration costs including staff numbers. The Group considers that the new enterprise body should operate a regional office network based upon the nine Gateways identified in the National Spatial Strategy, leading to savings in local office accommodation costs. Savings in overseas office costs would also arise.’ (page 15 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf)

Environmental Information Service

Environmental Protection Agency
Mary Kelly, Director General No fees payable. The Director General and Directors are paid salaries as they are executive members of the agency.
Laura Burke
Padraig Larkin
Dara Lynott
Larry Stapleton
Former Directors
Declan Burns
Ann Butler
Gerry Carty
Iain MacClean
Liam McCoumiskey (Deceased)
Marie Sherwood

Equality Authority

ESB

Equality Tribunal

European Regional Development Fund

European Social Fund Financial Control Unit

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 09:53 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise

Quangos Fa to Fz

Fáilte Ireland

Family Support Agency This quango was identified for discontinuation of funding in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council

FÁS

FÁS International Consulting Limited (ho ho ho)

Financial Regulator

Financial Services Ombudsman’s Bureau

Financial Services Authority of Ireland

Financial Services Consultative Consumer Panel

Financial Services Consultative Industry Panel

Financial Services Ombudsman Council (check for dupe with 'Council' above)

Fingal County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Fire Services Council

Fisheries Co-Op Societies x 8 (To check and split)

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Food Safety Consultative Council

Food Safety Consultative Council

Food Safety Promotion Board

Foram na Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge

Forces Canteen Board

Forensic Science Laboratory

Forfás Mary Hanafin as Enterprise Minister made two appointments to Forfas in January 2011. They were Eoin O’Driscoll and Dr Don Thornhill. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0127/1224288400241.html

Further Education & Training Awards Council

[B]Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

From the website of the North-South Ministerial Council http://www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org/index/north-south-implementation-bodies/foyle_carlingford-and-irish-lights.htm

The Council meets in the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Sector in order to take decisions on policies and action to be implemented by the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC).

The Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission consists of two Agencies, the Loughs Agency and the Lights Agency. The Loughs Agency has responsibility for the promotion and development of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough for commercial and recreational purposes in respect of marine, fishery and aquaculture matters. It was intended that the Lights Agency, when established, would replace the Commissioners of Irish Lights as the General Lighthouse Authority for Ireland. However, given the complexities that have arisen in terms of pursuing such a transfer of functions, the matter is under review at present. Republic of Ireland input to the FLCILC comes under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and National Resources. The Loughs Agency is funded on a 50:50 basis by the Departments are the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the North and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the South.

The Loughs Agency

Tarlach O Crosain (Chair) Former member of Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission. No information to hand. Almost nothing available except with reference to the FCILC and Lough Agency business as far back as 2002.

Jacqui McConville (Vice-Chair) Director of Drogheda Port Company and former Fianna Fail county councillor in Drogheda East Ward who lost her seat in 2009.

Derick Anderson (Chief Executive) Likelihood of confusion here with different spelling of forenames on websites but as far as I can see this Mr Anderson was a long time member of the original Foyle Fisheries Commission back into the 1990’s which predated the FCILC and of course the Loughs agency.
Enda Bonner I believe this is the former Glenties Fianna Fail Councillor and onetime Senator from Donegal South-West. Cousin of former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper ‘Packie’ Bonner.
Brendan Byrne Fianna Fail Councillor and former Mayor of Donegal who faced calls from a Labour Councillor to step down from the 8,000euro position as Board Member of the Loughs Agency due to his poor attendance record at Loughs Agency meetings.
‘Cllr Byrne has said five of the 13 meetings he did not attend were meetings of the finance committee which he has resigned from. He also said he missed meetings that clashed with county council meetings and meetings that were held in the run-in to the local elections.
“I have attended 97 per cent of council meetings and 90 per cent of VEC meetings in the last calendar year. I am a very good attended of meetings but unfortunately where two meetings clash I can’t attend both. I have also missed meetings of Icban, through not fault of my own but because I am sitting in Lifford. Since I became mayor I have chaired 31 meetings of the council in some shape or other and I can only be in one place at a time." http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/local/mayor_rejects_call_to_resign_from_board_over_poor_ attendance_1_2002550
One wonders why he continues to accept 8,000euros a year when he knows he won’t be able to be in two places at one time.
John Byrne Don’t know much about this chap except a few links to someone who may be a otolaryngologist (yes, one of them) in Northern Ireland and member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club. Could be the same chap but happy to amend if anyone knows any different.
Denis Haughey Possibly the SDLP founder member and Northern Ireland MLA but cannot be 100% sure.
Alan McCulla Highly likely to be the Alan McCulla who is Chief Executive of the Anglo Northern Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation I would suggest.
Joe Miller DUP Alderman on Derry City Council.
John Mulcahy Quite possibly the John Mulcahy who bought Ashford Castle in 1980 and sold it five years later to a group of American investors but am happy to be corrected if in error. ‘In 1970, Ashford Castle was bought by John Mulcahy, who oversaw its complete restoration and expansion, doubling its size with the addition of a new wing in the early 1970s, building a golf course and developing the grounds and gardens.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_Castle
Winston Patterson Also a Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland. Seems to be very active in promoting community cross-community relations among young people in Northern Ireland.
Thomas Sloan Believe this may be a local businessman with an interest in the retail food trade but no other info available.
Jim Wilson Think this may be the UUP General Secretary from the Northern Ireland Assembly but could be confusion with another Jim Wilson I admit.

Fulbright Commission

Further Education and Training Awards Commission

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:02 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ga to Gz

Galway Harbour Company (Corporate motto “Inspiration from the past, innovation in the present, a legacy for the future”)
‘The Galway Harbour Company operates and manages the Port of Galway. Galway Harbor has been important to sea-going trades and inland Ireland for centuries. Located in the city center, the Port of Galway is a long-standing and important part of the community.
Over the past decade, cargo traffic has increased significantly. In 1995, 243 vessels carried over 456 thousand tons of cargo through the Port of Galway. In 2007, 426 vessels carried 945.2 thousand tons of cargo. Commodities handled at the Port of Galway include steel, machinery, coal, scrap metal, and baled timber. The Port of Galway also supports the shipment of liquid, dry, and break bulk cargoes and oil.
The Port of Galway has pipelines to handle refined petroleum and bitumen, which amount to 90% of the port’s throughput. Oil tankers discharge their cargo at Folan Quay to oil storage tanks through underground pipelines. The storage facilities can hold 35 thousand cubic meters. A new 42-thousand-ton-capacity storage tank farm was opened in 2008. Cargo vessels discharge bitumen at the Dun Aengus North Quay, and Cold Chon Ltd. handles more than 70 thousand tons of bitumen each year through the bitumen membrane plant at the Harbour Enterprise Park.’ http://www.worldportsource.com/ports/IRL_Port_of_Galway_3206.php
Captain Brian Sheridan (Harbour Master); Son of former Harbourmaster Frank Sheridan http://www.galwayindependent.com/profiles/profiles/paul-carey-%11-chairman-of-galway-harbour-board/
Paul Carey (Chairman); "I learned to sail with Frank [Captain Frank Sheridan]. We would sail out to Aran or up to Inisbofin. Through Pat, I got involved with the Galway Lifeboat. I was PRO from 1996. I loved every minute of it. The work that is put in by the volunteers and fundraisers is truly inspirational and I am just sorry that I cannot commit as much time as I used to." Paul is also inshore spokesman for Galway Lifeboat. No political affiliation evident.
Éamon Bradshaw (Chief Executive Officer) Retired Bank of Ireland branch Manager in Galway. Former Chairman of the Irish Ports Association. Oversaw preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race and associated development requirements for the harbour. No political affiliation evident.
Mairead Cosgrave (Director) Mairead is President of Network Galway, and is also involved in the Galway Chamber of Commerce. She runs a PR business called Ashling Communications. Mentioned in 2008 media reports as a possible Fianna Fail candidate in the city.
‘Ashling Communications specialise in the following areas of PR:
• Establishing media relations
• Corporate PR
• Consumer PR
• Crisis Management
• Lobbying Local and National Government http://www.ashlingcommunications.com/public_relations.asp
Tom McElwain (Director) Local businessman (Ship Agents it appears) No political affiliations evident
John McNamara (Director) There is a local Building Company by the name of John McNamara but cannot be certain if it is the same chap who is Director at the Harbour Company. No political affiliations.
Bobby Molloy (Director); Former Progressive Democrat Minister who resigned after it transpired phone calls had been made from his office to a judge in a rape case before the courts involving a constituent.
‘Mr Molloy, whose party is the junior partner in the government coalition with Fianna Fail, had received support from Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and the Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney on Tuesday.’
And;
‘Mr [Michael] Noonan was also critical of Mr Ahern and Ms Harney for their initial defence of Mr Molloy. "It is appalling that the Taoiseach went to the defence of Mr Molloy. I do not know the kind of moral compass the Taoiseach has when he is dealing with these events but he always goes into defensive mode," he said. Brendan Howlin, justice spokesman for the second largest opposition party, Labour, added: "The reaction of the Taoiseach and Tanaiste last night was quite extraordinary. "The fact that they pledged support and outlined that this was not a resigning matter was extraordinary " http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1920586.stm
Marie Clery (Director) no information to hand

Galway-Mayo IT Mary Coughlan appointed Student Representative Rachel Sillery to the Governing Body of the Galway-Mayo IT on 18th January 2010. Rachel is also a City of Galway VEC nominee (IoT Acts 1992 - 2006). While we cannot be sure of Rachel’s party politics there is a facebook comment on the ‘Enda Kenny for Taoiseach’ page which reads (direct quote); “we shall see wat enda will do for us students after november 3rd ... den we will see if ur cut out t b taoiseach’. We cannot be sure of course that this is the same Rachel Sillery but it would be quite entertaining if it did turn out to be the little textpert in question. http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/ENDA-KENNY-FOR-TAOISEACH/232709252003?v=wall&viewas=0&ref=nf

Gaisce Gradam an Uachtarain

Galway City and County Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Galway Education Centre

Galway (City of) Vocational Education Committee

Galway (County of) Vocational Education Committee

Garda Siochana Complaints Board

Garda Siochana Complaints Appeal Board

Gort a Choirce Education Support Centre

Government Emigrant Services Advisory Committee

Grangegorman Development Agency Highlighted for discontinuation of funding in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:05 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ha to Hz

Health and Safety Authority of Ireland The National Employment Rights Authority and the HSAI were identified in the June 2009 McCarthy report recommendations as quangos which could be usefully mergged into one Work Place Inspectorate saving some 5million euros per annum in the process. This merger appears not to have happened as NERA are still releasing press statements under their own banner into 2011.

Health and Safety Executive

Set up by Micheal Martin in 2004 the HSE is the largest employer in Ireland with over 100,000 employees and a further 40,000 in publicly funded ancillary organisations.
The Board.
Frank Dolphin Mr Dolphin is the chairman of Rigney Dolphin Ltd, a business services company he founded in Waterford in 1990 and which now employs over 1,100 staff. It was one of the first companies to receive the Deloitte ‘Best Managed Company’ Award in 2008 and has recently opened a new centre in Derry.
He is a member of the board of Governors of Waterford Institute of Technology, a Fellow of the Marketing Institute, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a former President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce. In August 2010 the Minister for Health and Children appointed him Chairman of the HSE.
Rigney Dolphin specialise in a number of business sectors one of which outsources business processes from both the public and private sectors. ‘Dr Dolphin has worked as a consultant with a wide range of companies in Ireland the UK and US particularly in the areas of senior management mentoring, HR strategy and change management.’
Frank was a Governor of the Mater Hospital, the parent company of which is ‘a single member Company limited by guarantee with a share capital, and was incorporated as Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Limited on 18th December 2001. The Company changed its name on 23 rd January 2003 to Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and is permitted to omit the word ‘Limited' from the Company title and when referring to the Company.’ http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm
‘The activities of the Company are charitable, to relieve, cure and prevent sickness and disability in the community in general by the establishment and provision of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in accordance with the mission and traditions of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland.’
http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm
Cathal Magee, CEO of the HSE, took up his appointment in early September 2010, appointed by Mary Harney to succeed Professor Brendan Drumm. Mr Magee (56), is a former Managing Director of Eircom’s €1.3 billion portfolio of retail businesses that serve the consumer, business, corporate and Government markets. He is a non-executive Director at the VHI. He was also interim Chief Executive of the Group for six months to July 2009. Mr Magee has an extensive record of implementing change and performance improvement in a number of organisations and different environments. He has worked in both the public and private sectors. Previously he held other senior management posts in Eircom as Managing Director, eircom Ireland, Managing Director, Business Transformation and as HR Director during 15 years service with the telecoms company. Prior to joining eircom, Mr Magee worked for the National Australia Bank Group in the UK and Ireland. His early career was in the health service. He was director of human resources and business restructuring with Bord na Móna. He joined Telecom Éireann, now Eircom, in 1995 as Group Human Resources Director, then as head of the company’s retail arm. He was acting Chief Executive of the company in 2009, during which time he started a major restructuring of its cost base. Magee came under fire in his position as Credit Committee Member for EBS when the company had to see a bailout of over 100million euros from public funds. Magee was appointed to the Board of the HSE on a salary of over 320,000 euros per annum. This is significantly less than he earned at Eircom, roughly 860,000 euros in 2007. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2010/0529/1224271393402.html
Pat Farrell is Chief Executive of the Irish Banking Federation, the principal representative body for banking and financial services in Ireland. Prior to this he held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors. He serves as Ireland Chairman and a Trustee of Sightsavers International and is a member of the Financial Regulator’s Industry Panel, the Dept of An Taoiseach’s IFSC Group and the Executive Committee of the European Banking Federation.
‘The board members include Irish Banker federation boss Pat Farrell -- a former General Secretary of Fianna Fail. Mr Farrell has also served on the VHI and the Dormant Accounts Board.’ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
Eugene McCague is a solicitor and Chairman of Arthur Cox. He is a graduate of University College Dublin. He is a member of the Board of Co-Operation Ireland, a former Chairman of the governing body of the Dublin Institute of Technology and a former President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Arthur Cox ‘has netted 11million euro in government contracts to dole out advice on the banking collapse in the past two years, bringing into sharp focus the close relationship between the chairman of Authur Cox - Eugene McCague - and Brian Cowen. The Taoiseach and Mr McCague know each other from their college days, when they both studied law. Mr McCague was even a guest speaker at the Fianna Fail think-in at Druid's Glen in 2007, during which he reminisced about knowing Mr Cowen as law students in UCD in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And now, as thousands of people cope with pay cuts, the Irish Daily Mail can confirm that staff at Arthur Cox have been paid as much as [euro]10,000 in bonuses in the last three months. By far the biggest beneficiary of government work since the banking collapse, the firm is one of just nine consultancy companies which have cost departments and State agencies 33.7million euro. Arthur Cox were paid by 9.6million by the Department of Finance for advice relating to the deposit guarantee scheme, the recapitalisation plans, the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank and the setting up of Nama. This sum translates to 22,000 euros for each working day since the firm of lawyers was hired in September 2008. The were also paid 1.95million euro by the National Pension Reserve Fund Commission, which did the work of Nama before the 'bad bank' agency was officially set up. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
Joe Mooney is a retired senior official of the Department of Finance where he had extensive policy involvement in the health and social welfare areas. Previously, he worked on economic and taxation matters. He is a former member of the Pensions Board. He sat on the Joint DoHC/HSE Working Group on Workforce Planning in the Public Health Service in 2006. http://www.dohc.ie/working_groups/Current/wpphs/
Professor P. Anne Scott is Professor of Nursing and Deputy President of Dublin City University and formerly held the post of head of the School of Nursing at DCU. Previously, she held academic posts at the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. Professor Scott is a former member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University, the Board of the Health Research Board and the Board of Governors of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview.
Professor Niamh Brennan, a chartered accountant and chartered director, is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin. She is academic director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD. Professor Brennan chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service and chairs the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. Wife of Progressive Democrat Michael McDowell Niamh was appointed to the Board of the HSE by Progressive Democrat Mary Harney and was appointed to the Board of the DDDA by John Gormley.
Dr. Dermot Power is a consultant in geriatric medicine at the Mater Misericordiae and is Medical Director of St Mary’s Hospital Phoneix Park. A graduate of medicine in University College Dublin, his Membership of the RCPI was awarded in 1995 and a MD was awarded by UCD in 2001. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2006. Among his qualifications, he also has a Diploma in Management for Medical Doctors jointly awarded by the RCSI and Irish Management Institute. Dr Power is a member of the British Geriatrics Society, Irish Gerontological Society, Irish Medical Organisation, and Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Power was commissioned to write a report by the HSE into a matter related to nursing homes in 2006. As far as I am aware the report was never published. Dr Power was appointed to the Board of the HSE in 2009.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2006-12-05.69.0
'The Company changed its name on 23 rd January 2003 to Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and is permitted to omit the word ‘Limited' from the Company title and when referring to the Company. The Company is a subsidiary of Mater Misericordiae and the Children's University Hospitals Limited, a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The majority of the members of the Parent Company are Sisters of Mercy..'
http://www.mater.ie/aboutus/mmcuh.htm
Sylda Langford is the former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the Department of Health and Children (reporting to Brian Lenihan before he became a noted philanthropist to the banking and property development community ). Prior to this, she was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Justice and Law Reform for nine years. She has had extensive experience in policy and legislative work across a broad range of government areas. She is Chair of the Citizen's Information Board. She has a professional background in social policy and social work and is a graduate of University College Cork and the London School of Economics. http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/Who/Board_Members/slangford.html
Sylda was also a Member of the Audit Committee at the Office of the Department of the Taoiseach http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-05-09.839.0 Sylda was also a Member of the Board of the National Centre for Partnership and Performance whatever that is supposed to be when it is at home. She was appointed to the Board of IAAC (Irish Association of Activity Centres?) in 1995 by the Tanaiste Dick Spring. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/1996/02/20/00070.asp
Here’s where things start to get interesting with Sylda. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees in Ireland of a group called ‘Common Purpose’.
Its other Trustees are;
John Bowen, Chairman & CEO, The Bowen Group
William Earley, Partner, McCann FitzGerald
John Fitzgerald, CEO, Grangegorman Development Agency
Mark Moran, Former Chairman, EBS Building Society (Chair)
Stephen Mason, Regional Manager, Bank of Ireland
Anna Lee, Manager, Tallaght Partnership
Are civil servants or public employees allowed to be members of organsiations which operate under a de facto rule of secrecy? And which run courses implying 'Leadership BEYOND authority'?

Health & Social Care Professionals Council (Thanks for this one Spectabilis- Con)

Health Information and Quality Authority[/B]

Health Insurance Authority [I]This quango is one of those identified by Colm McCarthy in his An Snip Nua report which could deliver savings by being folded into the Financial Regulator's office along with the Pensions Board. The Financial Regulator's office has since of course been taken over by the Central Bank (2010).

Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office

Health Research Board

Health Service Executive

Heritage Council, The

Higher Education Authority

Higher Education and Training Awards Council

High Level Group on Business Regulation (ho ho ho)

Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal: (“daily rate of €992.68 plus VAT”) Minister for Health Mary Harney reappointed Karen Fergus SC to the Board for a period of five years in late 2010.

Hospital Trust Board

Horse Racing Ireland

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission

Housing Finance Agency

Hunger Task Force

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:09 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ia to Jz

Independent Commission for the Location of Victim's Remains

Independent Commission on Decomissioning

Independent Monitoring Commission

Independent Monitoring Committee for Refugee Legal Services

Industrial Development Authority John Dunne Chairman, IDA Ireland, Board Member, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority Board Member, Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland. John is also a former Chairman of IBEC. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/an-ostrich-quacks-for-ireland-1200518.html
When John was Chief Executive of Chambers of Commerce Ireland he was appointed to the National Economic and Social Council in September 2003 up to June 2007 by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. (Dáil Éireann - Volume 652 - 22 April, 2008)
He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland on 1st May 2008 by outgoing Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan. (Dáil Éireann - Volume 654 - 15 May, 2008 Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.
Board members at the IDA are paid €13,067 per year. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman, American Ireland Fund A third generation Irish-American, Loretta Brennan Glucksman grew up in an Irish community in Pennsylvania. She is a noted philanthropist and, together with her late husband Lewis, they have raised millions for Ireland. http://www.usirelandforum.com/speakers/LorettaBrennanGlucksman/ The American Ireland Fund has raised $250 million for Irish causes in 30 years. The lion’s share has gone to education, followed by community development, arts and culture, and peace and reconciliation. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2010/0925/1224279646711.html
(Kudos and hat-tip to Loretta, clearly a person with a considerable personal commitment to Irish causes)
Bernard Collins Non-Executive Director, Irish Life & Permanent Group Holdings, Chairman, VHI Healthcare, Director of a number of medical device companies
Former VP of International Operations and Director of International Board, Boston Scientific Group

'On Tuesday, Irish Life appointed an unknown — Bernard Collins — to the board. At least he is not a banker. He even has 10 years experience at multinational Boston Scientific Corporation. A new broom has landed on the board. Bully for Irish Life. The press release mentions that Bernard has another gig. Bernard is chairman of the troubled state-owned flop, the Voluntary Health Insurance. Now why would the board of Irish Life want the chair of the bloated VHI to join them? Obviously he has useful knowledge of the insurance market. That must be the reason. Besides, Irish Life may soon divest itself of its banking arm and concentrate on insurance. Bernard could be useful. Did they advertise? How did they select him? Was there another “exhaustive process”?
Funnily enough, Bernard’s VHI board has another familiar sounding director. A woman by the name of Gillian Bowler is a long-time board member of the State’s health insurer. Gillian just happens to be chairman of Irish Life. So there we have it, a lovely cross- directorship coincidence. Bernard sits on Gillian’s Irish Life while Gillian sits on Bernard’s VHI. Perhaps Gillian absented herself from the discussion when Bernard’s name came up for this obviously fiercely contested bauble?
Unlikely, as she herself chairs the key nomination committee. Gentle Gillian seems to develop attachments to fellow directors. Less than three years ago when Irish Life chief executive David Went left office, he rapidly found himself on the VHI board, sitting beside his old pal — none other than Irish Life chairman Gillian. Now both of them sit happily at the Court of Bernard Collins at the VHI. Then last week, Bernard swans in to Irish Life . . . Collins is no opponent of political appointments. A Corkman, he was parachuted on to the VHI board by his fellow Corkman, Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin.His membership of the IDA board adds to his semi-state portfolio. He was re-appointed to the IDA by the same Micheal in 2007 after initially being appointed by Mary Harney in 2002[/COLOR]. So Bernard straddles the semi-state and banking board circuits. Just like Gillian and David.' (Courtesy of Shane Ross http://www.shane-ross.ie/archives/703/the-third-farce-in-banking/ )
Paul Mackay Chartered Accountant, and founder of the Progressive Democrats. Paul was also a Progressive Democrat appointee to the board of Eircom during the privatisation fiasco. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/an-ostrich-quacks-for-ireland-1200518.html
Mr. Thomas Gerard Lynch, (full biog via link below) In 2009, he was appointed by the Irish Minister for Health [Mary Harney] as a member of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation within Health and Personal Social Services in Ireland and serves as a member of its sub-committee dealing with the financing of Ireland's acute hospitals. In 2010, he was appointed by the Irish Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism to serve on the Board of the Irish National Opera Company. Mr. Lynch is a graduate of Queens University Belfast in Economics and Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland's fellow. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=713740&ticker=CTEC:SS&previousCapId=397809&previousTitle=ICON%20PLC
Might be an interesting fellow to watch for those of us with an interest in the balance between private and public health care in Ireland

Henry McGarvey who is Vice President and Managing Director, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. Henry sits on the Board of the IDA and was appointed to the Enterprise Feedback Group by Mary Coughlan.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, T.D., announced in December 2008 the establishment of an Enterprise Feedback Group (EFG) on the implementation of the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) plan for Ireland to become a world-class knowledge economy by 2013. The Enterprise Feedback Group also includes Lionel Alexander (Chair) who also sits on the Board of the IDA (see above). http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1015446.shtml
Both Henry McGarvey and Lionel Alexander are also on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland http://www.amcham.ie/article.aspx?id=288
Henry is also a Member of the main Board at business union IBEC and was Regional President of IBEC North West between 2006 and 2008.
http://www.icia.ie/IBEC/IBEC.nsf/vPages/About_Us~Our_structure~board?OpenDocument
Henry was appointed Regional President of the American Chamber of Commerce North West in the past year. http://pubsub.com/12th-Annual-Convocation-of-Asia-Pacific-Institute-of-Management-New-Delhi-Chairman-and-Managing-Director-96GDukMN1HLS
Barry O’Leary Chief Executive, IDA Ireland, Board Member, Forfás. ‘Mr. O’Leary has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods totalling 15 years in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe. He originally moved to Cologne in 1983 and from 1985 to 1991 he was based in Munich. Between 1991 and 1995 he was responsible for Consumer Products and International Services in IDA in Dublin. On his return to Germany in 1995 he was responsible for running IDA’s offices in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf which covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Barry O’Leary has held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group. He is a Board member of the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre (DMMC) which was established in 2001 to bring together the molecular medicine research activities of University College Dublin, Trinity College, and the Royal College of Surgeons. He is also a Board Member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN).’
Gerard O’Mahoney Corporate Finance Partner and Partner in Charge of Regional Offices, Deloitte. On a Cork Chamber of Commerce publication called ‘Chamber Link’ Mr O’Mahoney reminded the business community that; ‘“As far back as 2008, the OECD have been calling for boldness in developing a programme for public sector reform in Ireland and terming our public sector and Quangos “an organisational zoo”. (page 9 http://www.corkchamber.ie/UserFiles/file/Chamberlink/Chamberlink%202010-11.pdf )
(No argument here Ger …)

Brian Whitney, Assistant Secretary, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation is Secretary of the Board of the IDA. He is also a member of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning (members list available here) http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-10-21.440.0

Information Commissioner, Office of the

Injuries Board

Inland Fisheries Board

Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Institute of Public Administration

Institute of Public Administration

Institute of Public Health

Integrate Ireland Language and Training Awards

Integrated Ticketing Project Board

International Education Board of Ireland

Internet Advisory Board

Intertrade Ireland

Investor Compensation Company (WTF?)

Ireland Newfoundland Partnership Board

Irish-American Economics Advisory Board

Irish Auditing & Accountancy Supervisory Authority

Irish Aviation Authority Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009
recommended that consideration be given to merging the Railway Safety Commission, the Road Safety Authority, the Maritime Safety Directorate and the Irish Aviation Authority.
Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board, The

Irish Council for Bioethics

Irish Dental Health Authority

Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health

Irish Film Board Highlighted for the chop in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.
Irish Film Classification Office It was proposed as part of the potential 5billion euro savings available from implementation of the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 that this office be folded into the new Broadcasting Authority which is itself supposed to merge with new communications superquango ComReg.
Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal (check for dupe)
Irish Financial Services Regulatory Body (check for dupe)
Irish Human Rights Commission
Irish Institute of European Affairs de facto quango because of the amount of subscriptions paid to it by government departments, over € 800,000 in 2006 from some 15 departments. Past corporate subscribers include the Higher Education Authority, the local Government Management Services Board, the NESC, DPP, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the VHI and dozens of other taxpayer-funded organisations.) -Cap'n Con
Brendan Halligan, Chair of the Board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (formerly the Irish Energy Centre (appointed 1 October 2007) is managing partner of CIPA, a public affairs consultancy, chairman of the Institute of European Affairs, and a non-executive member of Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. He chaired Bord na Móna for ten years and worked in a consultant capacity with Airtricity. Brendan Halligan served as General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party from 1967 until 1980. Heavily relied upon as General Secretary of the Labour Party by Labour leader Brenda Corish he was instrumental in reversing an anti-coalition stance within the Labour Party and was appointed to the Senate by the incoming Fine Gael/Labour ‘National Coalition’ government of 1973. Standing unsuccessfully for election to the Dail in the 1977 General Election in Finglas Halligan then stood again in 1981 and ’82 (Dublin North West) elections also unsuccessfully. He was then appointed an MEP from 1983 to 1984. He is currently National Policy Coordinator for the Labour Party.
Mr Halligan managed to swallow his enthusiasm for all things European to campaign against membership of the European Economic Community in 1972, an unusually trying station for someone later to become a member of the Irish Council of the European Movement.
Which brings us to the Lisbon referendums. Halligan’s Irish Institute of European Affairs despite its official, and legal, political neutrality is unashamedly pro-Lisbon and produced literature and propaganda in favor of Lisbon and employed people to promote the Yes agenda at great cost to the tax payer. IIEA literature indicated that if government did not decide to seek ratifications, “the damage would be irreparable” for Europe itself, while the implications for Ireland “range from the disastrous to the catastrophic”.

Halligan speculated in a letter to the Irish Times on July 10 2009 that a No vote would result in our being excluded from the EU.
Irish Legal Terms Advisory Committee
Irish Manuscripts Commission
Irish Medicines Board
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Eoin McGonigal, who served as legal adviser to Charles Haughey and Ray Burke during the Moriarty and Flood tribunals. And formally to Mr. Denis O'Brien at Moriarty
Brendan Flynn, Teacher and Director Clifden Arts Festival
Brian Ranalow, Artist, Member of Contemporary Irish Art Society and Collector of 20th Century Irish Art
Both reappointments, first appointed by John O'Donoghue, June, 2005.
Mary McCarthy, Formally 'Arts Manager' with our old friends the DDDA.
Who you might remember from the proposed €1.6m Liffey Leviathan (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article5581152.ece).
Rowan Gillespie, Sculptor
Eimear O'Connor, TCD
Those vacancies were filled two weeks ago after being empty for eight months. That Phoenix article also mentions vacancies at Nat Gallery and Arts Council and goes on to say its unlikely they would be left in the gift of the incoming blueshirts.

Irish National Stud

Irish National Opera

Irish National Petroleum Ltd

Irish Prison Service

Irish Research Council for the Humanities

Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology

Irish Sports Council

Irish Takeover Panel Recommended for merger with the Competition Authority in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua'.

Irish Water Safety Association

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:18 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ka to Kz


Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

Kinsale is a traditional commercial port with a long history. It has a splendid, virtually land locked natural harbour on the estuary of the Bandon River, 11 nautical miles South West of Cork harbour entrance about eight kilometres north-northeast of the Old Head of Kinsale. Both the outer and inner harbours cover approximately five square kilometres, providing good shelter and anchorage.
As a commercial port, Kinsale caters for approximately 100 vessels per year. The majority of commercial shipping in involved in the importation of bulk animal foods. We are also engaged in the exportation of timber to the U.K. As a pleasure port, Kinsale boasts two fully serviced Marinas and is also home to a thriving fishing fleet. http://www.irelandwide.com/port/kharbour/index.htm
Harbour Master Capt. P. Devitt (former Merchant Navy Captain)
Billy Lynch (Chairman appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004 see notes below) Elected according to Elections Ireland as a FG Councillor in 1999 and 2004 but apparently now billed as ‘Non-Party’ Councillor.
Charles Henderson (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Independent Town Councillor 1999 and re-elected 2004.
Fine Gael Town Councillor Kevin Murphy from Bandon who stood unsuccessfully in the General Election in February. (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004, reappointed by himself July 2009*)
Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Coleman from Bandon (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004 reappointed by himself July 2009 )
Eamon O’Neill (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) There is an ‘Eamonn O’Neill’ who is an auctioneer in Kinsale but I cannot confirm as yet whether this is the same chap. No political affiliation evident.
Frank Kiernan (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Suspect this is Frank Kiernan of Kiernan Steel in Watergrasslands, Kinsale. Also a Shipbroker in Kinsale I suspect from various mentions in Chartered Shipbroker directories. No political affiliation evident.
John Twomey (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Believe John is former Chairman of Harbour Board Commissioners and may be the John C Twomey who carries on an accountancy practice in the town. No political affiliation evident.
Courtney Good (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Mention of various business interests in and around Kinsale but no political affiliation evident.
Fianna Fail Councillor Michael T Frawley (appointed by Noel Dempsey 28 Sept 2004) Heritage Fianna Failer no fully 23 years old: ‘An avid supporter of the Fianna Fáil party from a very young age attending the Ard Fheis since he was ten years old.’ http://www.fiannafail.ie/people/michael-t.-frawley/ Amazed he was able to travel all the way from Kinsale to Dublin for an Ard Fheis at the age of 10;)
Labour Party Councillor Tony Cierans (see notes below)
I believe three Commissioners were appointed/reappointed (two of them by themselves- see Notes below) so there may be a Commissioner here who has stepped down and been replaced in 2009 but no information to hand and there is no section on the Port of Kinsale website which gives details.
Notes
Here’s a nice bit of democracy in action (from the minutes of a Cork County Council meeting 13th July 2009. The minutes of the meeting can be seen by using ‘appointed 2009 kinsale harbour commission’ as a search term via Google.
‘(d) Kinsale Harbour Commissioners
*Councillor K. Murphy proposed the following:-
Councillor Kevin Murphy
Councillor A. Coleman proposed the following:-
Councillor A. Coleman
The Mayor declared the following to be appointed Kinsale Harbour Commissioners
Councillors K. Murphy and A. Coleman
Well done lads. Ye are a credit to Demos.
And;
‘The election pact between Fianna Fail, Labour and Mr. Billy Lynch also saw Mr. Micheal Frawley elected as Deputy Mayor of the Town Council.The Fianna Fail Councillor, who was returned on an increased vote in the recent election, will be hopeful to take the ‘top job’ as Mayor during the lifetime of the Council and follow in the footsteps of his father, Mr. Micheal Frawley snr. In addition to the decision of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Councillors were also elected to a number of key positions. Mr. Billy Lynch and Mr. Tony Cierans were elected to be the local authority’s appointees on the Harbour Board’ http://www.kinsalenews.com/news.asp?offset=10

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:21 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos La to Lz

Labour Court: (€164,464 per annum for three years) Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe reappointed Kevin Duffy as Chairman in November 2010. Looks like Batt had no intention of taking any notice of the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 where the recommendation was made that some 3million euros a year could be saved by merging the work of the Labour Court with the Labour Relations Commission and Employment Appeals Tribunal among others in a sector overdue rationalisation. But as appointments are being made as late as 4 months ago we'll have to assume the Labour Court is still flying solo.
Labour Relations Commission See Labour Court. Recommended for merger with Labour Court and Employment Appeals Tribunal in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report June 2009.

Land Registry

Laois County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Laois Education Centre

Laois Vocational Education Committee

Law Reform Commission Colm McCarthy recommended in his June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report that the Law Reform Commission should be discontinued.Identifying a 2.8million euro saving to the state in doing so.

Leargas The Exchange Bureau

Legal Aid Board The Legal Aid Board is an independent, publicly funded organization. It has been in existence since 1979 and was set up as a statutory body on foot of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995. The Board's Mission Statement, set out in its Corporate Plan 2009 – 2011, is "To provide a professional, efficient, cost-effective and accessible legal aid and advice service". The Corporate Plan sets out a number of steps that the Board has adopted in order to achieve the objective set out in its Mission Statement. The Board itself consists of a chairperson and twelve ordinary members. They are appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and have a five-year term of office. The Board has an executive management structure primarily located at its Head Office at Quay St, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry and also at an office at 47 Upper Mount St, Dublin 2. The Board has thirty three full time law centres located throughout the country, as well as the Private Practitioner Service, a Refugee Documentation Centre and a library service located at Montague Court, Montague Lane, Dublin 2.

Chair Ms. Anne Colley, Solicitor. Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1974. Formerly of Anne Colley & Co in Dundrum, her practice was incorporated into dillon solicitors in June 2004. Anne is now a consultant solicitor with the firm. She is a former member of Dáil Éireann and returned to practice in 1989, setting up Anne Colley & Co. in 1992. Anne is Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board. She is a member of the statutory Private Residential Tenancies Board. Ann was a Progressive Democrat member of Dail Eireann for Dublin South 1987-89. Her father George Colley was a senior Fianna Fail Minister and her grandfather Henry was also a Fianna Fail TD. In 2006 she was commissioned to write a report on ‘Cohabiting Couples’ for Michael McDowell. Officially called the Options Paper on Cohabiting Couples, (2006) (Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform), the paper became known as the Colley Report.Annual Fee €13,067
Ms. Kate Hayes (solicitor) I believe is the same Kate Hayes who was formerly Chair of the Equality Authority. Annual Fee €8,400
Mr. Jerry O'Connor, Solicitor Fee €8,400
Mr. Seamus Keelan Appointed in 2008 by Dermot Ahern. Listed as ‘accountant and local representative on Legal Aid Board reports. It appears this is the Seamus Keelan who is a retired Fianna Fail Councillor from Dundalk. Now that Conor Keelan his son sits on Dundalk Town Council on a seat passed down from grandfather to father to son Seamus presumably needed something to fill his time. Annual Fee €8,400
Ms. Dara Foynes, BL earned €37,606 as Junior Counsel working for the DPP in 2005 according to this Independent article from December of that year. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/director-of-public-prosecutions-spent-a-whopping-10m-on-barrister-fees-last-year-475486.html Don’t know if it’s the same Dara Foynes but a twitter account in that name carries the tweet ‘Mary O Rourke - legend, and great hair’ from last month. http://twitter.com/DaraFoynes . It would be odd if it wasn’t this Dara’s tweet as she has also linked to an article in the Sligo Weekender commenting on a case at which Dara Foynes barrister-at-law was chucking briefs around. Annual Fee €8,400
Ms. Elizabeth Murphy, BL a barrister in private practice from Castlegregory in Kerry. Annual Fee €8,400
Dr. Michael Buckley A retired Consultant Physician. Cannot be 100% sure but is this the same Michael Buckley who carried out the Buckley Review of senior civil servant (and hospital consultants’) pay in 2000 for the Department of Finance? This report recommended swingeing increases and is no small measure was it a starting gun for nonsensical pay rises across state boards and other quangos. Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2001/report38.pdf
Mr. Bob Browne, Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Ms. Niamh Moran, Solicitor Appointed to the Legal Aid Board by Brian Lenihan when he was Minister for Justice in 2007. Niamh was a Fianna Fail candidate in Mulhuddart and follows a family tradition of Fianna Fail politics as her uncle was a Fianna Fail Minister (Micheál Ó Móráin). http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/campaignwatch/2009/05/18/its-not-a-beauty-contest-you-know/ Niamh was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the State Claims Agency in 2010 and has a position as one of the legal representives on the Board of the Mental Health Commission.
Mr. Fergal Rooney, Solicitor, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board
Mr. Eamon Purcell, Staff Representative, Legal Aid Board
Mr. Jim O'Farrell, Retired Principal Officer, Department of Finance
Ms. Breege Leonard, Retired Regional Manager, Department of Social Protection
http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/Content/Meet_The_Board

Leitrim Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Leitrim Vocational Education Committee

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Letterkenny IT

Limerick City Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Limerick County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Limerick Education Centre

Limerick IT

Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency

Limerick Prison Visiting Committee
In March 2007, Fianna Fail councillor Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahey was jailed for twelve months after being found guilty of defrauding his own council of €15,000 and falsely implicating an innocent contractor in the crime. The jailed councillor was also chairman of the Limerick Prison visiting committee.
In a statement in response to a question from Ruairi Quinn the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Brian ‘Chancer’ Lenihan reported on 3rd April 2008 that there were three vacancies on the Limerick Prison Visting Committee and three further anticipated vacancies. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2008-04-03.1002.0 The only name on the last two Annual reports (2008 & 2009) is a ‘Maria Gorman’ or as best I can make out from the scribbled signature.
There is a Fianna Fail Councillor by the name of Maria Gorman in Kerry http://www.fiannafail.ie/people/maria-gorman/
There doesn’t seem to be much information on appointments to replace the six vacancies on the Prison Visiting Committee so I wonder whether that Prison Visiting was down to one Fianna Fail Councillor for three years?

Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency

Limerick (City of )Vocational Education Committee

Limerick (County of )Vocational Education Committee

Local Drugs Taskforces

Local Government Computer Services Board (any info on political affiliation or connections on the people named below most welcome)
Mr. I. Keating Nil
Ms. B. Carter Nil
Mr. F. Bradley Nil
Mr. J. Fitzgerald Nil
Mr. J. Tiernan Nil
Mr. D. Nelson Nil
Ms. P. Tyrrell Nil
Mr. H. Kearns Nil
Mr. S. Carey Nil
Mr. J. Crockett Nil
Mr. M. Riordan Nil
Mr. N. Sweeney Nil
Mr. T. Dowling Nil
Mr. J. McGrath Nil
Mr. R. O’Dwyer Nil
Ms. C. Curley Nil
Mr. A.. Fleming Nil
Mr. D. Connolly Nil
Ms. A. McGuinness Nil
Mr. E. Sheehy Nil
Mr. M Malone Nil
Mr. M. Killeen Nil
Mr. P. Donnelly Nil
Mr. J. Horan Nil
Mr. R. Ó Ceallaigh Nil
Mr. M. Maloney Nil
Mr. E. Breen Nil
Mr. M. McLoone Nil
Mr. P. Fahey Nil
Mr. B. Treacy Nil
Mr. F. Kavanagh Nil
Mr. D. Connolly Nil
Mr. P. D’Arcy Nil
Mr. W. Soffe Nil

Local Government Management Services Board (No fees payable to Members)
Appointments since 1997;
Jim Lillis
Peter McCann
Danny McElhinney
Tony Boland
Kevin Cullen
Peter Greene
Joe Allen
Aidan Kinch (Any party political connections for these people gratefully received)

Local Registration of Deeds and Title Rules Committee

Longford Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Longford Vocational Education Committee

Loughan House Visiting Committee

Francis McDermott (appointed 2010 by Dermot Aherne) There is a Fianna Fail Councillor of that name in the Baileborough ward in Cavan which is a bit of a coincidence.
Gerry O’Connor (appointed 2010 by Dermot Aherne) In another coincidence there is a Fianna Fail constituency organiser of that name in Sligo-Leitrim. Not an unusual name though if anyone knows for sure this is not the same chap I’d be happy to amend this entry.
Clifford Kelly ho ho ho another Fianna Fail Councillor from the Baileborough ward in Cavan?
Eddie Feeley There is a retired/former Fianna Fail Councillor of that name from the Belturbet ward in Cavan. (Worry not for his former County Council seat btw as his young lad John Paul has his arse warming Daddy’s seat now having been co-opted on to it in 2009. Roll on next local elections.)
Kathleen Richey no mention of Fianna Fail connections here and the only info I can find refers to a Kathleen Richey who is active in community organisations in Cavan. Any info on connections gratefully received.
Naul McCole At the risk of mixing up my Naul McCole’s there is a chap of that name listed in Burtonport as a Fianna Fail cumann organiser on Pat the Cope Gallagher’s website.
Brendan Hughes In another remarkable coincidence there is a Fianna Fail Councillor in Monaghan listed on the Fianna Fail website under ‘our people’.
Turlough Smith ‘Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture spoke about the importance of local government and that the able Councillor was now well positioned to make a difference in her community and would always be there for the people. He referred to her long family republican tradition from the foundation of the state which spanned a life time in Fianna Fáil history from her Late Grand Uncle Paddy Smith TD, to former Cllr. Turlough Smith and now the next generation Cllr. Niamh Smyth.’ (A Fianna Fail blog entry written by Councillor Niamh Smyth in typical self-congratulatory style. The photographs of the event ‘The Hideout’ (!) in Cavan have to be seen to be believed and should really be seen if only for the appearance of ‘Lurch’ in the third photo down (extreme left). http://www.fiannafail.ie/blog/P230/
Padraig O Biadha former Fianna Fail Galway County Councillor.
Charles Fleming There is a ‘Charlie Fleming’ listed as a former Fianna Fail Councillor co-opted to replace some other FF hack on Cavan County Council in autumn 2003 and who promptly lost the seat in 2004. Which is something of an achievement in FF circles.
Eamonn Kinch I can see various appointments for an Eamonn Kinch to Leargas and to VEC’s/Technical colleges but accept this may be another chap entirely and would be grateful for any info.
Thomas Reilly There is a listing on the Fianna Fail site under ‘our people’ for a Councillor Tom Reilly in Tuam
I suspect that the two new appointees above will have replaced two other members but have no clear view which until such time as a 2010 report appears. Cannot find a 2010 report so far.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0
Far be it from me to suggest that Fianna Fail wouldn’t know a bit about the Irish prison system but this quango appears to be nothing less than a day out for various Fianna Fail hacks in the region.

Louth County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

[B]Louth Vocational Education Committee

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:22 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ma to Mz

Marine Institute

Mayo Education Centre

Mayo Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Mayo Vocational Education Committee

Meath Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Meath Vocational Education Committee

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

Medical Council

Mental Health Commission

Mental Health Criminal Law Review Board

Met Eireann

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Jennifer Murnane O’Connor (Chairperson) Fianna Fail Councillor and daughter of Jimmy Murnane, a Fianna Fail Councillor from Carlow, who stood for FF (despite an attempt to hide the party logo on her election literature as per usual practice these days) in Carlow Kilkenny in the General Election last month. Unsuccessful and eliminated on the 10th count. http://electionsireland.org/result.cfm?election=2011&cons=32
Jody Gunning Fianna Fail party member and something of a spokesperson in the Laois-Offaly area; ‘Party member Jody Gunning said the Lenihans "weren't very fair" to the Taoiseach. He also claimed the media "drove him into the ground" before adding that Brian Cowen was a "very straight gentleman".’ (May be in need of a political spirit measure) http://www.independent.ie/national-news/county-faithful-urge-cowen-to-run-in-election-2511038.html
Jack Bourke I believe this may be the former Mayor of Limerick (Fianna Fail naturally) and Councillor for over 40 years but who lost his seat by 10 votes in 2007 but would need the slightest nudge of confirmation if anyone has any info to verify or to counter. If it is the same Jack he was the longest serving Chairman of the Mid-Western Health Board. http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/leader_interview_with_jack_bourke_1_2181420
Brigid Teefy Progressive Democrat Councillor for Castleconnell Ward on Limerick County Council who went Independent when the PDs fell apart. http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=553
Dr. Abdul Bulbulia Husband of Katherine Bulbulia who was a Fine Gael Senator in the eighties and then joined the Progressive Democrats serving as a senior aide to the party’s leader up to 2006. Dr Bulbulia is a retired general practitioner in Waterford and founder and Director of Waterford Healing Arts which refers to the beneficial use of statuary and the visual arts in general in patient convalescence. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2008/0317/1205510793315.html
Nuala Halpin Wife of Brian Halpin, Former (until last year) Deputy DG and Secretary of the Central Bank and both were canvassers for The distinctly Unholy Mary Hanafin on a number of occasions.
Colm Wylie Spelling may be slightly off so this could be Colm Wiley who was a Fianna Fail Councillor on Clare County Council for 30 years. http://www.clarechampion.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2535:celebration-event-for-former-councillor&catid=60:east-clare&Itemid=56
John Cronin There was a John Cronin who was Fianna Fail Councillor and Mayor of Limerick between 2002 and 2003. I don’t think I’m in much danger of being sued by anyone on this Committee in fairness so unless anyone has any other info? http://www.u.tv/articles/article.aspx?cat=news&guid=2ddba649-c0d5-4ec4-b0cd-0e5132d852c8
Paddy Boland Not sure about this one but Sinead Dooley, grandniece of Patrick Boland first Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly (nee Boland) might be able to help us out with whether he is a relative or not…

Mel Kelleher No information available with regard to this member of the Committee.
http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/14087/1
/Midlands_Prison_Visiting_Committee_Annual_Report_2 009.pdf

Mining Board

Monaghan Education Centre

Monaghan Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Monaghan Vocational Education Committee

Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee

Stephen Langton Chair
Betty Minihane
Noel Cloak
Liam Hogan (Vice Chair)
Paul McKay
Michael Good
JJ Murphy
Extraordinarily enough and all credit to the above Committee there appears to be no Fianna Fail/PD connections here at all as far as I can see. Even better this Committee went public on the conditions inside Mountjoy Jail and pointed out that drugs and weapons were being smuggled inside, basically taking Dermot Ahern’s Department to task publicly on issues with the prison.
Credit where credit is due this Committee seems to have made great effort to do the job they undertook to do. http://www.iprt.ie/contents/1429

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:24 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Na to Nc

National Adult Learning Council

National Advisory Committee on Drugs

National Archives

National Authority for Occupational Safety & Health

National Asset Management Agency Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan confirmed to
Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar on 13th January 2011 that Mr Jim Kelly was appointed to the NAMA Audit Committee over the Christmas period 2010/January 2011. He is to receive fee of €1,000 per meeting subject to a maximum of €10,000 pa. 'Mr Kelly was appointed from a list of appropriately qualified persons'. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-13.852.0

National Building Agency As Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley made the following appointments to the Board of the National Building Agency between 14 December 2010 and 13 January 2011. The appointments are for a fixed term between January and December 2011. Responding to a Written Question placed on the Oireachtas record by Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael; ‘ The Board is an interim Board and has been appointed to oversee the parallel tasks of the closure of the NBA and establishing the new Agency. The interim board is made up of 8 members, 4 of whom have been reappointed from the previous NBA Board. The 4 new appointments consist of 2 Civil Servants, a local authority official and 1 other. The previous NBA Board had 12 members, 9 of whom were paid fees. Under the new arrangements, only 3 appointees are in receipt of fees.’ Page 688/689 of the Oireachtas record of Dail proceedings 13th January 2011 http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/01/13/unrevised2.pdf
Rich Howlin Ministerial Re-Appointment fees 11,970. Fianna Fail party trustee Rich Howlin was reappointed as chairman of the National Building Agency, which paid €11,970 last year. Mr Howlin, a trustee of the party since 1993, is a former director of Coillte. http://www.archiseek.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=6511&start=925 Rich Howlin was appointed to Chair the National Building Agency.
John O'Connor was a new appointee to the same board by John Gormley. I believe this is the same John O'Connor (but trying currently to confirm) who was appointed chairperson of the Board of An Bord Pleanala for a seven-year term with effect from May 6, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of Assistant Secretary in the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in charge of the Planning and Development Division. His areas of responsibility covered planning, spatial planning, urban and village development, construction, water services and public private partnerships. Before that, he served as Principal Officer in the Housing Policy and Finance Section of the Department and as the Department's Finance Officer. He obtained a diploma in Public Administration from UCD. http://www.irishblogs.ie/similar-to/re-appointment-of-j...nala/
The other appointees including Fianna Fail party trustee Rich Howlin also seem to have been appointed straight to the National Building Agency Board from the Board of the Housing and Sustainable Communities company. This is a Limited Company whose purpose is carrying out functions in two key areas:
Manage land transferred to it by local authorities under the Land Aggregation Scheme. Source properties under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative.
John O ’Connor* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
Marie McLaughlin* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
John McCloskey Ministerial Re Appointment fees 7,695
Peter Carey* Ministerial New Appointment Nil
Ann McGuinness Ministerial New Appointment fees 7,695
Gordon Richards* Ministerial Re Appointment Nil
http://www.housing.ie/about-us/housing-and-sustainable-communities-ltd.266.html

National Cancer Registry, Ireland

National Cancer Screening Services Board

National Centre for Guidance in Education

National Centre for Partnership and Performance

National Centre for Pharmaeconomics (Ta, CF)

National Centre for Technology in Education

National Childcare Coordinating Committee

National Children's Advisory Council

National College of Art and Design

National College of Ireland

National Competitiveness Council Mary Hanafin made three appointments as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in January 2011. ' Mr. Declan Purcell, Mr. Harry Lorton and Mr. Michael Delaney were all appointed to the Council on 20th January 2011 to fill vacancies created by the resignation of other members. All three are new appointees to the NCC. Appointments to the NCC are made having regard to several factors, including the expertise and experience of the individuals relative to the objectives of the Council, and the balance of skills and attributes in the overall composition of the Council. No remuneration is paid to members of the National Competitiveness Council. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1509.0
Declan Purcell is also Chairman of the Competition Authority for which he is paid 168,000 euros per annum.
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1509.0
Harry Lorton, BBS, MA, FCCA has been Chairman of the Board of KineMatik Limited since 2003 and its Director since 2002. Mr. Lorton worked in the Banking industry for 33 years, 12 of which were spent as Chief Executive Officer of Cork & Limerick Savings Bank, TSB Bank and Permanent TSB. He is a Non-Executive Director of Royal Liver Assurance Limited and also serves as Chairman and Director of a number of private Irish companies involved in leisure, visual communications and property development. Mr. Lorton was a former employee of TSB Bank. He led the TSB Bank for many years and was instrumental in the successful integration of that bank into the Irish Life & Permanent Group. He served as an Executive Director of Irish Life & Permanent plc. from April 20, 2001 to August 31, 2002. Mr. Lorton is a Council Member of the Irish Management Institute. He served as President of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Lorton holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is a graduate of the Owner/President Program of Harvard Business School. http://investing.businessweek.com/businessweek/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=32755337&ticker=IPM:ID&previousCapId=24585547&previousTitle=Mansa%20Equity%20Partners,%20Inc.
Michael Delaney- no confirmation yet as to whether this is the Michael Delaney who is Head of Development at Cork Institute of Technology. Any information much appreciated.

National Concert Hall

National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism

National Consumer Agency

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

National Council for Special Education Highlighted for absorbtion into the Dept of Education and Social Affairs in the 'An Snip Nua' report published in June 2009.

National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery

National Council on Ageing and Older People

National Crime Council

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:28 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Nat (con'td) -NL

National Development Agency

National Development Plan Community Support Framework Evaluation Unit

National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Office

National Development Plan Community Support Framework Information Technology Unit

National Disability Authority Minister of State for Disability John Moloney appointed one
person to the National Disability Authority in January 2011, James O’Grady Assistant National Director, Disability Services.

National Drugs Strategy Team

National Economic and Social Development Office The June 2009 'An Snip Nua' report from Colm McCarthy identified a potential saving of 4million euro per annum from discontinuing funding for this quango 'with the exception of the National Economic and Social Council

National Economic and Social Forum

National Education Welfare Board Highlighted for absorbtion into the D/E&S in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

National Employment Rights Authority The National Employment Rights Authority and the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland were identified in the June 2009 McCarthy report recommendations as quangos which could be usefully mergged into one Work Place Inspectorate saving some 5million euros per annum in the process. This merger appears not to have happened as NERA are still releasing press statements under their own banner into 2011.


National Framework Committee for Work/Life Balance

National Forum on Europe

National Gallery of Ireland

National Haemophilia Council

National Library of Ireland

National Maternity Hospital

National Milk Agency

National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme
(huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)

National Property Services Regulatory Authority

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

National Rehabilitation Authority

National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan
appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html
The June 2009 McCarthy report identified potential savings to the state of some 3million euro per annum in merging the National Roads Authority with the Railway Procurement Agency.

National Safety Council

National Salmon Commission

National Social Work Qualifications Board

National Standards Authority Ireland

National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December
2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).
Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.
Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.
Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.
Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;

THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.
Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.
Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.
Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?
Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager
Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;


‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/
Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/
Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?
Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.
Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission

National Development Finance Agency

National Social Work Qualifications Board

National Sports Campus Development Authority 'Sports Campus Ireland' was
highlighted for discontinuation of funding in the 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009.

National Standards Authority of Ireland

National Statistics Board

National Tourism Development Agency

National Traveller Accomodation Committee

National Treatment Purchase Fund

National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)

Navan Education Centre

National University of Ireland

National Youth Work Advisory Council

New Ross Port Authority

Harbour Master Captain Luke Foley (as recently as 2008 although any update on whether Capt. Foley is still HM at New Ross would be appreciated)
Mark Minihan (Chairman, Fees 2009 €3,825) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. Mark is a member of the New Ross Chamber of Commerce for over forty years and is an active member of the local community being also a member of a local school board. He was appointed first ‘lay’ Chairman of the CNBS National School in New Ross. Also Captains the Galley Restaurant which cruises from New Ross North Quay along scenic routes on the three rivers to Inistioge, towards St. Mullins or downriver depending on tides. Looks like a nice day out this time of year it has to be said. Nice local business and Mark is a fellow that obviously puts a lot into the community so on the basis that one honest turns deserves another here’s a link to the Galley Restaurant cruise; http://www.rivercruises.ie/cruise.htm (No political affiliation evident)
Joan Murphy (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey . Joan was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Kilkenny elected in 2009 but stood as an Independent in 2004 and 2009 unsuccessfully.
Tom Clarkin (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. I suspect this the Tom Clarkin who is PRO for the Michael O’Hanrahan Fianna Fail Cumann New Ross. Past Captain of New Ross Golf Club. http://www.munster-express.ie/community-notes/newross/new-ross-24/
Rosie Kehoe (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. No political affiliation evident.
Martin Murphy (Fees 2009 €1,575) Appointed by Noel Dempsey. I suspect this is Fianna Fail Councillor Martin Murphy from Corderraun New Ross.
Cllr and former Fianna Fail TD Sean Connick Appointed by Noel Dempsey in 2004. Lost his seat in the February General Election.
(Fine Gael) Cllr Larry O’Brien Appointed by Noel Dempsey in 2004. Councillor for New Ross.

Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta

North Western Regional Fisheries Board

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

NUI Galway

NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:31 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Nat (cont'd-Ns)

National Maternity Hospital

National Milk Agency Anybody know anything about the retired Garda Sergeant who is a member of the National Milk Agency (see below) and also seems to have a fierce attachment to consumer protection- very little problem being appointed a Treasurer for the Consumers Association? Can find almost nothing about him online except for his various appointments and would be grateful for any info on him. Nothing obvious about him except for appointments online.

National Milk Agency
The National Milk Agency was established by the Oireachtas to regulate the supply of milk for liquid consumption throughout the State in accordance with the provisions of the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994.
Chairman Denis Murphy was appointed as the first Chairman of the National Milk Agency on its establishment in 1994. A graduate in commerce from UCC he also holds an MBA degree from UCC and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. As a Fulbright scholar he studied farmer co-operatives, corporate strategy and finance at the University of Minnesota. He has served as a member of the Industrial Development Authority and a director of the Irish Dairy Board, the National Dairy Council and the Irish Dairy Industries Association and was the Irish representative on the processing costs working group of the European Dairy Industries Association. He was chief executive and previously financial controller and secretary of Ballyclough Co-operative Creamery, deputy chief executive of Dairygold Co-operative Society, and group financial controller and previously management accountant of Mitchelstown Co-operative Agricultural Society. In his early career he was a business advisory officer with ICOS. (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).
Chief Executive Muiris Ó Céidigh is the Agency's founding Chief Executive. He was responsible for implementing the national regulatory system established by the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 within the liquid milk sector. He has extensive experience of public management and regulation. He holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen's University Belfast. As a solicitor with B.A. and LL.B. in law, prior to being appointed to the Agency, he was the first to be awarded the O'Reilly Prize in commercial law by Sir Anthony O'Reilly and subsequently gained extensive experience as a commercial lawyer specialising in banking and financial product development with one of Ireland's largest commercial law firms - A & L Goodbody. He has fifteen years experience as a regulator in the liquid milk sector. He holds an M. Sc. (Econ)(Public Policy) and an MBA from Trinity College specialising in liquid milk product development at Avonmore Liquid Milk Division.

Agency Members

Producer’s Representative Eamonn Bray dairy farmer from Delvin, Co. Westmeath. He has been farming over thirty five years and has currently milking some ninety five cows. He currently hold various positions within the Dairy Industry: a member of the Board of the National Milk Agency, Chairman of the IFA's National Liquid Milk Committee, a member of IFA's National Executive, a Director of the National Dairy Council, a Director of the Dairy Research Levy Board and a Member of Glanbia's PLC Council. His former positions include: Chairman of Westmeath IFA, a member of IFA's Dairy Committee and Chairman of Fresh Milk Producers.
Eamonn McEnteggart is a dairy farmer from Knockbridge Co. Louth. Eamonn milks year round with a portion of his milk under Liquid contract to Glanbia. He is married to Theresa and has 4 young children. As Chairman of the Fresh Milk Producers he represents over 1000 liquid Milk farmers supplying Glanbia. He believes all Liquid Milk Farmers deserve adequate compensation for the extra work, time and cost in supplying year round milk.
Processor’s Representative Frank Tobin was appointed to the National Milk Agency in May 2007 representing milk processors and is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Glanbia Food Plc's, Consumer Division. Frank has worked with Glanbia Foods Plc and attained national and international experience and having worked in the Food Ingredients, Agri-Trading, Meat, Corporate and Consumer Foods Divisions of Glanbia at a senior level over many years within the Finance and Operations functions.
Consumer’s Representative Richard Donohue’s current positions include, Incoming treasurer of The Consumers Association of Ireland, member of the National Milk Agency, member of the Department of Agriculture Consumer Liaison Panel and a member of The Department of Education, National Council for Guidance in Education. He is a retired sergeant in An Garda Síochana.
Retailer’s Representative John Foster is a Peace Commissioner (Wicklow) and was President RGDATA (1981 - 1985 and 1995 - 1997). He is also a director of Sash Ltd. http://www.icos.ie/home/index.asp

National Monitoring Committee Overseeing the Operation of the Rapid Programme (huh?)

National Museum of Ireland As Minister for Culture, Ms Hanafin made six appointments to the National Museum of Ireland, five of which were new. Prof Dervilla MX Donnelly, Prof Peter Woodman, Dr Chris Nicholas, Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Máirín de Brún, Mary Crotty.
In a reply to Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar Hanafin stated; ‘Professor Donnelly was reappointed. She originally served from 2 May 2005 to 2 May 2010. The remainder are new appointments. Both Professor Donnelly and Professor Woodman are members of the Royal Irish Academy and the appointments were made under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(c)) (Number 11 of 1997).

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the RDS and was appointed under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Section 19(3)(a)) (Number 11 of 1997). Professor Gearoid O’Tuathaigh is a historian and academic, Ms Máirín de Brún a linguist and retired public servant and Ms Mary Crotty is an expert in marketing and public relations. The remuneration as sanctioned by the Department of Finance for membership of the board of the National Museum of Ireland is currently €5,985.’ http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.1224.0&m=871

National Oil Reserves Agency(aka Shell Ireland?)

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Pensions Reserve Commission(bye bye lads)

National Property Services Regulatory Authority

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

National Rehabilitation Authority

National Road Safety Authority (check for dupes above/below)

National Treatment Purchase Fund Acting as Minister for Health Mary Coughlan
appointed appointed Joan Ryan as an ordinary member of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Ordinary members of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund are entitled to an annual fee of €7,000 which is also subject to the OPOS (one person one salary) principle. Ms Ryan was appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-01-25.777.0

National Roads Authority Former Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey appointed David Alcorn, Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor to the Board of the National Roads Authority in January 2011. The Board of the NRA received fees in total in the sum of 98,000 euros in 2010. Mr Alcorn has received almost 120,000 euros in fees from such appointments between 2005 and 2009.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealing-full-extent-of-cronyism-in-boards-2507433.html

National Safety Council

National Salmon Commission

National Social Work Qualifications Board

National Standards Authority Ireland

National Social Work Qualifications Board

National Sports Campus Development Authority

National Statistics Board

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:32 AM
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National Treasury Management Agency

National Transport Authority

John Fitzgerald (Chairperson), appointed December 2009; Our old friend and Trustee of Common Purpose Ireland pops up yet again. Also a member of the Board of the HSE and a Board Member of An Post. (Former member of Grangegorman Development Agency).
Gerry Murphy (Chief Executive), appointed December 2009; ‘Mr. Murphy has been CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency since June 2007. Prior to that he was head of Public Private Partnerships and Network Tolling at the National Roads Authority. An engineer by profession, he has project managed very large infrastructural projects (e.g. Dublin Port Tunnel, Finglas Bypass) and has been particularly involved in private financing between public and private sectors.’ http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=125 . Worth noting that Chairman John Fitzgerald was also a member of the Grangegorman Development Agency which makes three members of Common Purpose I’ve found so far who sat on that Board and have been promoted to other Boards since.
Hugh Creegan is the newest Board Member, approved December 2010 (Director of Transport Planning and Investment). Was formerly Head of PPP Commercial Operations & Strategic Planning at the National Roads Authority.
Philip l’Estrange (Director of Finance) and another former member of the Grangegorman Development Agency who reported to Gerry Murphy above in that role. Must be difficult keeping the old conflicts of interest at bay here because part of the Grangegorman redevelopment (costing about half a billion euros of public money) also involved two new road projects from the National Roads Authority which given the connections between National Transport, National Roads and Grangegorman Development Agency would need to be squeaky clean.
Kathleen Doyle (Director of Taxi Regulation) Frank Fahey won’t be pleased that the Commission for Taxi Regulation wasn’t disbanded but appears to have become a sub-directorate of the National Transport Authority with the Regulator moving with it;
THE Commission for Taxi Regulation is an " ineffective, wasteful bureaucracy that should be disbanded", the chairman of the Dail's Transport committee claimed last night. Fianna Fail Galway West TD Frank Fahey said he will table a motion seeking to disband the office after Commissioner Kathleen Doyle appeared before the committee yesterday to provide a progress report on further reforms to improve the industry. He was clearly unimpressed after hearing her response to a recommendation by the committee last year to provide more space for taxis at taxi ranks in major centres around the country. "I think your answer sums up all that is wrong with your organisation and control of the administration of the taxi industry in this country," he said. He said her claim the commission can only provide guidelines to local authorities on the matter is "a load of gobbledygook". "There is total chaos in regard to spaces. This committee made a very simple request to you 12 months ago," he said. "We've just got nowhere." Ms Doyle said she was "very disappointed that the committee hasn't acknowledged the hard work the commission has done". http://www.independent.ie/national-news/wasteful-watchdog-for-taxis-should-go-1934602.html Kathleen was apparently deputy Commissioner to the previous Commissioner Gert Deering.
Ms. Linda Saunders, appointed December 2009; Senior Executive Planner, Dublin Transportation Office. There may be an issue here as Board Members get a fee plus expenses and mileage but Ms Saunders is already in receipt of a public service salary. Believe that there is scope for civil servants to keep Board fees on top of civil service salary but that is with the permission of the Minister at the Department concerned.
Dr. Berna Grist appointed December 2009; Berna is a former member of An Bord Pleanála. She is a barrister and town planner and is currently on leave of absence from UCD, where she was a lecturer in planning law in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning. Dr Grist is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environment Policy. She is a barrister and chartered town planner specialising in planning law and has substantial experience, having previously been a member of An Bord Pleanala as well as serving as Deputy Chairperson of the
Aquaculture Licenses Appeals Board.
Mr. Frank King, appointed December 2009; Believe he is a taxidriver representative or owner operator?
Mr. John Tierney (Dublin City Manager), appointed December 2009; John Tierney is the Dublin City Manager. He was appointed to this position on 7th of September 2006. John has extensive experience in the Local Authority Sector, including previous positions as Galway City Manager and Fingal County Manager
Mr. Damian Usher, appointed December 2009 by Minister Noel Dempsey;
‘TRANSPORT minister Noel Dempsey has declined to comment after appointing one of his personal friends to a €12,600-a-year post with a newly-established quango. Damian Usher, a former bank manager from Co Meath, was appointed to the board of the National Transport Authority late last year. Fianna Fáil sources said Usher had canvassed for Noel Dempsey in previous elections. They said he was a close personal friend of the minister. A spokeswoman for the minister's department said Dempsey would not be commenting on any of the people who had been appointed to the National Transport Authority. Usher, when contacted by the Sunday Tribune, confirmed he had applied and was appointed as part of the process. He said: "I would prefer not to make any comment at all." http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/jan/31/minister-silent-on-friends-12600-quango-post/

Ms. Valerie O’Reilly, appointed March 2010;
‘The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, this week confirmed the appointment of Valerie O'Reilly, Grange, Clonmel to the National Transport Authority (NTA) state board. North Tipp Deputy Michael Lowry nominated Valerie as a suitable candidate for consideration for this state board appointment and she was successful in the nomination process. Valerie set up Unicorn PR in 2003. Unicorn PR is now established as a successful marketing and public relations company, with a wide and varied client base. She acts as communications consultant for many leading companies. She has assignments with a number of key development projects and several community initiatives and is also a director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a first class Honours Masters Degree in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University. http://www.nationalist.ie/news/local/valerie_o_reilly_appointed_to_national_transport_a uthority_1_2251486
Here's some PR blurb Valerie's company Unicorn PR wrote up for Lowry's 'Las Thurles' casino project on 1 Nov 2010 http://www.unicornpr.ie/the-tipperary-venue-thurles-receives-planning-approval-for-e460-million-sporting-cultural-leisure-development/
Mrs. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, appointed March 2010; Possibly the
Margaret O’Shaughnessy of Foyne Flying Boat Museum?
Mr. Jim Deegan, appointed June 2010; MD of Coolway Services Ltd trading as Railtours Ireland.
Vacancy for ordinary member;

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission

National Development Finance Agency

National Tourism Development Agency

National Traveller Accomodation Committee

National Treatment Purchase Fund

National Treasury Management Agency Advisory (check for dupes)

Navan Education Centre

National University of Ireland A somewhat hair-raising note on page 26 of the McCarthy report known as 'An Snip Nua' from June 2009 says 'discontinue funding the National University of Ireland' which made me catch my breath until I realised from the projected savings (3million per annum) it was likely to mean the quango rather than the university system itself.

National Youth Work Advisory Council

Nitrogin Eireann Teoranta

North Western Regional Fisheries Board

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

NUI Galway

NUI Maynooth

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:37 AM
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Offaly County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Offaly Vocational Education Committee

Office for Tobacco Control

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner along with the Office of the Ombudsman and Office of the Children's Ombudsman. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Office of the Film Censor(Since merged and renamed-check)

Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Office of the Ombudsman

Office of the Information Commissioner

Office of the Inspector of Prisons

Office of the Chief Medical Officer for the Civil Service

Office of the Appeal Commissioners

Office of Public Works

Office of the Appeal Commissioners for the purposes of the Tax Acts

Oifig Choimisineir na d'Teangacha Ofigiula

Ombudsman for Children, Office of the Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner along with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.

Ombudsman, Office of the Identified in the McCarthy 'An Snip Nua' report in June 2009 as suitable for folding into a reconstituted Ombudsman Commissioner's office along with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman for Children. No progress to report as there is no sign that this recommendation has been acted upon as far as I can see.

Ombudsman for the Defence Forces

Opticians Board

Ordnance Survey Ireland The OSB were highlighted in Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 as suitable for merger with the Property Registration Agency.

Outside Appointments Board

Parole Board

Patents Agents Board (check for dupe below)

Patents Office

Peace Commissioners Minister for Justice and Law Reform Dermot Aherne appointed the following people as Peace Commissioners;
Laurence Butler Jnr. Dublin 25/11/10
Margaret Mullally Kerry 25/11/10
Pat Griffin Kerry 26/11/10
Garrett Greene Clare 26/11/10
John Murphy Cork 26/11/10
Daragh Long Dublin 26/11/10
Richard Tierney Kilkenny 26/11/10
Breda English Kilkenny 26/11/10
Patsy Connolly Leitrim 26/11/10
Eddie Rocks Louth 26/11/10
John Quinlan Offally 26/11/10
Frank Fox Leitrim 30/11/10
Bertie Wall Limerick 03/12/10
Leo McMahon Monaghan 03/12/10
Shane Gallagher Leitrim 03/12/10
Denis Sheerin Leitrim 03/12/10
Pat Brennan Cork 03/12/10
Eugene McGowan Leitrim 08/12/10
Donal Barry Waterford 08/12/10
Fergal O’Sullivan Dublin 13/12/10
John O’Reilly Westmeath 22/10/10
Edward O’Mahony Cork 22/12/10
Kathleen Phelan Kildare 22/12/10
Rody Kelly Carlow 22/12/10
Mairtin Butterly Dublin 31/12/10
Dennis Mahon Kildare 31/12/10

Pensions Board This quango is one of those identified by Colm McCarthy in his An Snip Nua report which could deliver savings by being folded into the Financial Regulator's office along with the Health Insurance Authority. The Financial Regulator's office has since of course been taken over by the Central Bank (2010).

Pensions Ombudsman This quango was identified by Colm McCarthy in his 2009 An Snip Nua report as a canididate to be folded into the office of the Financial Services Ombudsman as a cost saving. As of 14 March 2011 it looks like this quango is still operating independently.

Performance Verification Group: Civil Service

Performance Verification Group: Education Sector

Performance Verification Group: Health Service

Performance Verification Group: Justice and Equality Sector

Performance Verification Group: Local Government

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Pobal

Poisons Council

Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee
Tom Colgan (Chairman) There is a Tom Colgan described as a ‘veteran Fianna Fail organiser’ in Laois.
Anne Turley No indication of party connections I can see
Eilish Croke Eilish appears to be a nursing and midwifery professional or at least a HSE employee of some kind. No political connections visible.
Michael Hough There is a Michael Hough who was an unsuccessful Fianna Fail candidate in the 1999 local elections in the Borrisokane ward in North Tipperary but unsure if this is the same chap. Does look like it though as I’ve just seen a secondary source which looks reliable.
Susan Meagher Former South Tipp Fianna Fail Councillor
William Foley No indication of party connections I can see
Tim Long Looks like unsuccessful Fianna Fail local election candidate for Castleconnell in Limerick in 2004

Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

Press Council of Ireland

Prisons Authority Interim Board

Private Residential Tenancies Board

Private Security Appeals Board

Private Security Authority

Probation Service[/B]

Property Registration Authority who Emily O'Reilly has criticised (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ombudsman-blasts-rise-in-state-secrecy-2156894.html) for being removed from the scope of the FoI Act .
Dermot Ahern appointments, four year terms.
John T. Coleman-€20,250, Served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman served as an Head of the College of Business and Law at University College Cork in Ireland from May 2006 to June 2007. He has been a Director of Nortek Inc. since July 1, 2010 and Rosetta Stone Inc., since May 2006. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at the School of Economics in the University College Cork. He served as a Director ... of Bose Corporation from July 2001 to July 2005. Mr. Coleman holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and also holds a Diploma in Personnel Management, a Diploma in Training and Development and a Diploma in Management Studies from Irish Management Institute.
Maire Whelan-€11,970 SC and has published a NAMA reference guide
Una Woods-€11,970 UL
Paul McSweeney-€11,970 CEO Local Government Management Agency, formerly Assistant National Director at HSE
Denis A. Byrne-€11,970
More names that didn't feature in the ministers reply. (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-07.1796.0)
Mr. Seamus Carroll, (Civil Law Reform Division, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform)
Mr. Michael Kelly
Mr. Peter Savage
Mr. Roderick Tyrrell
Mr. Michael Edwards (Staff Member)[/QUOTE]

Public Appointments Service

Public Services Benchmarking Body (bye bye lads)

Public Transport Partnership Forum

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:39 AM
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Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Railway Procurement Agency The June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'An Snip Nua' recommended that the RPA be merged with the National Roads Authority, identifying a possible saving to the state of 3million euros per annum.

Railway Safety Advisory Council

Railway Safety Commission Colm McCarthy's 'An Snip Nua' report of June 2009 recommended that consideration be given to merging the Railway Safety Commission, the Road Safety Authority, the Maritime Safety Directorate and the Irish Aviation Authority.

Registrar of Friendly Societies, Office of the Recommended for merger with the Companies Registration Office in the June 2009 McCarthy report known as 'Snip Nua' identifying a 500,000 europ per annum saving. I think both of these quangos come under the purview of the Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Employment so they should have been merged by 15 March 2011?

Registration of Titles Rules Committee

Registry of Deeds

RELAY

Remembrance Commission

Rent Tribunal

Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) members listed as follows were re-appointed with effect from 1st January 2011 by Mary Coughlan . These members were initially appointed following a competitive interview process.
Dr Helen Cummiskey (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Ruth Pilkington (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Ann O’Brien (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Mary Concannon-Bluett (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Darina Conlon (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
John Campbell (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Fionnuala O’Loughlin (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr Harry Bugler (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Ms Samantha Cruess Callaghan (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Dr William Delaney (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
Chairperson of the Residential Institutions Review Committee (RIRC) and the five ordinary members listed as follows were re-appointed with effect from 1st January 2011 by Mary Coughlan. These members were initially appointed following a competitive interview process.
— Mr Justice Frank Murphy retired Supreme Court judge (Chairperson) (Will be paid at the same rate as a Supreme Court Judge subject to abatement to take account of his pension)
— Judge John Buckley [COLOR="Red"](Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr Colm Gaynor (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Ms Ita Mangan (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr Brendan Gogarty (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
— Mr John Dalton. (Will be paid at the rate of 688 euros per day)
http://www.finegael.ie/upload/StateAppointmentsDecember2010.pdf

Revenue Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Service(bye bye lads)

River Moy Commissioners

Revenue Commissioners, Office of the

Roscommon County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm
McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Roscommon Vocational Education Committee

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Royal Irish Academy

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (Board?)

RTE Authority

Tom Savage, Former Chairman of Communications Clinic. Savage has advised successive Taoisigh since Jack Lynch on PR and media skills. Savage’s partner Terry Prone is now Chairman of Communications Clinic. Savage was appointed head of the Interim RTE Authority by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan in February 2009. http://www.businessandleadership.com/leadership/item/12522-tom-savage-appointed-chair
Both Tom Savage and Terry Prone originally ran Carr Communications which was set up by former RTE presenter Bunny Carr. Their son Anton Savage periodically stood in for Ryan Tubridy and other RTE presenters on RTE shows. Savage began his media career working as a researcher on Today FM’s breakfast show Daybreak, when the station was in its infancy as Radio Ireland. http://www.sbpost.ie/mediaandmarketing/savage-to-front-business-show-on-today-fm-52964.html
Patricia Quinn, CEO of Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange. (Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange is a new social enterprise which will ‘transform the infrastructure for the nonprofit sector in Ireland’. Patricia is a former consultant in the ‘Non-Profit Organization Management industry’.
Patricia is a former Director of Arts Council Ireland November 1996 — May 2004) and was for four years Cultural Director of Temple Bar Properties. Patricia lists her experience within the Corporate Social Responsibility industry on her ‘personal and professional’ website. http://www.patriciaquinn.ie/
Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange was formerly known as Guidestar Ireland which was a European network partner for nonprofit enterprise which is set up as a kind of directory and information exchange for the sector across Europe and is in operation in the US and UK.
Karlin Lillington, Technology Correspondent, The Irish Times. Appointed in 2009 by Eamon Ryan. There may be an interesting backstory to Ms Lillington … a spat via blogs broke out between Damien Mulley and Karlin over comments made by Lillington in an article she wrote in September 2007 which now seems to have disappeared from Karlin’s blog or at least ‘the page you were looking for has not been found’.
It appears that some bloggers accused Karlin of shilling for the government with comments allegedly supporting comments attributed to Eamon Ryan to the effect that ‘90% of Ireland had broadband’ during a broadcast discussion on the state of the knowledge economy in Ireland.
Mulley apparently took issue with Lillington’s comments to the effect that most of Ireland did not want broadband (EDIT- see below]*
Either way some commentators were annoyed with a perceived lack of journalistic balance in Lillington’s comments.
*‘I have written at least three columns on this (which I guess no one read! LOL). I raised the issue again with Richard Aldiss (filling in for George Hook) on the radio on Monday, as an *additional* (note: not the ONLY) issue of importance and one I think is consistently overlooked. There are literally tens — hundreds? — of thousands of people who CAN get broadband now, many from more than one supplier, at a price that isn’t that much higher or lower than anywhere else, but the reality is: they don’t. They simply DON’T see any advantage to having broadband at home, and neither do many Irish businesses. 'The big issue is not coverage any longer, folks. The really, really big issue here is that MOST people still do not WANT broadband. This is true, and has been to varying degrees for years.’
‘Lack of demand IS an issue’ http://www.techno-culture.com/?s=broadband
Damien Mulley’s comments amid the ensuing flamewar http://www.mulley.net/2007/09/04/eamon-ryan-bullshits-on-newstalk-while-karlin-turns-into-dcmnr-apologist/
Alan Gilsenan, Film/Documentary maker. A prize winning documentary maker and theatre director with a long list of impressive credits to his name.
February 2010 by the Irish Times so no link;'Last week Mr Ryan put a stay on the appointment of candidates recommended by himself and the Oireachtas committee to the boards of both RTÉ and the new Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and sought advice that the appointment of people to the boards who were themselves involved with broadcasting complied with the Broadcasting Act.
The Minister for Communications appeared before the Oireachtas committee on communications yesterday evening to clarify the delay in appointing nominees.
“The Attorney General’s advice is very clear, so it gives us real confidence that we can proceed,” he told the committee.’
Fergus Armstrong, Former Chairman, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors. Fergus Armstrong currently practises exclusively as a mediator. He has work experience gained as a lawyer with Aer Lingus (1969-74) and with McCann FitzGerald, Dublin (Partner 1974-2005; Chairman/Managing Partner 1987-1993). Mr Armstrong is a graduate of University College Dublin and Harvard Law School. He is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London. He has attended Master Classes and Advanced Mediator Training given by Mediation and Training Alternatives (MATA), London. His work has spanned disputes in the commercial and financial area, workplace, family, separation and divorce and claims based on sexual harassment and abuse. He began legal practice in Sligo and subsequently worked with Aer Lingus as company solicitor.Later he joined McCann FitzGerald where he served as managing partner and chairman. http://www.themii.ie/conference/workshops/sunday-workshops-11-30-13-00/
An interesting sidebar to Fergus Armstrong’s career at McCann Fitzgerald is that he was one of the lawyers mentioned in the Moriarty Tribunal transcript as giving advice to the Directors of ESAT Digifone in November 1997 around the time of the ESAT initial public offering.
Mr Armstrong is mentioned in the transcript of the Moriarty Tribunal, (page numbers not present on this long transcript but use the ‘find’ function on your toolbar under the little spanner icon top right of your toolbar and you’ll see it quite quickly) ( http://www.moriarty-tribunal.ie/images/transcript_171.pdf )
Sean O'Sullivan Managing Director, Seabrook Research Ltd. Sean is also a member of the Management Development Council which appears to be an offshoot of Forfas http://www.managementdevelopmentcouncil.ie/members/seanosullivan.html and is Chairman of a number of start-up companies in the Cork region. He is Vice Chairman of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and a member of the Consumer Consultative Panel of the Financial Regulator. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Business Information Systems Degree at University College Cork and has also been appointed as Chairman of the Implementation Board of the Financial Services Innovation Centre at UCC.
http://www.business2000.ie/pdf/pdf_3/enter_3rd_ed.pdf

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:42 AM
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Quangos Sa to Sh

Safefood the Food Safety Promotion Board is the body responsible for the promotion of food safety in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It It appears to have some connection with Brussels as the web address is http://www.safefood.eu/en/
Chief Executive Officer Martin Higgins has led safefood since its inception in December 1999. Martin Higgins started his career at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in 1972. In 1979 he moved to the Department of Health, specialising initially in finance, but later concentrating on legislation, North South cooperation and policy development. Martin holds professional qualifications in accountancy and health economics.
Dr Gary A. Kearney is Director of Food Science and leads the chemistry/toxicology and microbiology disciplines within the organisation.
Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan is Director: Human Health and Nutrition with safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board. Dr Foley-Nolan directs the public health and nutrition functions of the organisation.
Fiona Gilligan – Director, Marketing and Communications As Director of Marketing & Communications with safefood, Fiona has overall responsibility for the development of safefood’s communications strategy, which involves the promotion and understanding of core food safety and nutrition messages among consumers on the island of Ireland.
Ms Gilligan has worked with safefood for 7 years, formerly as Communications Manager with the organisation. She was heavily involved in the development of safefood’s initial communication function. Prior to joining safefood, Fiona worked with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) as Communications Executive and before that was Business Development Manager with the Food Innovation Centre in Ballina.
Ray Dolan – Director, Corporate Operations safefood's Director, Corporate Operations, has previously held positions with organisations as diverse as the European Space Agency in Rome and the Comptroller and Auditor General in Dublin, as well as with safefood's sister organisation, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Reporting directly to the chief executive, Ray has responsibility for information technology, finance, human resources, administration and equality issues. A qualified CIPFA accountant, he also holds a masters in public management obtained from the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.
Advisory Body
Chair - Mr John Dardis A native of Co Kildare, educated at Newbridge College and University College Dublin, where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science, Mr Dardis was engaged in beef and tillage farming for many years. He has also worked as an agricultural journalist and was Arable Editor with the Irish Farmers Journal for 21 years, and was Agricultural Journalist of the Year in 1978. A former Chairman of the Progressive Democrats, Mr Dardis was a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989 to 2007, serving as Deputy Leader of the Seanad for 10 years. He served on Kildare County Council from 1991 to 2003. Other appointments include membership of the National Forum for Europe; the All-party Committee on the Constitution; the Joint Committee on European Affairs 1979 to 2007. Mr Dardis was also an alternate member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body 2002 to 2007.
Vice Chairman - Mr Campbell Tweedie Mr Tweedie has extensive senior management experience of the Northern Ireland agri-food industry as well as considerable international experience. He pioneered the establishment of an international processing business which is at the cutting edge of developments in retail packaging and meeting the requirements of multiple retailers in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries. Mr Tweedie holds directorships in several companies and is President of the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters' Association. He also has interests in livestock farming and is a member of the board of the Livestock and Meat Commission.
Mr Seamus Sheridan As well as being committed to the development of quality cheese production in Ireland Seamus is a strong advocate of the development of local markets and is keenly interested in the environmental impact of food production. He has organised and taught cooking classes for children and is an active member of Slowfood. Seems to have very good connections within the Green Party as he was one of four speakers at the launch of a foodie initiative with Trevor Sargent in March/April 2009 and was in attendance at the Green Party convention according to Ciaran Cuffe http://cuffestreet.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html
Neven Maguire runs the McNean House and Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan, which was established by his parents in 1989. He began cooking at 12 years of age in the kitchen of the family restaurant. He gained experience in many prestigious Michelin Star restaurants in Belfast, Berlin, Luxembourg and Spain before taking over the family business in 2003. He was resident chef on RTE’s afternoon programme “Open House” for six years and has featured in many other TV programmes and series.
Jane Wells is Managing Director of JPR, a Belfast-based public relations agency. She holds a joint honours degree in English and French from Queen’s University and a post-graduate certificate in Education. Before entering the PR field she was a teacher working in Paris and Jamaica. She has extensive experience at European level, having worked in Strasbourg and Brussels. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Ms Wells is a former Chairman of the CIPR Northern Ireland branch. Susan Heraghty Having started her career in the fashion industry in London, Ms Heraghty returned to Ireland in 1992 and became involved in the restaurant business. Since 1997 she has been proprietor of the Number Thirty Two restaurant in Dundalk.
Dr Ken Baird is a consultant in food safety and technology and was, until recently, Technical Director of Moy Park Ltd. He holds a BSc in Microbiology, a BAgr in Agricultural Bacteriology, and a PhD, all from the Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Dr Baird is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science Technology (IFST); and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). He is a member of the advisory board of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at University of Ulster and of both the Food Safety Promotion Board and of the Scientific Advisory Committee of safefood.
Ms Lynn Ní Bhaoighealláin Ms Ní Bhaoighealláin was born in Dublin and now lives in Killarney, Co Kerry. On completing her secondary education she completed a certificate in journalism before pursuing studies in environmental management and ecology. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment and in European environmental conservation from University College Dublin. Ms Ní Bhaoighealláin works as an ecologist with the Killarney National Park Education Centre and was a (Sinn Fein) candidate for the constituency of Kerry South in the 2007 General Election.
Aoife Healy A graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and with a Business Studies Diploma in Management awarded by the Irish Management Institute, Ms Healy’s career has spanned engineering, recruitment and customer services with a number of international companies. In 2003 she established the Ella Wine Bar in Howth, Co. Dublin. She is a member of the Restaurant Association of Ireland and currently chairs the Association’s North East Branch.
Jo Byrne is a Queen’s University economics graduate, and was a college lecturer before pursuing a political career. He was a member of Omagh District Council from 1993 to 2005 and served as Chairman in 1997. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. Mr Byrne represented West Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly between 1998 and 2003, and was a member of the Assembly committees for regional development; and education, training and employment. He is a former member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.
Con Traas is an applied fruit scientist with a Masters in Agricultural Science in horticulture from University College Dublin. He operates a premium juice manufacturing business, and owns a fruit farm near Cahir, Co. Tipperary. He also holds a part-time position in University of Limerick, where he lectures in horticulture and biology, and conducts research on plant growth regulators, post-harvest science, and fungicide resistance.
Brian Cunningham runs a company engaged in mussel farming in Carlingford Lough. He became a fisherman in his teens, following in a family tradition, and bought his first trawler while still in his twenties. He still maintains a business interest in four trawlers operating from Kilkeel, Co. Down. http://www.safefood.eu/en/About-Us/Who-we-are-2/Key-People/[/url]
http://www.safefood.eu/en/About-Us/Who-we-are-2/Advisory-board/Advisory-Board-Members/

Science Foundation Ireland

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Sealuchais Arachais Teoranta

Shannon Airport Authority

Shannon Development This quango was earmarked in the June 2009 'Snip Nua' report by Colm McCarthy as being suitable for folding into the new superquango at Enterprise Ireland. This was identified as a possible 2million euro annual saving. This merger does not appear to have taken place as as 15 March 2011. Still alive and releasing press releases and updating their website as at 03 March 2011

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:47 AM
Shannon Foynes Port
Quangos Sh (cont'd) to Sz

Shannon Foynes Port Company

'Shannon Foynes Port Company, Ireland’s second largest port operation, has statutory jurisdiction over all marine activities on a 500 km2 area on the Shannon Estuary, stretching from Kerry/Loop Heads to Limerick City. The strategic location of our terminals offers access to the vibrant economy and population of a large part of Ireland. The company provides a variety of services, from controlling navigation and marine safety, to warehousing, logistics and cargo handling. We handle the largest vessels entering Irish waters, up to 200,000 dw.’ http://www.sfpc.ie/
Kay McGuinness (Chair, appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 13,067 euros per annum) ‘Kay has been immersed in politics all her life -she was reared in a Fianna Fail family with her father Lt Col Joe Dundon, officer in command at Sarsfield Barracks, and her mother Birdie (Cunnane) loyal party followers. Then she became a founder member and activist with the PDs - "I very much regret what has happened to the party and I think there's a gap there now in Irish politics for somebody who can move the agenda forward." http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/the_leader_interview_with_kay_mcguinness_and_dermo t_mullane_1_2186514
Kieran MacSweeney (former Chair, resigned 12 June 2008 fees 13,067 euros per annum) Former IBEC mid-west regional executive vice president/managing director of Cybex Ltd in Shannon. He was appointed by Michael ‘Shut up and give jesus all your money’ Woods. http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/1998/01/19/ihead.htm No mention of political affiliation but unikely to have been a socialist at any time. Almost uniquely seems to have appalled even Fianna Fail’s Frank Fahey.
MacSweeney appears to have presided over an interesting period in Shannon Foynes Company’s corporate history. A tale involving boat-hire, disgruntled Fianna Failers, hamfisted investigations, Monks being shown around the harbour and related plotlines at a cost of over 3,500 euros. Pure comedy involving a Garda saying ‘we had a look’… this one should be made into a film. Highly recommended reading: From the Sunday Times 13 December 2009 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6954483.ece
Patrick Keating (Chief Executive, appointed 18 March 2010 but has been an interim CEO for three years prior to that, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Patrick Keating in Shannon Foynes got a €10,575 bonus last year, bringing his salary package to €155,869. In 2009, he received a bonus of €20,253.’ http://www.mlaw.ie/newspaper-archive/10583
Michael Adams (appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident.
Suzanne Bugler, a practising solicitor (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident.
John Carr (appointed 25 Sept 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) No political affiliation evident. Wondering whether this is INTO General Secretary John Carr but cannot confirm at present so that is speculation.
John Dundon of Mullock & Sons Shipbrokers (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) Unfortunate to have to share a name with a notorious John Dundon currently serving a sentence for threatening a witness so with the prospect of an interesting mix-up will leave alone.
John Griffin (resigned 12 June 2008 fees 8,400 euros per annum) Former Fianna Fail Councillor.
Edmund Jennings (resigned 12 June 2008. Appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Local businessman, MD and owner of Cregg Mouldings. I believe this may be Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for Clare in the last General Election. http://www.clarechampion.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5448:leaving-the-civil-war-behind&catid=88:general-election-2011&Itemid=64
Patrick Keane (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fianna Fail County Councillor
Rita McInerney (resigned 12 June 2008. Appointed 25 Sept 2008, fees 8,400 euros per annum) Independent Candidate in 2009 Locals for Ennis West.
David Naughton (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fine Gael Councillor for Rathkeale.
Kieron O’Hanlon (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Fianna Fail Councillor Limerick East.
Ger Reidy (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Believe this is local solicitor Gerard K Reidy from Wallace Reidy solrs Limerick.. No political affiliation evident.

Richard (‘Dick’) Sadlier (appointed 25 Sept 2009, fees 8,400 euros per annum)
Joe Treacy (fees 8,400 euros per annum) Former PD and Fianna Fail Councillor
Expenses and subsistence paid to members of the Board came to just over 12,000 euros in 2009. http://www.sfpc.ie/downloads/SFPC%202009%20Annual%20Report.pdf
Recent corporate governance issues: Some fairly eyebrow raising shenanigans at this Port Company in recent history by all (confidential) accounts.
Kildare Street record of Dail debate on issues at Shannon Foynes including an interesting exchange between Fergus O’Dowd (Louth Fine Gael) and then Minister Noel Dempsey on 10th February 2010. http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-02-10.383.0
‘Shannon Foynes port board accused of acting like a 'secret society' in its dealings’ (Saturday 30th April 2011 Limerick Leader) http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/local/shannon_foynes_port_board_accused_of_acting_like_a _secret_society_in_its_dealings_1_2191931
And:
‘Management at Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) had hoped it had moved on from a past of legal settlements and inquiries into land and tendering deals, but instead the semi-state company finds itself at the centre of fresh allegations made to the Garda fraud unit in Limerick.
The state’s second largest port was embroiled in disputes over property transactions and corporate governance two years ago, and almost €5millionwas accrued in legal bills as a result of High Court actions. They included settlements for a former chief executive, a non executive director, and several other employees who left the company. As a result, SFPC made a loss in 2007.
An internal review by Deloitte auditors commissioned by the board in 2007 - which has never been published, but has been seen by The Sunday Business Post - found numerous breaches of legislation governing the sale of state lands and tendering of services. No further action was taken on the report’s findings.’ (Sunday Business Post ‘Fraud Unit Probes Fresh Shannon Foynes Allegations’ http://www.thepost.ie/story/text/eyaugbeykf/ )

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

Shelton Abbey Visiting Committee

Patrick Fitzgerald (Chair) There’s a Patrick Fitzgerald who was a FF town councillor in Arklow and Dick Roche’s running mate last General Election but I can’t be certain this is the same fellow as yet.
John Byrne There is a John Byrne who is an Arklow Town Councillor with Patrick Fitzgerald and the only other John Byrne I can come up with is a John Byrne who is a Labour Councillor in Bray and I doubt somehow it is him.
Fergus McDonnell Former Progressive Democrat Town Councillor in Edenderry Co Offaly who forst stood as an Independent candidate in 1999 and was elected and stood again in 2004 as a PD and was elected then lost his seat in 2009 before trying out in Laois Offaly in 2011 as an Independent again- unsuccessfully.
Fergus Nestor No information available
John Kierans There is a John Kierans who is a Fianna Fail election agent in Dundalk and I strongly suspect this is the same chap.
Michael Hanrahan There is a Michael Hanrahan who stood as a Fianna Fail candidate in the 1991 locals in the Greenhills ward for South Dublin County Council.
Hugh O’Keeffe Fianna Fail candidate in Baltinglass 1991 and 1999 for Wicklow County Council (unsuccessful)
P J Sheridan Former Fianna Fail Councillor for Clane in Kildare. Stood again in 2004 and 2009 unsuccessfully and had to fall back to his appointment as an assistant classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office (Ifco), where he watches movies and classifies them for a healthy fee. PJ is a former public servant. Some say he still is.
Ex-politicians paid €40,000 to watch films http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6982430.ece
This is a complete pisstake and this Committee along with a few others in this line of business could do with an overhaul.

Skillnets.Ltd

Sligo County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Sligo Education Support Centre

Sligo Harbour Commissioners

Sligo is the only working harbour between Galway and Derry. Two working jetties (Deepwater and Barytes) handle cargoes of coal, timber, fish meal and scrap. The Deepwater Jetty is 77m long and the Barytes Jetty 55m. Ships of 3,500 tonnes, can be accommodated. The maximum draught for vessels is 5.2m, maximum length 110m with bow thrusters and 100m without bow thruster. Work is currently underway on the installation of a floating pontoon at the Timber Jetty. This will allow leisure craft to berth within easy reach of the city and enable local operators to run sight-seeing and fishing trips around Sligo Bay and Innis Murray, which will enhance the tourism potential of Sligo.
http://www.sligococo.ie/Services/SligoHarbour/

As of 13th June 2006 the operations of Sligo Harbour previously carried out by Sligo Harbour Commissioners were transferred to Sligo County Council. http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2006/en/si/0316.html

Sligo IT

Sligo Vocational Education Committee

Small Business Forum - Implementation Group

Social Welfare Appeals Office

Social Welfare Tribunal Board (check name and possible dupe above)

South Western Regional Fisheries Board

Special EU Programmes Body

State Claims Agency

State Claims Agency Policy Committee

State Examinations Committee

State Pathologist's Office

South Cork Enterprise BoardThe June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

South Dublin Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Superior Court Rules Committee

St James' Hospital Board

St Luke's Hospital Board (Hmm)

St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders

Denis Murphy Couple of possibilities but the possibility of mismatching the name with the
wrong person is too great but any info anyone else has is most welcome.

Isabel Hendrick No information available as yet

Yvonne Ní Mhurchú Not sure but this lady may be related (daughter perhaps?) to FF Senator Labhras O’Murchu? They both seem to have strong profiles in Gaelic language institutions and there is an Yvonne Ni Murchu who is a Gaelscoil principal in Longford and Board member of Gailscoileanna Teo. Senator Labhras of course was Director of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri. Apologies to Gaelgoiri if my attempts at spelling have gone awry there.
Gerry Gaughan Stood as a Progressive Democrat candidate for the Balbriggan ward of Finglas County Council in 2004 unsuccessfully.
Victor Boyhan Elected as a Progressive Democrat Councillor in 1999 locals in Blackrock for the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Count Council. Defeated in 2004 and contested again as an Independent without success in 2009. Was an Independent candidate for the General Election in February this year in Dun Laoghaire unsuccessfully.
Cormac Bohan Stood as a Progressive Democrat candidate in the local elections in 2004in Drogheda and in Drogheda West according to ElectionsIreland.org (unsuccessfully) http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=640
John Bielenberg I may be wrong but perhaps this is the John Bielenberg who is a designer from Belfast? http://www.bielenberg.com It is an unusal name and an interesting one if this John is related to the Bielenbergs of the anti-Nazi movement and Von Stauffenberg plot in Germany. The Bielenberg family settled in Carlow after the war and from Wikipedia – “She [Christabel] had three sons, Nicholas, John and Christopher. Nick's son Andy is a historian at University College Cork, Kim works as a journalist in Dublin. Nicholas's wife was Charlotte, daughter of Frizt-Dietlof Von der Schulenberg” (who was one of the prime movers behind the bomb plot against Hitler on July 20 1944). No political affiliations available for John except it looks like he was appointed by Michael McDowell and the family are landowners in Carlow, a sector of the community to which Progressive Democrats were not philosophically opposed;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christabel_Bielenberg
If it is the same John Bielenberg the link above is well worth reading. Incredible story.
Catherine Quinn No clear information to hand as yet.
Paula McCormack There is a Paula McCormack who stood for the Progressive Democrats in 2004 in Tallaght ward for South Dublin County Council unsuccessfully.
Dick O’Leary There is a Dick O’Leary who is a Fianna Fail activist in Dublin http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=925
These names have been picked up from the Oireachtas record from 2010 and 2005 but it is possible the list here includes names of people who may no longer be members of the Committee.The Committee’s annual report is signed only by the Chairman which is not helpful so I’ll proceed on the basis these are the current members unless informed reliably otherwise.

Standards in Public Office Commission

State Laboratory

Sustainable Energy Ireland

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:50 AM
Quango Hammer

Quangos Ta to Tz

Tallaght IT

Tarbert Education Support Centre

Taskforce on Special Aid for the Elderly

Teacher's Arbitration Board

Teaching Council, The

Teagasc

TG4

The Abbey Theatre

The Arts Council

The Building Regulations Advisory Body

The Competition Authority (check for dupe)

The Heritage Council (check to see whether this is yet another Anglo heritage tea party)

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board

The President's Award - Gaisce (check for dupe)

The Teaching Council

Thurles Education Support Centre

Tipperary North County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Tipperary South County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet.

Tipperary Institute(of Technology (Merging with Limerick IT check against McCarthy Snip Nua report- ta Spectabilis)

Tipperary (North Riding) Vocational Education Committee

Tipperary (South Riding) Vocational Education Committee

Top Levels Appointment Committee (check for dupe with PS body)

Tourism College Killybegs

Tourism Ireland (North/South Body)

Trade Mark Agents Board

Training Unit Place of Detention Visiting Committee

Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners
It appears that the operations previously the responsibility of the Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners were transferred to Shannon Foynes Port Company under the Harbours Amendment Act 2009

Tralee Education Support Centre

Tralee Institute of Technology Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Ann O’Dwyer to the Governing Body of the Tralee Institute of Technology on 18th January 2011. Ann O’Dwyer is CEO designate of Kerry Education Service and also a member of the Kerry County Community and Voluntary Forum of the Kerry County Development Board. http://www.kerrycdb.ie/meitheal/section_6.htm
Mary Coughlan acting as Minister, Department of Education and Science appointed Tim O’Donoghue (Tralee), CEO Kerry Diocesan Youth Service to the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology, Tralee on 18th January 2011. Tim is a Kerry Education Service nominee (IoT Acts 1992 -2006).

Trinity College Dublin (check for dupe with 'Board of')

Tuam Education Support Centre

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 10:54 AM
Quango Hammer tidyup exercise
Quangos Ua to Z

Údarás na Gaeltachta

University College Cork

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

Valuation Office Ireland

Valuation Tribunal

Veterinary Council of Ireland

Voluntary Health Insurance Board

Waterford Institute of Technology

Port of Waterford Company

The Port of Waterford Company was originally known as the 'Commissioners for Improving the Port and Harbour of Waterford' and was established in 1816. Later this was shortened to Waterford Harbour Commissioners or known locally as the 'Harbour Board'. In 1998, the organisation was incorporated as the Port of Waterford Company, and operates in the commercial semi-state sector in Ireland. Since it's foundation, the organisation has played a vital role in the development of the city and the region. The company comprises of board of directors, management and staff, focused on delivering the needs of new and existing customers. in the 1990's, commercial shipping operations moved to Belview, some 5 miles downstream of Waterford City, and closer to the sea. Recent developments include a major infrastructure upgrade comprising of 190m quay extension in 2008. This will be followed up by further extension to be added incrementally when required.
Harbour Master Captain Darren Doyle (No political affiliation evident)
Chairman Michael Flynn I strongly suspect that this is former Progressive Democrat Councillor Michael Flynn who was elected to Tramore Town Council in 1999 and stood unsuccessfully for the PD’s in the 2002 General Election.
Chief Executive Officer Stan McIlvenny (OBE); I suspect this is the former CEO of Derry Port Authority. From an Independent article 22 April 2011 ‘In 2007, the Hay consultancy firm was commissioned by then Finance Minister Brian Cowen to compare the pay and bonuses of commercial semi-state bosses against comparable jobs in the private sector. The report was never published. However, the Government still decided to reward the executives with increased pay and bonuses. A new system emerged where 25pc of salary could be paid in bonuses one year, and another 10pc over three years -- exceeding the 25pc limit from a year before. For example, Waterford Port Company's Stan McIlvenny was paid a salary of €124,993 in 2010 and has accrued a bonus of €43,748. The Fianna Fail-Green Party coalition did not ultimately order a clampdown on executive bonuses in the commercial semi-states until last February. The Department of Finance then stated that the levels of bonus payments were "inappropriate in the light of the very serious state of the public finances". This came just a month before the Government was thrown out of office. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/semistate-pay-soared-as-economy-nosedived-2627455.html
Derek Donnelly Appointed by Dermot Ahern in 2004. Derek is past President Waterford Rotary Club. I believe this may be Derek Donnelly who was Passage East Car Ferry Managing Director, owned 70% by FBD Insurance and 30% by Mr Donnelly. The Report and Accounts declares Derek’s interest in PACFD. No political affiliation evident.
Maurice Lonergan Was pictured at the Waterford Fianna Fail conference in Sept 2010 but may have just been looking for directions… http://www.flickr.com/photos/munster-express/5017331570/. Although there is an article in the Munster Express showing a Maurice Lonergan elected as Vice Chair of Fianna Fail Waterford in 2005 http://www.waterford-news.ie/news/kfqlcwmhau/
Pat Heffernan I believe this may be an elected employee Board Member (compliments to Port of Waterford Company if that is so)

Patrick Murphy Not sure if this is Asst Harbour Master Captain Pat Murphy of Marino in Cork but because name is not an unusual one I’ll not speculate further. No political affiliation evident

Fiona Robbins Ormond There is a Fiona Ormond who is a consultant solicitor at MJ O’Connor who have offices in Wexford and Waterford. The lady specialises in Specialist in all aspects of Litigation Law, Family Law and Commercial Law including Commercial and Residential Property. Became a Consultant in 2009. I don’t know whether there is a connection here for sure but there was a Pat Ormond who stood for Fianna Fail in the 2009 General Election unsuccessfully in East Waterford- anyone in Waterford who can verify the connection? Noreen McDonnell No political affiliation evident

Waterford (City of ) Vocational Education Committee

Waterford (County of)Vocational Education Committee

Waterways Ireland

Western Development Commission

Wexford Vocational Education Committee

Western Regional Fisheries Board

Westmeath Vocational Education Committee

Westport Harbour Commissioners

Westport Harbour Commissioners was abolished as a statutory body in 2009 and its responsibilities transferred to Mayo County Council.

Wexford Harbour Commissioners
Wexford Harbour Commissioners was abolished as a statutory body in 2009 and its responsibilities transferred to Wexford County Council.

Wheatfield Prison Visiting Committee
Pat Rohan (Chairman) No info to hand except that Brian Cowen had a meeting in his official diary with a Pat Rohan at 4.00pm on Tuesday September the 9th 2008 with a note after it in brackets ‘ref Gerry Steadman’. The previous meeting in his diary was with Nicky English and Frank O’Riordan Head of AIB Investment Management with ‘Gerry Steadman’ also attending. Can’t confirm whether the Pat Rohan here is the same Pat Rohan who is chairman of the Wheatfield PVC but I’m curious to know whether the chap in the Cowen diary is this committee member or maybe Pat Rohan the racehorse trainer? Names ring a bell with anyone? http://www.scribd.com/doc/23675561/Taoiseach-Brian-Cowen-appointments-diary-May-7-2008-to-May-31-2009
Sadie Jordan ‘after Deputy Beverley Flynn was drummed out of the Fianna Fáil party on Friday night, having earlier in the week been expelled from the organisation’s parliamentary party without a single dissenting voice. This time there were five dissenting voices, one Oireachtas member, Senator Mary White and four other women, Sadie Jordan (Dublin), Kathryn Byrne (Dublin), Bridget Guinevan (Dublin) and Bernie Lalor (Cork). With thanks to the Castlebar News;) http://www.castlebar.ie/Local_Papers_Commentary/mn-20040512.shtml
Eddie Kirwan ‘Cllr Michael Gormley confirmed his decision earlier this week and informed the Fianna Fail party by letter after he felt he was "let down" by the party and not selected to contest the election for Laois County Council on June 5. "I regret what I have to do. I feel I was let down by Fianna Fail," he said. He is the second life-long Fianna Fail member to announce he is running as an independent, following Eddie Kirwan's recent decision.’ With thanks to the Leinster Express http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local/gormley_to_run_as_independent_1_2042902
William Loughnane There is a William Loughnane (Jr) who stood for Fianna Fail in local elections in Birr in 2004. The candidate’s father was William Loughnane who was a Fianna Fail TD in Clare in the early 1980s.
John O’Neill There is a John O’Neill who was a Fianna Fail Town Councillor in Drogheda, elected in 1999 and 2004. There is another John O’Neill who was a socialist Independent candidate in Ballymun Finglas in 2009 but of the two horses my money is on the former. Just an instinctive guess…
Marty Rohan There is a Martin Rohan who was(is?) a Fianna Fail Councillor in Boris-On-Ossory on Laois County Council.
Paddy Summers No information available
Tom Lillis There is a Thomas Lillis on the Bar Council website listed as a barrister with general practice and criminal law as his areas of interest and I think it should be assumed that his interest is professional if it is the same chap. http://www.lawlibrary.ie/members/barrister.asp?barID=4874

Wicklow Port Company
Wicklow Port is a tidal port at the mouth of the Leitrim River approximately 35 miles south of Dublin. There are two piers, (East & West) which protect the entrance to the port. Entry to the port is 365 days per year day and night.
Cargo operations are carried out at the packet pier and river berths, (North & South Quays) which are well protected from all weather elements.
Wicklow Port specialises in handling bundled timber, paper, lead, plasterboard, steel and dry bulk cargoes, principally coal. Other general and heavy lift cargoes can be accommodated.
Harbour Master Captain John Barlow
Fachtna Whittle (Director) Fianna Fail Councillor and Solicitor; ‘SOME Adoption Board members attended just a fraction of board meetings between 2005 and 2009, a period in which the organisation was embroiled in high-profile scandals.
Figures released to the Irish Examiner show two appointees to the previous board with links to Fianna Fáil, Fachtna Whittle and Tony Lynam-Loane, attended the least number of board meetings in the five-year period.
Two other members of the eight member board, Dr Valerie O’Brien and Orlaith Traynor, attended fewer than 65% of the meetings held in this time.
Out of 207 meetings held by the board between 2005 and 2009, Mr Whittle attended 70, or just 33% of all meetings. Mr Whittle’s lowest level of attendance came in 2005 when he was present at just seven of the 45 meetings held by the board that year, and in 2006 when he attended six out of the 41 meetings held that year. He claimed no expenses during this period.
Mr Whittle is principal solicitor with Haughton McCarroll solicitors and is a former Fianna Fáil councillor on Wicklow County Council and running mate of Fianna Fáil Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche.
Mr Whittle previously featured in an RTÉ Prime Time planning exposé. In 2005, Wicklow County Council’s ethics committee found he had acted unwisely but not in breach of the ethics legislation. However, this decision was challenged in the High Court by the Green Party’s Deirdre de Búrca.’ http://www.adoptionrightsalliance.com/EX_aboard_0111.htm
Charles Byrne (Director) There is a Charlie Brown who was a Fianna Fail Councillor in Naas but I am not sure if this is the same fellow so cannot say for sure.
Roy Conway (Director) Managing Director RF Conway Shipping in Wicklow. No political affiliation evident but on Roy’s LinkedIn profile he does have political form although it does not mention with which party. ‘Also experienced in local government matters having served on local authority for a period of ten years and holding office of vice Chairman and Chairman.’ http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/roy-conway/10/4b9/2b5
Christopher Dunne (Director) No political affiliation evident. Local boat owner.
Stephen Kearon (Director) A real beauty this one. IT boy for a local company (sorry, ‘IT Director’ who is a FF PRO in Wicklow and announced to a breathless world on foot of the publication of the Moriarty Report that ‘Enda Kenny should resign’. I know Fianna Fail don’t generally do embarrassment but this guy is in fairness pretty embarrassing. He might want to revisit his LinkedIn Profile as well as it claims he was a ‘Special Advisor at Dick Roche’. Which I’m not sure is wise, legal, profitable or even socially prudent. http://ie.linkedin.com/in/skearon
Kenneth Lauder (Director) Wicklow Tidy Towns Committee Chairman. No political affiliation evident.
Brendan Newsome (Director) Managing Director Wire Ropes Ltd. Represented IBEC on a National Economic and Social Forum consultation. Past President of Wicklow & District Chamber of Commerce ,and former president County Wicklow Region, Federated Union Of Employers. Busy in the Lisbon referendae around Wicklow for a ‘yes’ vote and attended a number of Fine Gael organised pro-referendum meetings although no immediate political affiliation evident.
Ray Tumulty (Director) Former Defence Forces Captain. No immediate political affiliation evident.
Declarations of interest from 2009 report and accounts (thanks to Gavin Sheridan at The Story http://thestory.ie/2010/07/19/wicklow-port-company-accounts/ )
Director Roy Conway is also a director of R.F. Conway & Co. which is the port's main customer. The company received €110,134 in fees (2008- €138,718) from R.F.Conway & Co.

Wicklow Vocational Education Committee

Women's Health Council



Useful references; 'An Bord Snip Nua' (Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes) report published June 2009.
Volume 1 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf
Volume 2 http://www.finance.irlgov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol2.pdf

Hat-tips
Ah Well
Cactus Flower http://itsapoliticalworld.wordpress.com/
Chairpersons.ie http://www.chairpersons.ie/members/
disabilitystudent
FIVE
Kildarest.com http://www.kildarestreet.com/
Munnkeyman http://quangos-ireland.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
QuangoWatch
SimonJ and Amhran Nua http://www.amhrannua.com/
Spectabilis
Total Mayhem
Wicked Fairy

Captain Con O'Sullivan
17-05-2011, 03:12 PM
Army Pensions Board

'The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act, 1927. The Board is made up of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non-military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance. The Army Medical Corps ordinary member is appointed by the Minister for Defence.' http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-05-03.1828.0

A written question answered by Ireland's former Napoleon Willie O'Dea in January 2011 reveals that the cost of the Army Pensions Board per annum was €110,000. Considering that there are only two members of this Board of whom one is a public servant (Officer in the Defence Forces) this seems rather steep. http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-01-21.1357.0

I can find mention in Oifiguil of a Commandant John Tobin appointed by Minister for Defence Michael Smith in 2002 but no mention of appointments since. Which is odd because a civilian Doctor would have to be the other appointee and by law their appointment must be published.

Any quiet tip-offs from members of the Defence Forces will be treated with absolute confidence...:)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-05-2011, 10:01 AM
Arts Council of Ireland

The Arts Council of Ireland, (An Chomhairle Ealaíon), was founded in 1951 by the Government to encourage interest in Irish art and channel to funding from the state to Irish artists and arts organisations. This includes encouragement of traditional Irish arts, support for contemporary Irish arts, and finance for international arts events in Ireland.
An Chomhairle Ealaíon was modelled on the Arts Council of Great Britain, founded in 1946, and works closely with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, formed by the British government in 1962 to fulfil a similar role. The arts council consists of 12 members and a chair, each appointed for a 5 year term by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Pat Moylan was appointed chairman in January 2009. The 2010 budget was €69 million.

Corporate Governance

According to the last published Annual Report and Accounts (2008 http://www.artscouncil.ie/Publications/AnnualReport08_8July2010_Final.pdf ) the Arts Council had an income of 81million euros which is predominantly made up of Oireachtas grants.

Much of the Arts Council’s income is disbursed in the form of grants to permanent cultural institutions, festivals and one-off projects. The Abbey received 10million euros in 2008 which I believe is the single biggest grant but that is understandable given that the Abbey is home to many projects as well as being a cultural flagship theatre and performance space central to the cultural life of the nation.
One area that interests me is in administration of the Aosdana’s ‘Cnuas’- a system whereby writers and artists received an annual stipend where their income from the arts does not exceed the approximately 14,000euro stipend by one and a half times via other means. There are over 200 members of the Aosdana and 133 of them are in receipt of the Cnuas. Their names are available in the Report and Accounts and I must say I am surprised by one or two of the names there- I would be very surprised if some of those members in receipt of the Cnuas had such a low income from other sources such as publication rights, performance rights abroad and so on. One wonders how much checking is done in this regard.

On a personal note being very much a supporter of the arts as an expression of the nation and understanding that a healthy arts scene is very much a good thing I would question on the grants side why the Cork Jazz Festival which brings in many visitors to the country only received 4,000 euros in 2008 whereas the Wexford Opera Festival received in excess of 1.4million. It may be that the Jazz Festival finds it easier to raise funds from corporate sponsorship but an explanatory note in the accounts detailing grant philosophy might allay any criticisms in this regard.

Mary Cloake (Chief Executive Officer) Mary Cloake is from County Wexford and joined the Arts Council in 1993 as Regional Development Officer. She was appointed Development Director in 1997 and Director in September 2004. Previously, she worked as Arts Officer in Dundalk Urban District Council, County Louth. She served as a member of RTE's (Irish national broadcaster) Audience Council and was appointed to the Bloomsday 100 Committee by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John Donoghue T.D. She is also the Arts Council representative on Ireland's Council of National Cultural Institutions (CNCI). In February 2005, she was appointed by the Minister for Arts to the board of Culture Ireland -the new national agency to promote Irish arts overseas. In November 2005, she was appointed by the Minister to the Beckett Centenary Council. She holds an M.A. from Dublin City University and a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin. http://www.connectcp.org/profiles/profile.php?profileid=86

Mary’s salary was 114,000euros in 2008.

I wonder but cannot verify at the moment whether Mary is any relation to Thelma Cloak also from Wexford who is the lady who was Dick Roche’s running mate in Greystones in 1999?

Thelma came up in an article concerning Ministerial expenses when it was discovered that Dick Roche had managed to pay his former running mate some 1,200 euros expenses for 17 days secretarial work between 1st December 2008 and 18th December 2008 when the Daily Mail looked into Minister’s ‘general administrative expenses’. http://www.politics.ie/current-affairs/110009-ministers-secret-expense-files.html

I’d be grateful if anyone could confirm whether Mary and Thelma are direct relatives- both Wexford Cloakes?

Council Members (abridged biogs from Arts Council website)

Pat Moylan (Chair & Council Member) Pat Moylan was Artistic Director of Andrews Lane Theatre for 18 years where she created a vibrant arts venue, nurturing new writing and fostering the development of new talent in acting, directing and design. The theatre presented hundreds of highly acclaimed productions. Many of these moved on to even greater success in larger theatres in Ireland and overseas. As an independent producer, Pat founded Lane Productions and has a list of productions to her name including Twelve Angry Men, Stones in His Pockets, I Keano, Alone it Stands, the award winning Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer and many more.

Louise Donlon Louise Donlon is the Director of the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise. A native of Moydow, County Longford, she holds a BA in Music and History, a Diploma in Arts Administration and a Masters in Public Administration. Louise taught music in Castlebar before pursuing her arts administration studies at UCD. In the early 1990s Louise worked at the City Arts Centre in Dublin and at the Arts Council followed by three years in Limerick as administrator of Island Theatre Company. In 1996, she moved to Galway to take up the position of general manager with Druid Theatre Company.

Paul Johnson Paul Johnson is Chief Executive of Dance Ireland, the national resource for professional dance. Since his appointment in June 2006, Paul has led the membership organisation through a major development period and under his tenure, Dance Ireland has tripled its operating budget and has raised the profile of dance artists nationally and internationally. Paul oversaw the opening of Ireland’s first purpose built dance rehearsal venue, DanceHouse in Dublin 1. A dance artist with over 21 years experience as a performer, choreographer and teacher, Paul has worked on a range of dance, theatre and film projects with among others, Daghdha Dance, Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre and Druid Theatre Company. He was Dance Artist in Residence for Aberdeen (1989-1990) and Choreographer in Residence at Project Arts Centre (1998-2001).

Fiona Kearney Fiona Kearney has been the inaugural Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College, Cork (UCC) since 2003. Fiona began her curatorial career as Programme Co-ordinator at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork and went on to direct the visual arts programme of Triskel Arts Centre. She was appointed as visual arts officer at UCC in 1999 and was part of the design team for the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. She is a graduate in French and Philosophy from UCC, and holds an M.Phil in Text and Image studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Fiona has received several awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching, and a Fulbright Scholarship. In June 2006, she was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship by the Arts Council. From 1996-2001, she was Lecturer in Philosophy of Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design.

Aibhlín McCrann Aibhlín McCrann is a communications consultant and a Director of Communiqué International, one of Ireland’s leading communications consultancies. She has a long standing association with both classical and traditional music as a solo harper and ensemble musician in Ireland, Europe and the US. She has extensive radio, television and recording experience, and has devised and arranged music for a number of film scores and television series. Aibhlín is Director of the internationally acclaimed festival for Irish harp, An Chúirt Chruitireachta and is secretary of Cairde na Cruite (Friends of the Harp), the national organisation with responsibility for the development of the Irish harp.

Sheelagh O’Neill Sheelagh O’Neill is a keen supporter of the arts. Along with an interest in the performing arts, she and her husband collect Irish art. She also has a special interest in cultural tourism having worked for much of her career in the travel and tourism industries. Sheelagh is a history graduate from Trinity College, Dublin and also holds a Diploma in Marketing from the former College of Marketing and Design, Parnell Square, Dublin.

Caroline Senior Caroline Senior is Artistic Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, a position she has held since 1999. She has played an active role in the development of Waterford New Music Week, the John Roberts Waterford Festival and sprOg, the pre-Spraoi festival for children. Most recently she project managed the €1.5 million redevelopment of the Garter Lane Theatre with funding provided through the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism’s capital arts programme and Waterford City Council. Originally from Dublin, she graduated from Trinity College with a Degree in Music Education in 1990 and subsequently taught in Alexandra College and the Kilkenny School of Music.

Colm Tóibín Born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955, Colm Tóibín lived in Spain for several years before returning to Ireland to work as a journalist, editing In Dublin and Magill magazines. His first novel, The South, won the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize in 1991; subsequent novels are The Heather Blazing (1992), The Story of the Night (1996) and The Blackwater Lightship (1999), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Walking Along the Border (1987, reissued in 1994 as Bad Blood), Homage to Barcelona (1990), The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994), Love in a Dark Time (2001), a collection of essays about gay writers and artists, and Lady Gregory's Toothbrush (2002). He won the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995, and in 2000 was a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at New York Public Library. The Master was published in 2004. Colm Tóibín was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2004.

Judith Woodworth Judith Woodworth served as Director of the National Concert Hall from 1993 until late last year. In an increasingly competitive environment she maintained the Concert Hall's ranking as Ireland's premier venue for classical music, as well as establishing its profile internationally. During her term as Director, she also extensively developed the organisation's education and outreach programmes. Since graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she has worked in the international music business both in London and Dublin. She was Artistic Director of the Music Festival in Great Irish Houses from 1982-1999. In 1998 she was appointed the first Chair of the Council of National Cultural Institutions (including National Gallery, National Museum and National Theatre) and she has also served as Vice Chair of the executive committee of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies

John O’Donnell John is a writer and a Senior Counsel who lives and works in Dublin. He has lengthy and extensive experience of serving at board level on a variety of arts organisations. He was a Member of the Council of the Dublin Theatre Festival from 1991 until 2001. He became a Member - and later Chairman - of Rough Magic Theatre Company, on the Board of which he served as a Member from 2001 until 2011. In addition he was a Member of the Cultural Relations Committee (now Culture Ireland) from 1999 until 2004. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Poetry Ireland from 2005 until 2011. His work has been published and broadcast widely in Ireland and abroad. Awards for poetry include the Irish National Poetry Prize, the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award and the Ireland Funds Prize.

ang
19-05-2011, 03:27 PM
Is this Irish/UK chamber another one for the list ?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-05-2011, 03:29 PM
Which one is that ang? There are a few Irish UK chambers about (some of them unofficial and hidden under the guise of cultural organisations;)

It was announced by William & Eamon on Tuesday will search it out this evening Captain

disability student
19-05-2011, 03:54 PM
Which one is that ang? There are a few Irish UK chambers about (some of them unofficial and hidden under the guise of cultural organisations;)

It was announced by William & Eamon on Tuesday will search it out this evening Captain

Yes it reminded me of Brendan Halligan of labour whose name crops up now and again.:eek:

I bet that he is on unofficial under the umbrella of culture organisation. What is about him that we don't know???

ang
19-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Which one is that ang? There are a few Irish UK chambers about (some of them unofficial and hidden under the guise of cultural organisations;)

It was announced by William & Eamon on Tuesday will search it out this evening Captain

I pressed the edit button rather than the quote button apologies. *sorry*

ang
19-05-2011, 04:32 PM
Launch info:-


Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today launched the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce with British Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon, William Hague, M.P. The launch took place this evening in the offices of PWC on Spencer Dock, Dublin.

http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2011/05/british-irish-chamber-of-commerce-launched/?cat=67

DO'F
19-05-2011, 05:12 PM
Would direct you all to yesterday's Examiner, they're all in there.

ang
19-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Would direct you all to yesterday's Examiner, they're all in there.

Thank You !

Starfire
19-05-2011, 06:19 PM
Great stuff - keep it coming.

Holders of public office or politic post should be limited to five years and not allowed to hold such an office after.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-05-2011, 05:40 AM
Yes it reminded me of Brendan Halligan of labour whose name crops up now and again.:eek:

I bet that he is on unofficial under the umbrella of culture organisation. What is about him that we don't know???

His Institute of International Affairs collects over 800,000euros per annum from subscriptions from a number of government departments-pretty much a European lobbying group modelled on the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

The rest of his time apart from being National Policy Coordinator for the Labour Party seems to be taken up with various directorships on the board of renewable energy companies and his commercial profile seems to be angled to take advantage of the emerging carbon credit market. A change in energy police here and a nudge there and Brendan makes money.

Been a long time since Brendan was on the barricades with the workers, comrade;)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-05-2011, 05:44 AM
Thanks for that British-Irish Chamber of Commerce note there- I expect it will be like the American-Irish Chamber which is a regional chamber made up of friendly businessmen with American connections in the corporate world.

Will add that to the Quango list and have a look at who is on the board and add it in to quangohammer index.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-05-2011, 05:47 AM
Great stuff - keep it coming.

Holders of public office or politic post should be limited to five years and not allowed to hold such an office after.

The way the appointments are made would indicate to me as well that the stipend of between 8,000 and 14,000 per annum for board members rolls on for five years and I'm not sure there is even a mechanism for ceasing that payment even if the quango is killed off.

There's a resounding silence around that part of the equation so far. As they are ministerial appointments I wouldn't be surprised if they had to resign rather than be stood down and in that case (of closure) the remainder of the five year contracted payments might have to be paid as far as I can see.

Uncertain but I've a creepy feeling thats the way it works.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-05-2011, 10:09 AM
Education Support Centres

‘The education centres are a network of learning communities where teachers are empowered to achieve their full potential as professional educators and where other partners in the local school community are facilitated in meeting their training needs so that they can perform their roles effectively. The education centres support the in-service needs of local teachers, support locally identified needs and provide a range of activities for the educational community. There are 21 full time and 9 part time centres nationwide, supported principally by the Department of Education and Science.’ http://www.ncte.ie/AbouttheNCTE/RelatedOrganisations/EducationCentres/

I can’t believe the teaching profession has managed to screw dedicated elective training facilities for teachers paid for out of the public purse.

I have every sympathy with teachers these days who are regarded by some in the community as stand-by parents (due to a deep misunderstanding of the purpose of schools in society) but I also note that this profession seems to have been massively overindulged at the expense of the taxpayer in Ireland.

From jobs held open ad infinitum to any who wish to have a stab at a political career to the blatant foisting of every kind of expense, career breaks, leaves-of-absence and all sorts of benefits you would never find in any other profession you have to wonder whether this kind of worked corner for the profession is the inevitable by product of the Oireachtas being stuffed with teachers.

I’m beginning to understand why a senior bod from INTO last month said in a radio interview that teachers are the ‘crème de la crème’ of Irish society. It has because that profession has been able to get away with murder when it comes to feathering its professional nest and I strongly suspect that these national facilities are part of it.
These centres should be opened up to the general community or closed. There is no excuse for dedicated training/conference centres for teachers for elective courses.

Full Time Centres

Athlone Frank Walsh (Director) No obvious political affiliation. There is a John Walsh who is Town Clerke in Athlone- anyone from that area know whether they are related? It is not an unusual name so they may well not be related. Athlone is O'Rourke country so the question is worth asking...

Website http://www.athedcen.com/

Blackrock

Director Dr Séamus Cannon (O Canainn) No obvious political affiliation

http://www.blackrockec.ie/site-information/who-are-we/site-information/who-are-we/

Bit of an addenum here. There is an organisation run out of Blackrock Education Support Centre called the TPN Network.

'What are Teacher Professional Networks (TPNs)?

Teacher Professional Networks are teacher organisations which afford professional peer support to members. They comprise Subject Associations and other networks which support teachers of curricular programmes spanning a number of subjects (eg Leaving Certificate Applied, Transition Year etc.).

Supplementary Funding Scheme

The Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education and Science (DES) has established a supplementary funding scheme to support the work of the TPNs. It is recognised that TPNs have other sources of funding including membership fees. To avail of the funding scheme, a TPN must submit a proposal to the Steering Committee which is representative of the interests involved and is chaired by a senior inspector in the Teacher Education Section of the DES. If the programme of activities are approved, the funding is made available to the TPN through an Education Centre nominated for the purpose by the TPN. Funding is available in two categories, CPD activities and National Executive activities.

Administration

The TPN scheme is administered by Blackrock Education Centre on behalf of the Department of Education Centre. The Steering Committee comprises:

Nora Friel , Senior Inspector TES;

Seamus Cannon, Director Blackrock Education Centre;

Conor Harrison , PDST;
Jill Fannin, APO;
James Mulcahy, ATECI;
Michéal Martin, SARG;
Paddy Daly, SARG;
Adela Fernández BEC, Administrator.

http://www.tpnetworks.ie/

SARG stands for Subject Associations Representative Group and seems to be some kind of quiet teachers union I've not heard of previously. They appear to have some kind of role with TPN and I notice that on their website is a reminder to complete expenses forms. Maybe they should run a course on it.

Carrick-On-Shannon Director Catherine Martin No political affiliation evident

http://www.carrickedcentre.ie/about-us/centre-team.html

Clare Director: Tony Kelly No political affiliation evident

Cork Director: James Mulcahy No political affiliation evident

Donegal Director: Sally Bonner There was a lady of that name who was Vice-Chair of Ballintra Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceantair 2005. Currently trying to determine whether Sally is a relative of former Fianna Fail Donegal Senator Enda Bonner who currently sits on the board of two quangos- Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Loughs Agency. There is also an Alice Bonner who was a Fianna Fail councillor elected in the 2004 locals. Note: Family connection unconfirmed as yet.

Drumcondra Director: Eileen O'Connor No political affiliation evident.

Dublin West Director: Gerard McHugh No political affiliation evident.

Galway Director: Bernard Kirk No political affiliation evident. Bernard is an interesting chap- founder of Robotics Ireland and a former primary school teacher who is also on the board of Discover Science and Engineering which is an advisory panel set up by Fas I believe in 2003 to encourage interest in science, engineering and technology. He also chair of the Galway Music Residency.

Kildare Director: Dolores Hamill Secretary of the Association of Teacher Education Centres. Yep. The Department of Education seems to have subcontracted out and pays for 21 national teacher elective training centres, a number of them purpose built. So it needs a national Association of teachers.

There seems to be a plethora of teacher-staffed organisations feeding off the DoE budget and a number of the teachers organisations seem to have a cushy arrangement for getting expenses for being involved with some of those organisations. I think a decent look at the set-up between various teaching bodies and quangos would reveal some interesting arrangements. In fact it might be an idea to take a look at the Dept of Education, how much of its role has been subcontracted out to bodies entitled to claim expenses and whether the DoE was ever downsized accordingly in terms of the number of civil servants working there.

I note Dolores attended a teachers/trainers conference in Bilbao in 2009. The theme of the conference was 'the teaching profession. Challenges for teachers and trainers'. Dolores was one of the three teachers who drew up the conference report in English. At one point it was noted that the teaching of the Basque language was being supported by the regional autonomous government. Dolores and her co-authors noted; [ .... ] "very impressive e.g the Basque government pays for a three year study period in Basque language for each teacher and a paid substitute is provided." http://studyvisits.cedefop.europa.eu/assets/upload/supervisors/evr/EVR_292_ES_en_.pdf

Down Dolores. On behalf of the taxpayers in Ireland- NO! No political affiliation evident

Kilkenny Director: Paul Fields No political affiliation evident

Laois Director: Jim Enright Wasn't Olwyn Enright a Laois TD? Can find no confirmation of a family connection so far but would be grateful for any info.

LimerickDirector: Seamus Toomey No political affiliation evident

Mayo Director Art Ó Súilleabháin No political affiliation evident

Monaghan Director: Jimmy McGeough No political affiliation evident

Navan Director: Bernadette McHugh No political affiliation evident

Sligo Director: Mary Hough No political affiliation evident

Tralee Director: Caitríona Ni Chullota No political affiliation evident

WaterfordDirector: Harry Knox No political affiliation evident

West CorkDirector: Mary O'Donoghue No political affiliation evident

WexfordDirector: Paula Carolan No political affiliation evident

Part Time Centres

Carlow

Cavan

Connemara

Dingle

Dundalk

Gortahork

Tarbert

Tipperary

Tuam

DO'F
21-05-2011, 12:29 AM
Thank You !

The new 'paper of record' like!

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-05-2011, 03:23 PM
Beaumont Hospital

The Board

Mr Donal O Shea, Chairman appointed by Minister for Health and Children.

Mr Maurice Ahern Older brother of one of the cheapest little chancers ever to crawl across an already mucky Irish political scene Bertie Ahern. Maurice is on the Board of the Sports Council as well (being a keen sportsman at 72 years of age apparently). Mind you being a keen sportsman maybe he’ll break into the Irish Olympic team in time for a tilt at Usain Bolt at London 2012. Born and raised in Fianna Fail and no experience whatsoever in issues hospital boards prior to his appointment. A blatant patronage appointment in my opinion by Harney in 2006.

Mr Gerard Barry appointed by the Chairman. Can find absolutely nothing about this gentleman but he may be an internal appointment to the Board from among the clinical staff.

Ms Jennifer Cullinane Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Finance Director)

Ms Catherine Duffy appointed by Minister for Health and Children. Again no biography in annual reports or on the Beaumont website to explain where Ms Duffy came from or how she is qualified to be on the Board of a major hospital.

Mr Alan Eustace Elected by Hospital staff

Professor Gerry McElvaney Chairman of Medical Board, Beaumont Hospital (ex officio)

Ms Mary Horgan appointed by the Chairman. Having seen fleeting references to a Dr Mary Horgan I assume this lady is appointed from the clinical side of the hospital.

Ms Raphaela Kane, appointee of Dublin City University (Director of Academic Practice at DCU)

Ms Patricia McCann appointed by the Chairman. There is a Pat McCann who is Vice Chair of the MS society but I am unsure whether this is the same person. No details on the Beaumont website.

Professor Arnold Hill, Vice Chairman, Medical Board, Beaumont Hospital (ex officio)

Mr Patrick Mercer, appointed by Minister for Health and Children. Chairs a Finance Committee- other than that no idea as no details available on website.

Mr Sean O'Brien Elected by Hospital staff

Dr Ursula O'Brien Counihan, Corrigan Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Senior Executives

Liam Duffy, Chief Executive Officer has many years' experience at senior management level in the hospital sector in Dublin. Liam was appointed Chief Executive to Beaumont Hospital in April 2004. Prior to that he held the post of Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager with Beaumont Hospital. His career prior to that spanned senior roles in patient services, personnel and finance.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
24-05-2011, 12:24 PM
Blanchardstown Institute of Technology

‘A statutory Governing Body appointed by the Minister for Education & Science oversees the policies and business of ITB. The Governing Body has members representing ITB, the state, the community and business and meets regularly to ensure that ITB develops along agreed lines. Students are represented on the Governing Body.’ http://www.itb.ie/aboutitb/index.html

Under the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1999 the appointment of Boards for Institutes of Technology are constituted as follows;
‘ the governing body shall
consist of—
(a) a chairperson and 17 ordinary members, and (b) the Director of the College. (3) The first ordinary members of the governing body shall be 12 in number or such greater number, not exceeding 17, as may be permitted in consequence of the operation of subsection (5). (4) The first ordinary members of the governing body shall be
appointed by the Minister in accordance with the following provisions: (a) subject to subsection (14), six persons, of whom at least three shall be members of a local authority, shall be nominated for such appointment by the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee; (b) one person shall be nominated for such appointment by the
Irish Congress of Trade Unions; (c) five persons shall be appointed from among persons nominated for such appointment by such organisations as the Minister considers ought to be represented (having regard to the particular courses provided by the College) on the governing body and which have been invited by the Minister to make such nominations for the purposes of this paragraph, and such organisations shall be representative of industry, agriculture, commerce, the professions, local community interests and other interests which are appropriate to the activities of the College.’

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/pdf/1999/en.act.1999.0020.pdf

Note: The Institute’s website contains only an ‘Annual Report’ which covers a three year period to 2002 as is subtitled ‘the first three years’. Some of these Governors will have moved on and been replaced as per the relevant section of the Act above so I propose to examine only Director appointments for Institutes of Technology. The Director of the Governing Body appointed 10th December 1999 and who is I believe still in place is:

Dr. Mary Meaney President of the Institute. featured in the list of top 100 earners in the education sector with an annual salary of 151,800 euros.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/education/2010/1109/1224282950573.html

No political affiliation evident

Captain Con O'Sullivan
26-05-2011, 10:10 AM
Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital (Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital)

Child-health, adult and age-related healthcare is provided in the Hospital, bringing together over 600 years of medical and nursing care and education from the very different traditions of the Adelaide Hospital, the Meath Hospital and the National Children's Hospital (Harcourt Street).
The Hospital provides a focus for a massively growing urbanised area with a predominantly young population. It mainly serves the people of Tallaght, Clondalkin, Firhouse, Rathfarnham, Terenure, Templeoue, West Wicklow and parts of Co. Kildare. In addition, it has many national and international responsibilities. About 2,000 people work at the Hospital.

Mary Harney answer to written question concerning appointments to the Tallaght Hospital 11 November 2010:

“Six members may be nominated by the Adelaide Hospital Society, six may be nominated by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, six members may be nominated by the Meath Foundation, three members may be nominated by the National Children’s Hospital, one member may be nominated by Trinity College and one member may be nominated by the HSE. The Minister does not nominate persons to the Board, however eight of the nominees are appointed by the Minister.
In 2009, in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest, the HSE took a decision not to nominate its staff to membership of hospital boards. Therefore the HSE will not be nominating a member to the Board of the hospital.”

In terms of Board fees apparently this hospital is funded by the HSE and I cannot see presently what fees and expenses the Board Members receive.

Board Members

Professor Ian Graham is President of the Adelaide Hospital Society and Vice Chairperson of the Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, Incorporating The National Children’s Hospital, where he is a Consultant Cardiologist.

Dr. David Moore (Chairman of the Adelaide Hospital Society) is a Consultant Cardiologist with appointments at The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght and Naas General Hospital. Dr Moore is a graduate of TCD and trained in Dublin and London at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. Since 1991 he has worked in the Adelaide and Meath Hospitals, establishing a busy echo lab and the first stress echo and transoesophageal echo services in the country. Dr Moore also has extensive sub specialty interests including pacing, coronary intervention and heart failure.

Dr. Fergus O'Ferrall Adelaide Lecturer in Health Policy, the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of a number of boards including that of The Irish Times Trust and of the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin. He holds an M.Sc in Health Services Management from Trinity College, Dublin. He has served as President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and Chair of The Wheel the co-ordinating body of the voluntary sector.

Professor Kevin Conlon Professor Conlon is Professor of Surgery at Trinity College Dublin based in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital (AMiNCH) and is Director of the Centre for Pancreaticobiliary Disease there. In 2009, he was appointed as Medical Director of AMiNCH. He is a surgical oncologist with a clinical interest in upper gastrointestinal cancer, particularly gastric and pancreatic malignancies. He is internationally recognised and widely published in the field of surgical oncology and is on the editorial board of eight international journals. He is a member of many cooperative groups and currently is Secretary to the European Hepatobiliary Association (EHPBA) and President of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland (PSGBI). He also has an interest in health informatics and economics, having obtained an MBA from Columbia University, New York. Prior to joining TCD, he was Associate Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Therapeutics Programme at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, New York. At Memorial Hospital, he was part of the executive team responsible for the development of their cancer disease management system and the initiation of a multidisciplinary regional care model for the patient with cancer.

Professor Joe Barry is Professor of Population Health Medicine at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Board of Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, Incorporating The National Children’s Hospital. Professor Joe Barry holds a joint post as a Consultant in Public Health in the Health Service Executive and as Clinical Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care in Trinity College. He has worked in public health in Ireland since 1986 in particular with marginalized groups: the traveller community, injecting drug users, the socially deprived, the prisoner population and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. He is a member of the Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital. Within the HSE, Prof Barry works in the Drug and Alcohol services and in the Health Intelligence sub-directorate of Population Health. He has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs since its inception. He is a board member of the Drug Treatment Centre Board and has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on publications and policy issues. His research and advocacy also focuses on problem alcohol use in our society.

Ms. Gillian Rufli Married to the Church of Ireland Rector for Clondalkin and Rathcoole. Formerly a member of the Nursing Committee of the hospital.

Dr. John Barragry Clinical Director Medicine Services, Consultant Endocrinologist and Vice-Chair of the Meath Foundation.

Dr. Gerry Hurley Consultant Radiologist

Ms. Roisin Boland Chief Executive Officer at the International Society for Quality Healthcare and former CEO at the Irish Health Service Accreditation Board. MBA thesis on accreditation for A&E specialists. Former Deputy Director of Nursing at the Adelaide.

Professor Stephen Lane Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Professor Colm O'Morain Professor of Medicine specializing in gastroenterology

Ms. Mairead Shields President of the Opticians Board.

Mr. Dr. Basil Elnazir Consultant Paediatrican and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at Trinity.

Ms. Estelle Feldman Research Associate at Trinity Law

Dr. David Coghlan Associate Professor Organisational Development, Business Studies at Trinity.

Venerable Gordon Linney, retired Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin.

Mr. Alan Gillis I believe this may well be the former Fine Gael MEP and former President of the Irish Farmers Association. Stood for Fine Gale in 2007 in Kildare South (unsuccessfully)

Mr. Lyndon MacCann Senior Counsel since 2003 and principal assessor for the
Most Rev Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland.

Cllr. Trevor Matthews ‘In Dun Laoghaire, the highest-paid councillor was Fianna Fail's Trevor Matthews, who was paid €52,821 last year. The amount he received included a gratuity payment which is made to councillors when they lose their seat or retire. Dublin city councillors received more than €200,000 in three years in gratuity payments after leaving the local authority. In all, nine former Dublin city representatives were paid €202,948.43 between 2007 and 2009. Maurice Ahern received a gratuity instalment of €31,518.96 -- a sum which made up the majority of the €46,094 he received in 2009.’
http://www.herald.ie/national-news/city-news/staggering-euro44m-paid-out-to-dublin-councillors-in-2009-2282088.html

Mrs. Joan Bruton Stalwart of the Church of Ireland and member of the Hard Gospel Committee of the Church.

Venerable David Pierpoint Archdeacon of the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough

Prof. Dermot Kelleher Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Dublin. and Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Dublin. His research interests are broad ranging in the fields of Gastroenterology, Immunology and Molecular Biology and over a distinguished thirty year career he has led significant research projects in this field. Alongside his notable academic appointments he has served as a visiting research scientist with a major pharmaceutical company and has been a founder of a number of biotechnology companies.

William McKee has had a distinguished career in the healthcare leadership. Mr McKee was the chief executive of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, the largest Trust in the UK employing 22,000 people with an annual budget in excess of £1 billions. It was established in April 2007 following the merger of six previous Trusts. William McKee was previously chief executive of the Royal Hospitals comprising the Royal Victoria, Royal Maternity, and Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Stephen McMahon Mr McMahon is Chairman and co-founder of the Irish Patients Association (IPA), based in Dublin. Since its inception the IPA had played an important role in pioneering patient advocacy. The IPA listens and learns from the many experiences of patients, their families and careers; helps resove their issues bringing their problems to the fore. The ultimate goal of the Association is world class, patient centred healthcare system that is built on patients rights, responsibilities and trust. Mr McMahon is a Board member and Executive committee member of the International Alliance of Patients Organisations (I.A.P.O) a global voice for patients advocating patient centered care for over 60 countries. He is also a member of the outgoing Irish Council for Bioethics, and has served as the Delegate on a Council of Europe expert group on Media and Health. Stephen also has wide business experience having worked for 30 years for a multinational oil company.

Mr Liam Dowdall Mr Dowdall is a chartered accountant of many years’ experience, specialising in insolvency and corporate recovery. He is currently with Smith and Wiliamson Freaney Accountants where he is a Director and Head of its Restructuring and Recovery Department. Mr Dowdall was with BDO Simpson Xavier where he was partner in charge of the Corporate Advisory and Recovery Department from 1997.

Note: You’ll not go short of a cucumber sandwich at these Board meetings. There’s hardly room to swing a cat(holic) with all the COI bods.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
26-05-2011, 10:43 AM
Board of the Commissioners for Charitable Donations

The Hon. Mr. Francis D. Murphy, Chairman
Mr. Colm Gaynor, B.C.L., Solicitor
The Hon. Mr. Justice Declan N.O. Budd
The Venerable Gordon C.S. Linney
The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy
Ms. Mary Geraldine Miller, B.L.
Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Wilson
Ms. Daphne Tease, B.A., F.C.A.
Mr. Peter H. Mullock, F.C.A.
Mr. Graham Richards, B.A. (Mod), Solicitor, Notary Public
The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Irvine
Secretary to the Board – Ms. Orla Barry Murphy, Solicitor

Notes: This is another one of those Remains of the Day institutions lurking around in the Irish Republic’s governance undergrowth.

Although this Board are under the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs they receive no fees. The Board does have the power to authorise the disposition of Charity lands where the Trustees of the Charity do not have power to dispose of the lands. Given the total lack of regulation of the charity sector in Ireland despite the announcement of the formation of a Charity Commission two years ago (and which has never been instituted or formed) I suspect this organization has more to do with regulating Church of Ireland associated properties than anything else.

From the BCCD website (‘Our history’ section):

‘Under the Charitable Donations and Bequests (Ireland) Act 1844 a body corporate known as “The Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland” was created as and from the 1st day of January 1845. The purpose of the Commissioners was to ensure “the more effectual application of charitable donations and bequests in Ireland”. Originally the Commissioners consisted of the Master of the Rolls, the Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and a Judge of the Ecclesiastical Courts together with ten other persons appointed by the Crown of whom five were required to be persons professing the Catholic religion.
The enactment of the1844 Act had been opposed by Daniel O’ Connell and criticised by some religious leaders. It does appear, however, that the judicial involvement and the religious balance provided for in the Act was effective to secure the confidence of the religious communities who were and are frequently involved in the administration of charities. This confidence was achieved at a time of much religious and political bitterness. It is the understanding of the Commissioners and the Secretariat that the Commissioners continue to enjoy the support and confidence of all religious denominations together with that of the legal and financial professions. It has not been necessary for the Commissioners to institute or defend legal proceedings at any time within the last 30 years.
The Charities Act 1961 provided that the Commissioners should continue in being and consist of not more than eleven members each of whom should hold office until his death, resignation or removal from office. Commissioners are appointed by the Government from time to time as occasion requires. The 1961 Act does not prescribe any qualifications for persons to be appointed as Commissioners but in practice the Government maintains the traditional representation of different religious denominations. In addition, appointments by the Government have secured an appropriate gender balance on the Board. Again the original concept of including members of the judiciary to assist in carrying out the quasi judicial functions of the Commissioners is maintained in practice though not prescribed by law. At present three judges of the High Court and one retired judge of the Supreme Court are Commissioners.
The records of the Commissioners from their inception in 1845 have been carefully preserved.
The Commissioners submit an annual report to the Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The 156th report of the Commissioners was submitted to the Minister on the 25th day of June 2004 and is available for inspection on the website maintained by the Department of that Minister.
Monies invested by the Commissioners on behalf of Charities are held in a Common Investment Fund currently managed by A.I.B (Investment) Managers Limited. The performance of the Fund manager is being reviewed on behalf of the Commissioners by Mercer Investment Consulting. The amount at present held in the Fund exceeds €32,500,000.’

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-05-2011, 02:36 PM
Board for the Employment of the Blind

A quango which was taken into and under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children (Office for Disability and Mental Health division) pre-2007. It is unclear whether this Board continues to function directly within the Civil Service rather than as a separate agency and the status of a number of such transfers into government departments is something I’d like to spend a bit of time on at the end of the quangohammer exercise.
I have found an interesting report to which I’ll return at the end of the quango hammer sweep and in there it notes (in 2010) that the following agencies ceased to exist between 2007 and the time of the report. They were;

National Salmon Commission
Coiste an Asgard
Advisory Council for English Language Schools
Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education
Integrate Ireland Language and Training Centre
International Education Board Ireland
National Adult Learning Council
Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Board for the Employment of the Blind
Poisons Council

Bord Altranais

An Bord Altranais is the regulatory body for the nursing profession. Its main functions are: to maintain the register of nurses in Ireland and to give guidance to the nursing profession generally on all matters relating to ethical conduct and behaviour. The Board is also obliged to carry out such functions as may be assigned to it from time to time by the Minister for Health and Childern in relation to any directive or regulation affecting the practice of nursing and the persons engaged in such practice.

The Nurses Act, 1985, prescribes that all expenses incurred by the Board shall be defrayed out of funds at its disposal. These funds are generated through Annual Retention Fees paid by each nurse and midwife. The Board also charges administrative fees for other services provided.

The Act provides that the Board may, with the consent of the Minister for Health and Children, charge fees for the following services:
• The registration of a person in the register;
• The retention of the name of a person in the register;
• The restoration in the register of the name of any person whose name has been erased or removed pursuant to the provisions of this Act from the register;
• The giving to any person of a certificate of registration;
• The registration of any candidate for nurse training in any register maintained by the Board;
• Entry into any examination conducted by the Board;
• Applications to undergo nurse training;
• Any other service which the Board may, from time to time, provide.

The activities of the Nursing Careers Centre, which is managed by the Board to promote and market nursing as a career, are funded by the Department of Health and Children.

I propose to check only the members of the Board appointed by the Minister- the Board itself consists of a whopping 29 members which must surely be the largest Board I’ve come across so far in the Quango Hammer exercise. If I were a nurse subject to all of the above fees I would not be happy with the size of this Board and the considerable secretariat of 45 persons from Chief Executive to porters behind it. 17 members of the Board are elected by nurses and 12 members appointed by the Minister;

Appointed Members

Dr Robert Burns Consultant Psychiatrist, St Stephen's Hospital, Glanmire, Cork. (Registered Medical Practitioner - Psychiatric Nurse Training Hospital) - appointed 22/11/2007

Dr Eamon Breathnach Director, Radiology, Mater Misercordiae Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 (Registered Medical Practitioner- General Nurse Training Hospital)- appointed 13/10/2010

Richard Dooley Network Manager, South Eastern Hospital Group, Health Service Executive, Lacken, Dublin Road, Kilkenny. (Health Service Executive Management Representative) - appointed 22/11/2007. Richard is also President of the Health Management Institute which oddly enough is not mentioned in his biography on Bord Altranais. Richard’s previous positions include: Regional Manager Community Services, South Eastern Health Board; General Manager,Waterford Regional Hospital; General Manager, St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny; and Hospital Care Manager, Acute Hospitals Programme, South Eastern Health Board. http://www.hmi.ie/about/
Richard was also appointed to the National Breastfeeding Strategy Implementation Committee alongside our old quango friend Sylda Langford, trustee of Common Purpose. Take a look at the list of people appointed to that Committee .. breastfeeding how are ye http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/newscentre/2007_Archive//April_2007_/HSE_announce_appointment_of_the_National_Breastfee ding_Strategy_Implementation_Committee_.html
(No political affiliation evident)

Derek Greene Chief Executive Officer, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. (Voluntary Hospital Representative)- appointed 13/10/2010. (No political affiliation evident)

Chris Fitzgerald Principal Officer, Workforce Planning, Agency Governance and Clinical Indemnity Unit, Department of Health and Children, Dublin 2 - appointed 15/02/2011 (No political affiliation evident)

Eimear McAuliffe Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing (Representative from the Field of Education) - appointed 22/11/2007 Keen Fianna Fail supporter with a photo of Mary Hanafin on her Twibbon profile http://twibbon.com/675731739 and also issued a congratulatory Twitter for Senator Mark Daley (FF, Kerry) which Senator Mark Daly saw fit to ReTweet in the general excitement http://twitter.com/#!/EimearMcA/status/63943444472659968

Aine McHugh Nurse Tutor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Health Science Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4. (Education Representataive) - appointed 22/11/2007 (No political affiliation evident)

Dr Peter McKenna Consultant Gynaecologist, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. (Registered Medical Practitioner - Midwifery Training Hospital)

Catriona Molloy (General Public Interest Representative). Catriona was spokesperson for a number of women who were victims of disgraced obstetrician Michael Neary (struck off in 2003) who performed a number of unnecessary caesarean hysterectomies on some 172 patients.

‘According to the Department of Health the Medical Missionaries of Mary (who owned Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda) were approached by Judge Clark for a personal contribution and initially indicated they would give a sum in return for protection from being sued by the women.

However, it is claimed they then insisted on a wider indemnity - covering all patients in Airmont Hospital, Waterford, which they used to run - leaving the State liable for a potentially open-ended number of compensation claims. […] Health Minister Mary Harney, who launched the new redress scheme yesterday, said she hoped the nuns would reconsider and pointed out that they had received €5.5m when they handed the hospital over to the State.” http://www.independent.ie/health/patients-of-disgraced-neary-to-be-paid-45m-in-compensation-44195.html

(No political affiliation evident)

Jacinta Mulhere Clinical Nurse Specialist, Peamount Hospital, Newcastle, Co. Dublin (Nurse Representative) - appointed 22/11/2007 (No political affiliation evident)

Ann Sheehan (Public Interest Representative) appointed 22 July 2008 (No political affiliation evident)

Dr. FIVE
04-06-2011, 04:36 PM
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/sitting-politicians-in-state-board-ban-2666294.html

SITTING politicians will be banned from being members of the state information board, after Michael Healy-Rae refused to resign from the quango.

The Kerry South TD was appointed to the Citizens Information Board by the previous government at the behest of his father, former Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae.

The change in the law comes after the Irish Independent revealed that controversial TD Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae were each given three positions on state boards to hand out to supporters, as part of a secret deal struck with Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.

Social Welfare Minister Joan Burton is mainly bringing in the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2011 to implement the changes announced in the jobs initiative.

But the bill also provides the means to restrict "membership of the Citizens Information Board where a member has been nominated or elected to the Oireachtas, the European Parliament or a local authority".

However, it will not affect Mr Healy-Rae's current membership of the board. A government source said it would not apply retrospectively, so Mr Healy-Rae could not be removed.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-06-2011, 04:40 PM
Thats the thing about quangos- once appointed they cannot be removed. I strongly suspect that even if a quango is stood down the members of the board are entitled to compensation for losing out on their five year term of office.


The change in the law comes after the Irish Independent revealed that controversial TD Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae were each given three positions on state boards to hand out to supporters, as part of a secret deal struck with Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.

Anybody left in any doubt about what quangos are really for? They are an extension of the patronage system.

Dr. FIVE
04-06-2011, 04:47 PM
Incidentally the hammer started swinging half a year this month, serious amount of info in here now.
Keep getting google results for this thread when looking up quangos which is a very good thing don't ye think.

Maybe a blog post on some of the findings would be a good idea?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-06-2011, 06:27 PM
Yes- noticed it myself on google whenever I am looking something up on quangos or semistates it seems to be in the top five returns all the time.

Occasionally I am looking for something unrelated and some piece of text catches my eye and I began to feel outraged and then I notice its my own info:)

I've been filling in gaps recently and the A's are finished and I'm into the 'B's and will have another run at it this week starting tomorrow. Been up to some battles elsewhere and incidentally found a report which goes some way toward clearing up the mystery of the difference between the 300odd official quangos and the figure of 800 which was bandied around previously.

So with a few more spurts of effort I may enter the final furlong and finish with any new quangos such as the one being announced to replace the HSE Board in the last few days.

Been interesting times of late and I may be taking a step myself soon back into a semi-political role in the dayjob as a senior policy advisor with a national body in the UK so better make a sprint before that becomes all encompassing.

Bloody politics. Pays well though and at least I'm not doing it through any network or cronies.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-06-2011, 06:33 PM
Just thinking that in a way I'm working against my own interests in a way because policy work is so full of cronies and pals of pals who don't have a clue about what they are supposed to be about officially that quiet little backroom jesuits like myself who know the undergrowth tend to be quite valued.

We cover for the know-nothings when it comes to the technical knowhow of the political systems and how they work and are a bit like the worker ants of the backroom of the political scene.

If there was a meritocracy I probably wouldn't be able to earn as good money. Mind you I think I'd tax myself a bit to see some merit on display in fairness.

Spectabilis
04-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Well done on your new senior policy adviser role Cap'n.
How will we ever get from B to Z without you?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-06-2011, 10:09 PM
Thanks Spectabilis but its unconfirmed as yet and may take some weeks to sort out the bits and pieces.

I probably shouldn't have said but I've been off at a tangent for a few years which is why I've been able to spend a lot of time on 'net stuff like quangohammer and a few other bits n bobs but things may get lively again soonish.. many a slip although I'm not dependent on one development so should be alright.

One past B and C there's not too much up until the latter stages and the 'N's so there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Spectabilis
04-06-2011, 10:11 PM
Best of luck.

Get the 'N's written into your contract then!

Sam Lord
05-06-2011, 12:13 AM
Been interesting times of late and I may be taking a step myself soon back into a semi-political role in the dayjob as a senior policy advisor with a national body in the UK so better make a sprint before that becomes all encompassing.



Turn it down Con. You are doing much better work here. :)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-06-2011, 03:07 PM
Ha ha ... its not such dissimilar work Sam to be honest... rooting around in the undergrowth for truffles of information ... a policypig in fact.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-06-2011, 03:03 PM
Bord Gais

Rose Hynes, Chairman

Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board in June 2006 and was appointed Chairman in July 2009. Ms. Hynes chairs the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Investment & Infrastructure Committee. Ms. Hynes, a lawyer, is also a director of Total Produce plc, where she is the Senior Independent Director, Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit and Nomination Committees. She is a member of the Court of Bank of Ireland and is a member of its Remuneration, Nomination & Governance and Risk Committees. She is also a director of a number of other companies. Ms. Hynes previously held a number of senior executive positions with GPA Group plc and is a former board member of a number of companies including Shannon Airport Authority plc, Aer Lingus Group plc and Concern. (Also listed as a non-executive director by Business Week of Fyffes plc.

Should be a busy lady around now seeing as she is a member of the Governance Committee at the Bank of Ireland with news this week from Wikilieaks of alleged non-declaration of directors loans in the sum of 13million euros at BOI, two recent breaches of liquidity regulations and the ‘misunderstanding’ over a lower figure of bonuses for BOI talent declared to the Oireachtas last year.
Being a solicitor she should be able to sort all that out sharpish. And she is on the right committees to do so- Governance and Risk, and she has been a Board Member since 2007. Fees 31,500euros per annum. (No obvious political affiliation)

John Mullins, Chief Executive

John Mullins was appointed Chief Executive of Bord Gáis in December 2007 and was also appointed to the Board in December 2007. Mr Mullins is a member of the Investment / Infrastructure Committee. He has held senior management positions with Greenstar, ESB, ESB International and PricewaterhouseCoopers and was Chief Executive of Bioverda, part of the NTR plc. Group prior to joining Bord Gáis. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and is a member of the UCC Governing Body. He is also Vice President of the Cork Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Anamcara Charity and a Director of the COPE Foundation.

‘John Mullins of Bord Gáis took a basic salary cut from €288,000 to €270,000. But "other" payments rose from €73,000 to €124,000 — leaving him with a €33,000 pay rise.

It has since emerged that payments would have been sanctioned by the Department of Finance and bonuses would have been agreed to by the company’s remuneration committees which included representatives of the department.’ ‘

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.ie/ireland/ff-signed-off-on-huge-semi-state-pay-hikes-152334.html?sms_ss=blogger&at_xt=4db3041bb870daeb%2C0#ixzz1OVMTaJij

‘A quick call to Fine Gael HQ this week confirmed that John is currently a registered member of the party, membership he has held since his college days. The helpful party worker also confirmed that John Mullins was Young Fine Gael President in the early 90′s, possibly 1993-1995. The picture above is of John Mullins attending a Fine Gael BBQ in 1992.Surely John Mullins should be upfront with Bord Gais employees by letting them know just how close he is to the party who are intent in selling Bord Gais.’

http://bordgais.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/bord-gais-ceo-john-mullins-is-a-registered-member-of-fine-gael/

Laurence Crowley CBE (Honorary Commander British Empire awarded in 2009 for services to North/South relations)

Laurence Crowley was appointed to the Board in August 2009. Mr. Crowley is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk Committee. He is Chairman of Gaisce - the President’s Award, Ecocem Materials, An Smaoineamh Mór and Realex Payments and is co-Chairman of the North South Roundtable Group, Member of the board of Aer Lingus Group plc, the Gate Theatre, the Middletown Centre for Autism, the Economic and Social Research Institute. Mr. Crowley previously served as a director and subsequently Governor of Bank of Ireland, as Executive Chairman of the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin and as a former director of Rothmans International plc and Elan Corporation plc.

Fees 15,750 euros. Another Governor of the Bank of Ireland so he too like the Chairperson will no doubt be able to explain BOI’s recent difficulties with governance issues. (See Rose Hynes above)‘The then Bank of Ireland governor, Laurence Crowley, asserted that the bank was far ahead of modern standards on corporate governance and that, if any directors were found to have been involved in wrongdoing, they would be removed from the court.
We know, of course, from subsequent media leaks that, behind the scenes, there was some disquiet in relation to O’Brien’s continuing membership of the court.
Specifically, it emerged that TK Whitaker, the eminent public servant and former governor of the Central Bank, had raised concerns with Crowley, but no action was taken.’ http://kathleenbarrington.blogspot.com/2011/04/tycoon-and-bank-job.html
‘When he brought this to the attention of Laurence Crowley and their secret partner in Century, racehorse trainer John Mulhearn, who is married to Charles Haughey's daughter, Eimear, the three agreed the money should not be paid.’ http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/this-is-just-business-as-mara-exits-503938.html

Aidan Eames

Aidan Eames was appointed to the Board in March 2004 and was subsequently re-appointed in June 2009. Mr. Eames is Chairperson of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is the Principal of Eames Solicitors, Dublin. Mr. Eames has served as chairman and member of a number of state bodies and acts as advisor to leading commercial, technology and telecommunications companies. Mr. Eames was appointed a Director of Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited in May 2010. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Fees 15,750 euros.

‘Former Fianna Fail senator Aidan Eames sits on the board of An Bord Gais, which paid him €11,753 in 2009. He was appointed to the board of the nationalised Anglo Irish Bank last year.’http://irishfreepress.com/?p=4564

Proinsias Kitt

Proinsias Kitt is a member of the Board since April 2002. Mr. Kitt chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Risk Committee. He is Managing Partner in the business advisory firm DHKN Chartered Accountants, which has offices in Galway and Dublin and with over 100 staff is one of the largest Independant Audit /Taxation/Accountancy practices in Ireland. Over the past twenty five years Mr. Kitt has advised on significant commercial transactions in both private and public sector enterprise and he has particular expertise in dealing with owner-managed indigenous Irish businesses. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and has served on its General Practices Committee and is a Member of the Internal Audit Association.

Fees 15,750 euros. (No political affiliation evident.)

Joe O'Flynn

Joe O’Flynn, General Secretary of SIPTU, was appointed to the Board in November 2008 as the ESOP nominated Board Member. Mr. O’ Flynn is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He is a former Lord Mayor of Cork and former City Councillor and is also a director of three SIPTU affiliated bodies - the Institute for the Development of Employment Advancement Services, the Irish Trade Union Trust and the Larcon Centre- the controlling body for the Liberty Hall Centre for Performing Arts. He is also Treasurer of Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a member of its Executive Council.

Fees 15,750 euros. Labour Party former Mayor of Cork. See you at the barricades, brother.

Mike O'Hara

Mike O’Hara was appointed to the Board in December 2007 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mr. O’Hara is a Senior Vice President with Smith & Nephew, a UK based global medical technology company. Prior to this he was a Group Vice President of Operations at Boston Scientific Corporation with responsibility for multiple manufacturing sites in Ireland and the United States. He has over 20 years experience in the Multinational Medical Device Industry in Ireland and internationally

Fees 15,750 euros. (No political affiliation evident.)

Laurence K. Shields Fees 15,750 euros.

Laurence K. Shields was appointed to the Board in June 2009 and is Chairperson of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is Chairman and founding partner of LK Shields Solicitors, Dublin. Mr. Shields has served as President of the Law Society of Ireland and as President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. He is a former Director and Alternate Director of the Irish Takeover Panel Limited. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator and a director of a number of companies.

‘No doubt any rezoning of this land would result in much higher land values, so Sandymark and Mr Harney would gain much from a decision by South Dublin County Council to rezone. I was curious about this crowd Sandymark, so I went a digging. There are actually two Sandymark companies, Sandymark Investments Ltd and Sandymark Construction Ltd. Sandymark Investments is located at Greenogue Industrial Estate, Co Dublin. Sandymark Investments recently registered a mortgage, financed by Bank of Ireland, for the purchase of lands at Ashbrooke, known as the Murphy lands, owned by Michael Murphy and Michael Murphy Jnr.
But who owns Sandymark Investments? Well it’s owned by two more companies, Maple Nominees and Maple Secretaries. Here is the memorandum of association for the company.
And who owns the Maple firms? Well I had a look at the books of Maple Secretaries, purely out of curiosity. The directors are listed here. That would be the same solicitors listed on the forms for Sandymark. And note that the address given for the Maple companies is the same address as the solicitor firm in question.
Laurence K Shields
Edmund Butler
Hugh Garvey
Gerry Halpenny
Emmett Scully
Alan Browning (Secretary)’ Hat-tip to Gavin’s Blog http://www.gavinsblog.com/category/irish-politics-and-corruption/page/6/

Popular designation these days isn’t it? ‘Maple’? (No political affiliation evident.)

Imelda Hurley Fees 15,750 euros. (No political affiliation evident.)

Imelda Hurley was appointed to the Board in November 2010. Ms. Hurley is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and Risk Committee. Ms Hurley is currently Group Finance Director at Greencore Group plc ('Greencore'). Since joining Greencore in 2001 Ms. Hurley has held a number of senior leadership positions including Managing Director of Finance and Head of Investor Relations, Finance Director of Convenience Foods, Group Financial Controller and Group Commercial & Financial Manager. She is a director of a number of companies within Greencore. Prior to joining Greencore she was a manager within the Audit and Business Advisory practice of Arthur Andersen. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-06-2011, 03:48 PM
Bord na gCon

Bord na gCon is a commercial semi-state body, which is responsible for the control and development of the greyhound industry in Ireland. The Board was established pursuant to the Greyhound Industry Act (1958) which gives the Board wide powers to regulate all aspects of greyhound racing, from licensing of tracks to the issue of permits to officials, bookmakers and trainers.
A total of 17 tracks licensed by Bord na gCon operated during the year 2009. Eight of these tracks licensed are owned and operated by private enterprise. Funding for Bord na gCon is sourced by a turnover charge on the on-course bookmaker betting, by a percentage deduction from totalisator pools and Exchequer funding. Receipts from these sources are used to augment prize money, to grant-aid development at tracks to enable them to improve spectator facilities, to develop public auction sales, to advertise greyhound racing and to operate a national drug testing laboratory. http://www.igb.ie/upload/ANNUAL%20REPORT%202009%20-%20final.pdf

‘A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General three years ago drew attention to management and governance issues over a ten-year period up to 2006. In more recent times there has been talk in industry circles over a number of alleged cheating incidents. One high profile incident centred on a 'ringer' winning a race in Dundalk in June 2009, a matter eventually referred by Bord na gCon to the Gardaí eight months later.
According to well placed sources, Coveney's unease about elements within the sport forced him to break with his party's new policy on state board appointments before the ink was even dry on the agreement between the coalition partners. It is understood that Coveney had to get a special cabinet exemption to appoint Phil Meaney to the position.
It is also understood that Coveney (pictured) was concerned that the lack of a chairman for nearly two months led to a vacuum at the head of the organisation. The former chairman Dick O'Sullivan retired in February.’ http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/a-tale-of-two-state-board-short-cuts-2621857.html

Dick O’Sullivan (former Chairman) Fees 24,000euros (2009)
‘A chara, – While speaking at a ceremony to a honour a legendary greyhound, the chairman of Bord na gCon, Dick O’Sullivan, told the gathering that the “silent majority” was angered by the country’s treatment of Brian Cowen. He declared to Mr Cowen, who was in attendance, that “every decent Irish man and woman in this country feels angered and embarrassed by the treatment handed out to you over the past 12 months” (Home News, January 31st). How does Mr O’Sullivan know this and who gave him the mandate to state this?’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0202/1224288768974.html

Phil Meaney (current Chairman appointed by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney April 2011) Meaney is Chairman of Kilkenny Greyhound Company Ltd and a Fine Gael activist http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/a-tale-of-two-state-board-short-cuts-2621857.html

Adrian Neilan (Chief Executive Officer) Salary, pension, expenses 199,508euros (2009) No political affiliation evident.

Daniel J. Reilly Fees 14,000euros (2009) ‘Meanwhile, controversy continues to surround the decision of the government to reappoint a disqualified company director, Danny Reilly, to the board of Bord Na gCon. Reilly is a brother of Fianna fail councilor Tommy Reilly, who was forced to pull out of the Meath by-election following controversy over his involvement in the land deal with disgraced lobbyist Frank Dunlop. Documents obtained by the Sunday Tribune confirm the existence of two new lease agreements drawn up on the same day in 1997. Under the new agreement, Patricia O’Conner’s tenancy of the ground floor of the Annex building at the back of the board’s limerick headquarters was both extended to 5 years. Both documents were in breach of Board Na gCon guidelines.’ http://www.greyhound-data.com/knowledge.php?b=4&note=50609&order=&x=5

Tony McKenna Fees 14,000euros (2009) Former Fianna Fail Senator whose term of office ended in December 2010.

Teresa Wall Fees 14,000euros (2009) No political affiliation evident

Billy O’Dwyer Fees 14,000euros (2009) Thurles based appointee (Michael Lowry appointment)

Tim Gilbert Fees 14,000euros (2009) No political affiliation evident

jpc
06-06-2011, 04:30 PM
Just read through the Wasters and Ship of fools.
A bit numb to all the above at this point.
The remuneration committee is the one I love most of all though.
Master of the trough ladle.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-06-2011, 06:07 PM
Yes, Ross did a good job on the cronies and so on but I might as well keep going as its a searchable database when its done and might be useful for checking out appointments in the future.

The more checkable info available in easy to find format the harder it is for odd future appointments to slip past.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-06-2011, 06:10 PM
Was Shane Ross's 'Wasters' ever serialised in any Irish broadsheet? Stupid question I suppose ...?:)

jpc
06-06-2011, 09:59 PM
Yes, Ross did a good job on the cronies and so on but I might as well keep going as its a searchable database when its done and might be useful for checking out appointments in the future.

The more checkable info available in easy to find format the harder it is for odd future appointments to slip past.

Please don't take what I just said incorrectly.
You are adding meat to the work done in that book.
It's just the "business as normal attitude" in the shameless doling out of so many positions and the setting of of so many quangos that needs to be reported on in the media.
Ahern bought silence, bought votes and distanced the people from the government. Some achievement in one swoop
There is a distinct feeling of business as normal starting to assert itself I feel.
As the current crew don't have the balls for hard decisions (social partners etc)
Sorry party over folks
This is just picking the bones clean.

Dr. FIVE
07-06-2011, 04:19 PM
MHR not going anywhere on the last word now.

"Why pick on me...?"

Dr. FIVE
09-06-2011, 04:52 PM
http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-irish-problem-ghost-estates-the-irish-solution-yet-another-quango/

Captain Con O'Sullivan
09-06-2011, 07:02 PM
Thanks for that headsup FIVE- behind the obvious patronage system and the fact that the whole area of quangos in Ireland is clearly an incubator or storage place in Irish civil affairs for party hacks I feel there lies something else as well and that is the distancing from Ministerial Departments of responsibility for decision-making.

To have a quango set up to look at an issue is something of an abdication of responsibility in government and I suppose allows a government to frame a debate with an apparently independent set of experts in the media later.

I think this became obvious when the HSE was set up and Harney used the line 'that is a matter for the HSE' relentlessly whenever questioned on an issue to do with healthcare in Ireland.

I suspect an abundance of quangos is a symptom of a malaise in decision making in government.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
10-06-2011, 11:45 AM
Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge (administers schemes to assist publishers and authors to publish material of interest in the Irish language.) under the aegis of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs) responsibilities of Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge have been transferred to Foras na Gaeilge with effect from 1 January 2008.

Bord na Mona p.l.c is a private company limited by shares registered in Ireland.The Government owns 95pc of the company, with employees owning the rest.

Fergus McArdle (Chairman) Fergus McArdle (55) was appointed to the Board in November 2002 and as Chairman in September 2004. He is a senior partner at KMR Registered Auditors. He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants since 1978. He has a portfolio of personal business interests with directorships in Manufacturing, Service and Property Companies. He also serves on not for profit commercial business, sporting and charitable bodies. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts. (No political affiliation evident).

Gabriel D’Arcy (Managing Director) (50) was appointed as Managing Director in February 2008. Prior to joining Bord na Móna, he held a number of management positions in the Kerry Group, most recently Commercial Director, Kerry Ingredients Europe. He previously served as a Captain in the Defences Forces. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from University College Galway, an MSc from University College Dublin, an M.B.A. from Kingston University Business School, and an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from University of Ulster. He is a member of the Institute of Directors. Total salary package according to the last Report and Accounts on the BnM site 2008/2009 (where’s 2009/2010? It is now June 2011!) was 419,000euros inclusive of taxable benefits and pension. (No political affiliation evident).

Gabriel Cribbin (63) was first appointed to the Board in September 2005 and reappointed in October 2008. He is joint owner and Managing Director of Summerhill Lawns which provides gardening services. He was a member of Meath County Council for the past 20 years and also chaired the Meath County Development Board. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 account. Former Fianna Fail Councillor for Trim in Meath.

Rory Scanlan (63) was first appointed to the Board in May 2002 and re-appointed in June 2007. He is a sales and management consultant and author of “Professional Selling Skills”. He is a director of Ordnance Survey Ireland and several private companies and has previously served as a director of a number of State Bodies including Foir Teroanta and An Bord Trachtala. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts. A member of Fianna Fail’s National Executive according to this Independent report http://www.independent.ie/national-news/royston-row-over-50k-boozy-lunch-466265.html

Referred to as a ‘close associate’ of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and involved in a dispute over fundraising for Royston Brady’s campaign for the European elections in 2004.

Conor Skehan (51) was appointed to the Board in May 2008. He is the founder of a number of specialist professional consultancies and is currently Head of the Department of Environment and Planning at DIT. He specialises in Foresighting, Environmental Protection and Strategic Planning across a range of sectors that include industry, energy and tourism. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts. I believe Conor Skehan may have stepped down from his non-executive position on this Board since the 2008/2009 report was published.No political affiliation evident.

Peter Wyer (60) was appointed to the Board in May 2008. He has a Commerce and Law Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway. Having spent some time in Merchant Banking he moved into sales where he spent most of his career. He joined Arch Motors Ltd. Galway in 1976 where he is currently Sales Director and Company Secretary. He is also a director of a number of other related companies. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts. I believe this is the former Chairman of the Progressive Democrats.

Paudge Bennett (55) was appointed to the Board in January 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1973 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a Storeman in Boora Works since then. He served as a Trustee of the Bord na Móna Pension Schemes for 11 years until 2006. Salary & fees average across the four Workers Participation Directors at 67,000 euro in 2008/2009.

Paddy Fox (60) was appointed to the Board in January 1999 and reappointed in 2003 and 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1970 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a team leader since 1990. He holds a Diploma in Management and Industrial Relations. Salary & fees average across the four Workers Participation Directors at 67,000 euro in 2008/2009.

Pat Kane (59) was appointed to the Board in January 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1965 and was made permanent in 1966. He has worked in various positions within the Company. Salary & fees average across the four Workers Participation Directors at 67,000 euro in 2008/2009.

Paddy Rowland (41) was appointed to the Board in January 2003 and reappointed in Jan 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1984 as an apprentice fitter, worked in Peat Energy as a Draughtsman and is currently a member of the Corporate Communication team in Newbridge. He is also a member of Tullamore Town Council since 2004 and was re-elected in 2009. Salary & fees average across the four Workers Participation Directors at 67,000 euro in 2008/2009. Former Fianna Fail Town Councillor for Tullamore.

Rose McHugh (45) is the Head of Merrion Capital’s Munster office which was established in Cork in 2006. Merrion Capital provides a wide range of services to clients in wealth management and corporate finance. Prior to joining Merrion, Rose was Deputy CEO at SWS Group, a renewable energy and diversified services group. Before that Rose was a Director of Taxes with Ernst and Young. Rose was appointed to Chair the Board of An Bord Iascaigh Mhara in June 2006. Rose is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She has an honours law degree from UCC. She is an associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland and in 2000 she completed an MBA at UCC. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts

'‘A €280,000 office decentralisation contract was sourced from a company linked to a state board chairwoman, it has emerged. The building in Clonakilty was due to act as temporary accommodation for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) before a permanent headquarters was constructed in the town. It was sourced without being put out to tender by the OPW from SWS Property Services Group, owned by SWS group and whose deputy chief executive Rose McHugh was a board member of BIM at the time.’
Independent article Saturday March 15 2008’ http://www.independent.ie/national-n...r-1318396.html
Rose is also a Member of the Board of Bord Na Mona. http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?p=143529


David Taylor (63) was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He is an independent strategic advisor on sustainable energy and holds professional qualifications in engineering (BE Chemical) and management (MSc Management). He advises the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security on sustainable energy and energy security issues. Formerly CEO of Sustainable Energy Ireland he has represented the Irish Government’s energy research and development interests at EU and the International Energy Agency. Non-executive Directors fees average out at just over 13,000euros per annum according to the 2008/2009 accounts. No political affiliation evident.

‘D'Arcy also dismisses suggestions that Bord na Móna is heavily reliant on state assistance, even though more than €120m of its sales, the equivalent to 30% of its annual turnover, are attributable to government measures designed to promote peat. The company's annual report indicates that it earned €64.8m last year from milled peat sales to the ESB for two peat-fired power stations which it is legally obliged to run. Meanwhile, its electricity sales of €56.7m stem from the fact that Eirgrid, the national grid operator, is legally forced to accept power from Bord na Móna's Edenderry power station even when it is more expensive than other sources. In all, this state assistance is worth ten times more to Bord na Mona than the €12m dividend it paid the government last year. A recent study from UCD's Electricity Research Centre also revealed that the taxpayer subsidised peat-fired power stations by between €2m and €103m per year between 2003 and 2007 through the public service obligation (PSO) levy. These figures are disputed by D'Arcy. "For the last five years, wholesale price of electricity has been about 30% to 40% higher than the Bord na Móna price of electricity. In the last six months, that price has collapsed and it's beneath the Bord na Móna price. But we are confident we could compete very effectively on the public market," he said.’ http://www.tribune.ie/article/2009/jul/26/bord-na-mona-under-the-snip-nua-spotlight/

Bord o Ulster-Scotch Now part funded by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs but handled by Foras Teanga under the North-South Ministerial Council.

‘Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch is co-funded on the basis of 25% from this Department and 75% from DCAL - an overall budget provision of £3,327,600 was approved by the NSMC for 2010.’
http://www.pobail.ie/en/IrishLanguage/AnForasTeanga/

Captain Con O'Sullivan
13-06-2011, 09:22 AM
Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board

James Morris (Chair), is a graduate of Trinity College and trained as a Film Editor in London. He founded Windmill Lane Pictures and Recording Studios on his return to Dublin. He led the Windmill Consortium to win the television franchise for TV3 in 1989. In 1990 he founded The Mill – Film and TV Post Production Company in London. He was appointed non-executive Chairman of TV3 in 1998. He joined the board of the International Dublin Film Festival in 2004. No obvious political affiliation evident
James Hickey (Chief Executive) is a Partner of and Head of the Media and Entertainment law group of Ireland’s largest law firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice. James is recognised internationally as a leading expert in the field of film and television production. He is well known for representing many leading Irish film and television production companies as well as actors, writers, directors, composers and for working in the field of media and entertainment law. He was formerly Chairman of the Projects Arts Centre and the Abbey Theatre and has had a lifetime commitment to the Irish film industry. No political affiliation evident.

Tristan Orpen Lynch has been involved in the Irish film and music industry since 1989. With his company Subotica Films, Tristan has produced a major documentary on the Abbey Theatre for RTE and the feature film SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY starring Aidan Quinn and Iain Glen. His most recent production has been the RTE TV drama “Proof”. No political affiliation evident.

Lesley Mc Kimm, is an independent Producer who has been working in television drama, film and documentary production for the last 14 years. Her producing credits include the drama series "Any Time Now" for BBC 1 & RTE 1, "No Tears" for RTE 1, 'Relative Strangers' for RTE & ZDF and the historical documentary series "In Search of Ancient Ireland" for PBS and RTE. She runs the production company Comet Films. No political affiliation evident.

Kevin Moriarty is Managing Director of Ardmore Studios. He is Chair of the Kerry Screen Commission and a board member of the Wicklow Film Commission and the Irish Film Institute. Kevin is also Chairman of the Media Desk Ireland. No political affiliation evident.

Kirsten Sheridan is a writer, director and producer. After graduating with a distinction from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, design and Technology in 1998. Kirsten followed her award winning college short "Patterns" with an Irish Film Board/RTE short cut "The Case of Majella McGinty". She directed her first feature, the critically acclaimed DISCO PIGS in 2001 and went on to co-write the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated IN AMERICA. No political affiliation evident.
Some controversy within Irish filmmaking circles over Kirsten Sheridan’s seat on the Irish Film Board from whom she has had support for eight projects over five years;

‘A DIRECTOR and screenwriter who sits on the Irish Film Board has been awarded a total of €217,000 in development funding during the past six years. Kirsten Sheridan, the daughter of the six-time Oscar-nominated director JimSheridan, was approved by the board for eight development and production loans during the past five years.
Sheridan sits on the board of the Irish Film Board and has claimed fees of almost €25,000 from the organisation since 2005. The Irish Film Board said it had strict guidelines in place to prevent any possibility of a conflict of interest but some industry sources have privately expressed unhappiness at the arrangement. Sheridan declined to comment.
In 2005, Sheridan was awarded €40,000 in funding for two films: Some Rain Must Fall and It Could Be You, both of which remain in development. Two years later, the director – who has made two films, Disco Pigs and August Rush – was awarded €30,000 in grants for two projects: It Could Be You again, and Faith.’ http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/apr/25/film-board-criticised-over-217000-funding-to-key-m/

Barry Grace, a composere who has worked on a range of TV commercials and TV programming including DEAR DAUGHTER for RTE and film director/producer Johnny Gogan, whose credits include THE LAST BUS HOME and MAPMAKER. No political affiliation evident.

Johnny Gogan founded Bandit Films in 1989 and has directed and produced over ten films for cinema and TV, including the award-winning features THE LAST BUS HOME and MAPMAKER. Founding editor of Film Ireland magazine in 1987 for Filmbase, more recent innovations have included the world cinema exhibitor Cinema North West, the organisation he chaired until 2007 and Adaptation, the Leitrim based festival which celebrates the relationship of literature and cinema. Green Party candidate in Sligo North Leitrim 2004, 2009 ,2011 (unsuccessful)

The board is in place until 2012. ‘The Irish Film Board receives a capital and administrative funding from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. The capital grant covers development and production loans and training. In 2009, the Board will receive €3.023 million for administration purposes and €18,817 million for capital costs.’ http://www.arts-sport-tourism.gov.ie/arts/film/irish_film_board.html

Dr. FIVE
22-06-2011, 01:14 PM
Sitting on the Board of Trustees at Chester Betty Library (http://www.cbl.ie/About-Us/The-Chester-Beatty-Library/Trustees.aspx) is one Caroline Grey, wife of our friend Alan.
A recent appointment so probably Hanafin though it could be Jimmy Deenihan as he had 3 appointments to make 3May (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-05-03.1363.0&s=Chester+Beatty+Library.#g1365.0.r). Its smells like FF to me though.

Also there is Madeleine O'Sullivan wife of Ned courtesy if Martin Cullen.


Money wise:

The Library receives most of its income from the generous support of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism (Roughly €2-250,000 at first glance but I need to check again.) and must make up any shortfall through earnings and donations.




CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY ACT, 1986 (http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1986/en/act/pub/0017/print.html#sec4)


The Minister may, in his absolute discretion, pay to the trustees an amount equal to the whole or any part of any moneys expended by the trustees in respect of work carried out on or after the 18th day of October, 1984, and before the passing of this Act in relation to the maintenance, upkeep, repair, renovation, or improvement of the premises.


Expenses.


4.—The expenses incurred by the Commissioners in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.





They pay €1,337 each year (http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-05-17.1196.0&s=Chester+Beatty+Library.#g1198.0.r) for membership of IBEC

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-06-2011, 01:24 PM
Thats an interesting one FIVE. Sorry for the hiatus on the Quango Hammer but I have been tracking recent developments. Should be free to resume again from the end of this week.

I've been watching the latest on the Citizens Advice Board as well with the standoff between Joan Burton and the Healy-Rae 'team'....

Dr. FIVE
22-06-2011, 01:29 PM
tbh we could nearly do another thread on the arts boards alone.
Some amount of cronies there.

The thread was 6months going yesterday btw

Captain Con O'Sullivan
28-06-2011, 01:49 PM
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Under the Broadcasting Act 2009 the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)
1. took over the functions of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the

Broadcasting Complaints Commission,
2. as well as certain powers of the RTÉ Authority and the board of Téilifis na Gaeilge (TG4) on 1 October 2009.

3. It will have new powers to fine broadcasters where it deems appropriate contract breaches require such but do not necessitate premature contract end
The Authority came officially come into being when a Statutory Instrument appointed 1 October 2009 as the day for it to assume its powers is made by the Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources. Until then, the BCI continued to operate under the terms of the Radio and Television Act 1988, notwithstanding the 2009 Act's repeal of that Act.

The Authority is comprised of nine members. Five members were announced on 30 September 2009 and were appointed by the Government of Ireland on the nomination of the Minister and a further four were appointed following the nomination of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

The five government appointees to the Authority are:

Bob Collins, who will assume the role of Chairperson; currently Chairman of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland, Chair of Connect-World and former DG of RTÉ.

Paula Downey (Partner at Downey Youell Associates) Another of these new-agey christian types with a mission to heal organisations. No obvious political connection.
Quote: ‘If I were a priest in parish life today and conscious of my role in a world in transition, I'd replace some of the church pews with round tables and coffee pots and create a space for new conversations in which people meet each other and confront these truths. With the wisdom of Christian thought as a backdrop, I'd put current issues centre-stage to focus people's attention on the world they live in and the part they play in it. Money and debt, climate change and resource depletion, war and infringements of human rights are all contemporary moral issues urgently deserving our attention, not as consumers of media but as engaged citizens with a moral duty to act. I'd broaden the range of voices by inviting religious sisters and lay people to offer their perspectives and experiences to the congregation, and I'd facilitate a conversation in which ordinary people make sense of these ideas. In this way, the patriarchal and largely one-way Mass would become a ritualized communal space in which people rediscover their power to shape their context.’ http://ercbna.org/Spirituality/RELIGIOUS%20LIFE%20FOR%20A%20WORLD%20OF%20TRANSITI ON.pdf

(Two-way Masses .. that’ll go down a storm with the other Jesus Sherpa on this board- John Waters.)

Michelle McShortall (Lead Designer at Intuition, e-learning company in Dublin) No obvious political connection.

Dr. Maria Moloney (lawyer and formerly Northern Ireland’s representative on the UK’s Independent Television Commission) No obvious political connection.

John Waters columnist with Irish Times newspaper and well known Jesus Sherpa. No obvious political connection. (No obvious reason to have him on the Broadcast Authority of Ireland either).

Captain Con O'Sullivan
28-06-2011, 02:26 PM
Carlow County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet. Still up and running as of 28 June 2011 according to their Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlow-County-Enterprise-Board/192609862661

The Board is a statutory agency operating under the Industrial Development Act 1995. It is funded by the Irish Government and the EU Structural Funds under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013. Each CEB operates as a stand-alone limited company whose activities are performed on the basis of an operating agreement drawn up between it and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Exchequer, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides most of the funding for the CEBs.
The composition of each Board is set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association and it is designed to ensure broad representation from the community. Typically Boards include representatives of FS, the local City or County Councils, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, Tourism Authorities, Unions and the private sector. It should be noted that Board members provide their services in a voluntary and unpaid capacity. A key function of the Board is to decide the level and nature of support to be provided in individual cases having regard to their viability.http://www.enterpriseboards.ie/about.aspx

Mr. Tom Barry (Chairperson) Carlow County Manager

Mr. Michael Brown SIPTU

Ms. Eithne Condon Irish Country Women’s Association

Cllr. Michael Doran Councillor

Mr. Tom Geoghegan IBEC

Dr. Patrica Mulcahy Institute of Technology, Carlow

Mr. Declan Murphy Regional Tourism Officer

Cllr. John Pender Councillor

Cllr. Fergal Browne Councillor

Ms. Eileen O Rourke Carlow Tourism

Mr. David Richardson IFA

Cllr. Jim Townsend Councillor

Ms Mary Walsh Carlow County Development Partnership

Eoin Kehoe Carlow Chamber of Commerce

C. Flower
28-06-2011, 04:51 PM
Carlow County Enterprise Board The June 2009 ‘An Snip Nua’ report from Colm McCarthy recommended that County and City Enterprise Boards be merged with Enterprise Ireland as part of the proposed cost savings identified by his Committee. There are no indications that this recommendation has been implemented as yet. Still up and running as of 28 June 2011 according to their Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlow-County-Enterprise-Board/192609862661

The Board is a statutory agency operating under the Industrial Development Act 1995. It is funded by the Irish Government and the EU Structural Funds under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013. Each CEB operates as a stand-alone limited company whose activities are performed on the basis of an operating agreement drawn up between it and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Exchequer, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides most of the funding for the CEBs.
The composition of each Board is set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association and it is designed to ensure broad representation from the community. Typically Boards include representatives of FS, the local City or County Councils, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, Tourism Authorities, Unions and the private sector. It should be noted that Board members provide their services in a voluntary and unpaid capacity. A key function of the Board is to decide the level and nature of support to be provided in individual cases having regard to their viability.http://www.enterpriseboards.ie/about.aspx

Mr. Tom Barry (Chairperson) Carlow County Manager

Mr. Michael Brown SIPTU

Ms. Eithne Condon Irish Country Women’s Association

Cllr. Michael Doran Councillor

Mr. Tom Geoghegan IBEC

Dr. Patrica Mulcahy Institute of Technology, Carlow

Mr. Declan Murphy Regional Tourism Officer

Cllr. John Pender Councillor

Cllr. Fergal Browne Councillor

Ms. Eileen O Rourke Carlow Tourism

Mr. David Richardson IFA

Cllr. Jim Townsend Councillor

Ms Mary Walsh Carlow County Development Partnership

Eoin Kehoe Carlow Chamber of Commerce

I would be interested to know if they meet in working hours or in their personal time, and how many free lunches, if any, come with the gig.

whydontwe
28-06-2011, 05:22 PM
CF...yes, very apt question....which could be applied to all of these....my own suspicion is that no one...literally no one...in politics is pro-bono...and the likelihood is that there are 'freebies' of some nature....I'd bet me house on it....oops, sorry...don't have a house !!

Captain Con O'Sullivan
28-06-2011, 08:06 PM
It is a good question and I must have a look again to see if there are any expenses involved- I wouldn't expect there to be as the Councillors would be gettng exes from the Council anyway.

With a quango like this that is effectively a grantmaking organisation I'd be heavily tempted to root around the companies that received grants and see if there are any connections to the grantmaking Board.

I'm not saying there is- but when I looked at the Film Board I couldn't help noticing that one of the Board had received funding 5 times in a few years.

I'd much rather people on Boards didn't qualify for applications for funding at all. Don't like that kind of circular arrangement and I loathe those cute little notes in some of the quango accounts that say something like when an issue which directly affects a director her or she left the room.

Thats just playtime stuff. No director should be allowed to receive funding for any private business if they are on a funding board.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
04-07-2011, 06:53 PM
Carlow Education Support Centre (Part-time centre)

Director Seamus Walshe. No political affiliation evident (There is a Seamus Walshe who was election agent for Sinn Fein in Tullaghmore but I don’t think this is the same chap.)

Carlow Institute of Technology (There is a Governing Body of IT Carlow but they seem to be shyer than Spectre. I know Dick Roche was on the governing body for some years. Ruairi Quinn as Minister for Education can only appoint one Director and I assume that would be the President according to an answer to a written question in the Oireachtas record. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/05/03/00149.asp

President Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn ‘Dr Neavyn graduated from DIT and TCD in Applied Science and obtained a PhD in physical and atmospheric chemistry from UCD. He performed post doctoral research work in the University of California, Irvine in the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences.
Before coming to IT Carlow he held several senior management positions at Limerick IT including Head of Development and Registrar.’ http://www.educationmatters.ie/2010/01/20/new-chair-of-institutes-of-technology-ireland-ioti/
(No political affiliation evident)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 12:42 PM
Censorship of Publications Board & Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

On 2 October 1925, the Minister for Justice, Kevin O'Higgins stated in Dail Eireann that the existing censorship laws were sufficient to deal with the sale and distribution of obscene literature and that it was not the State's duty to decide what was proper for the Irish public to read. The public disagreed with this, however, and public pressure caused O'Higgins to appoint a Committee on Evil Literature to discover whether it was necessary to extend the government's existing censorship powers so that public morality could be safeguarded. The Committee, consisting of a professor of English Literature, two members of parliament, a Church of Ireland clergyman and a Roman Catholic priest heard submissions from individuals, organisations and institutions, including religious and social institutions. Its report, which expressed dissatisfaction with the existing laws, was presented its report to the minister on 28 December 1926. One problem was that the vast majority of the publishers of offensive material operated outside Ireland, leaving only individual booksellers and distributors liable to prosecution. Their prosecution did not have any real impact on the availability of objectionable material. Another problem was that powers of customs and postal authorities to seize this material was ill-defined and seizure was thus ineffectual. The Committee concluded that it was the Irish state's duty to prevent the circulation of publications that were considered to be obscene and morally corrupting. The Committee proposed the introduction of new legislation and the establishment of a censorship board to advise the minister on which publications should be prohibited. The new legislation — the Censorship of Publications Act, 1929 — established the Censorship of Publications Board. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_of_Publications_Board_(Ireland)

(The Censorship of Publications Board examines any book or periodical referred to it by a Customs and Excise officer or by a member of the public. It can also examine any such publication on its own initiative. If the Board finds a certain publication to be obscene, it can be prohibited for a period of time. During this period any buying, selling or distribution of the publication in the Republic of Ireland is banned.)

The Censorship of Publications Board and the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board have five members each. The current Board lasts for five years and its members' term of office will expire in November 2006. None of the members are paid for their services. The members of both boards are appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. However, both boards are independent authorities and no minister has power over their decisions.

In Fine Gael’s ‘Reinventing Government’ policy document of November 2010 the following proposal was put forward on quangos;

‘Department of Justice and Law Reform
… Merge Censorship of Publications Board and Office of Film Censor and Irish Film Classification Office into single Censorship Office. Merge Censorship of Publications Appeals Board and Censorship of Films Appeal Board into single Censorship Appeals Office. …’

Can we not just abolish these two quango embarrassments to the Irish nation and have done with it? EDIT; The two unpaid quangos seem to have been merged with the Film Classification Office as proposed;

'Office of Censorship of Publications
c/o Irish Film Classification OfficeBlackhall Walk
Smithfield
Dublin 7
Ireland'

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/recreational_activities_in_ireland/censorship_in_ireland/censorship_of_publications_in_ireland.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 01:25 PM
Some recent appointees to the above Censorship Boards;

Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

Ms Mary Banotti (appointed Sept 2006 to 11th February 2009 by Michael McDowell)
Mr. David Quinn (appointed Sept 2006 to 11th February 2009 by Michael McDowell)
Mr. David Goldberg SC (appointed Sept 2006 to 11th February 2009 by Michael McDowell)
Ms Clare Martin (appointed Sept 2006 to 11th February 2009 by Michael McDowell)
http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/archive/2006/september/2006%2009%2001%20IO%20Issue.PDF

Fiona O’Loughlin MCC, TC (by Lenihan 28 Sept 2007)

Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

From 02 July 2010 issue of Oifiguil; http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/archive/2010/july/Ir020710.pdf ‘The Minister for Justice and Law Reform in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 3 of the Censorship of Publications Act 1946, has appointed Ms Paula Mullooly to be Chairperson of the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board and the following persons to be Ordinary Members of the Board which will expire on 11 February 2012:

Ms Eileen Brophy
Ms Mairead Carey
Mr. Stephen Fleming
Ms Alison O’Connor

Obviously Bannotti is immediately recognisable but I need to check the other names yet for crony consanguinity...

Dr. FIVE
05-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Is that the David Quinn?

Baron von Biffo
05-07-2011, 02:05 PM
I would be interested to know if they meet in working hours or in their personal time, and how many free lunches, if any, come with the gig.

I can't speak for the Carlow CEB but in the past I was a director of 3 organisations (2 local and 1 national) that received all or the greater part of their funding from the exchequer.

All were unpaid though the national position carried an honorarium of £1,200 relating to duties above and beyond ordinary directorship.

Meetings of all 3 were usually at night or weekends. In exceptional cases where meetings were necessary in business hours board members had to make their own arrangements with our employers.

Neither local board paid expenses other than reimbursement for petty cash type purchases for the secretary and treasurer.

There were public servants who held ex-officio directorships of the local boards. Given their seniority I doubt they were paid overtime. They may have been in receipt of mileage or other allowance from their employer, I can't say either way.

The only free food and drink I can recall from the local boards was tea and biscuits at the meetings and once we had a minister down for a formal launch so sticky things on crackers and cheap wine was on offer.

The national organisation provided a fax machine and a second phone line at my home. Mileage was paid for travel to board meetings and on business around the country. Where necessary hotel accommodation and meals were provided.

Most of the people who served on those boards would have been out of pocket as a result of their membership.

In Ireland today shouting 'Quango' is the same as shouting 'Witch' was in Salem in the seventeenth century. It immediately brings all thought to an end and paints people as wrongdoers.

We should be looking at all our state boards and public bodies to ensure that they are delivering a service that we need in a cost effective way and that the people on their boards are capable of doing the job they were appointed to do. Unfortunately we seem to be more interested in populist complaints about someone getting a free burger.

C. Flower
05-07-2011, 02:07 PM
Is that the David Quinn?

Good question.

C. Flower
05-07-2011, 02:13 PM
I can't speak for the Carlow CEB but in the past I was a director of 3 organisations (2 local and 1 national) that received all or the greater part of their funding from the exchequer.

All were unpaid though the national position carried an honorarium of £1,200 relating to duties above and beyond ordinary directorship.

Meetings of all 3 were usually at night or weekends. In exceptional cases where meetings were necessary in business hours board members had to make their own arrangements with our employers.

Neither local board paid expenses other than reimbursement for petty cash type purchases for the secretary and treasurer.

There were public servants who held ex-officio directorships of the local boards. Given their seniority I doubt they were paid overtime. They may have been in receipt of mileage or other allowance from their employer, I can't say either way.

The only free food and drink I can recall from the local boards was tea and biscuits at the meetings and once we had a minister down for a formal launch so sticky things on crackers and cheap wine was on offer.

The national organisation provided a fax machine and a second phone line at my home. Mileage was paid for travel to board meetings and on business around the country. Where necessary hotel accommodation and meals were provided.

Most of the people who served on those boards would have been out of pocket as a result of their membership.

In Ireland today shouting 'Quango' is the same as shouting 'Witch' was in Salem in the seventeenth century. It immediately brings all thought to an end and paints people as wrongdoers.

We should be looking at all our state boards and public bodies to ensure that they are delivering a service that we need in a cost effective way and that the people on their boards are capable of doing the job they were appointed to do. Unfortunately we seem to be more interested in populist complaints about someone getting a free burger.

I think everyone should be paid for work they do, at reasonable rates, and that no one, intern or director, should have to pay to go to work.

On the quangos, you have precisely nailed it. The point is, do they deliver a necessary service, in the most cost effective way ? By and large, my view is that they don't. The services are usually necessary, but there was absolutely no need to separate them off from the normal, more accountable, public sector. If a board is not actually necessary, but only came into being because
a government function was spun off from the civil service and launched as a semi-independent life form without good reason, then every last Marie biscuit was wasted.

Having said that, I fully appreciate that a lot of people, public sector workers included, put a lot of unpaid time into doing good stuff over and above the 9 - 5 call of duty.

Dr. FIVE
05-07-2011, 02:19 PM
In Ireland today shouting 'Quango' is the same as shouting 'Witch' was in Salem in the seventeenth century. It immediately brings all thought to an end and paints people as wrongdoers.


What is to be expected when we see what goes on?

Wall to wall failed cllrs and cronies.

ang
05-07-2011, 03:42 PM
Consumer agencies to be merged :-


The Government has given the go-ahead for the creation of a new Consumer and Competition Authority.

Under draft proposals from Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton, the board of the National Consumer Agency will be scrapped when it is merged with the Competition Authority to form the new body.

The proposals approved by Cabinet this morning will form the basis of the Consumer and Competition Bill, which is expected to go before the Oireachtas during the next Dáil term.

The new authority will have two to six members, no CEO nor board and will report directly to the Minister, resulting in savings of approximately €170,000 per year.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0705/breaking51.html#.ThMtsCl0NPk.twitter

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 03:54 PM
Thanks Ang and noted for the sweep up ... I've yet to dig through those names on the Censorship of Publications Boards and will do that tonight- that Quinn moniker stood out for me too but I need to check on that- deadline surfing at work.

It wouldn't surprise me if some dingbat had crept onto that kind of board like a slug to lettuce.

What a name for a quango in a supposed Republican democracy. Should never have existed at all.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 05:56 PM
I can't speak for the Carlow CEB but in the past I was a director of 3 organisations (2 local and 1 national) that received all or the greater part of their funding from the exchequer.

All were unpaid though the national position carried an honorarium of £1,200 relating to duties above and beyond ordinary directorship.

Meetings of all 3 were usually at night or weekends. In exceptional cases where meetings were necessary in business hours board members had to make their own arrangements with our employers.

Neither local board paid expenses other than reimbursement for petty cash type purchases for the secretary and treasurer.

There were public servants who held ex-officio directorships of the local boards. Given their seniority I doubt they were paid overtime. They may have been in receipt of mileage or other allowance from their employer, I can't say either way.

The only free food and drink I can recall from the local boards was tea and biscuits at the meetings and once we had a minister down for a formal launch so sticky things on crackers and cheap wine was on offer.

The national organisation provided a fax machine and a second phone line at my home. Mileage was paid for travel to board meetings and on business around the country. Where necessary hotel accommodation and meals were provided.

Most of the people who served on those boards would have been out of pocket as a result of their membership.

In Ireland today shouting 'Quango' is the same as shouting 'Witch' was in Salem in the seventeenth century. It immediately brings all thought to an end and paints people as wrongdoers.

We should be looking at all our state boards and public bodies to ensure that they are delivering a service that we need in a cost effective way and that the people on their boards are capable of doing the job they were appointed to do. Unfortunately we seem to be more interested in populist complaints about someone getting a free burger.

I agree with you Baron that where people are making an effort to get involved in the community in some way then that should be grounds for thanks and respect. I have come across a handful of paid quangos where the boards are doing great work as far as I can see and have flagged that up.

Vocational Education Committees where people are going above and beyond their jobs I'd say the same.

Unfortunately it means digging through the quangos to be able to tell the difference .. for example there are those who do sterling work on the VECs and there are then some right vested interest sinks around the country as well.

All of the chancers claim to be 'serving' alongside people who do actually serve the community and thats the pity of it. Have to seperate them somehow.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 06:50 PM
I can see appointments to the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board which is available from Irisoifigul but I'm having trouble finding out who the actual Censorship of Publications 5 Board members are;

On a wide area search I came up with this note from Wikipedia on the Irish Writers Union page;

'In the 1980s a new Censorship of Publications Board composed of a body of retired judges started banning books afresh, among them works by Angela Carter; Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex; and various academic volumes dealing with erotic Classical art. The ban was upheld against the protests of the Writers’ Union. A member of the Senior Council offered to take up the Union’s cause on a pro bono basis, on the grounds that the Board were interfering with the legitimate rights of authors to earn a living[4].
The poet and IWU member Robert Gracen had known Alex Comfort from their days as medical students in Dublin and put Jack Harte in touch with Comfort. On the grounds of performing a reading from his poetry, Comfort felt able to accept an invitation to appear at Buswell’s Hotel, an event at which Comfort’s views as a medical doctor and scientist on the importance of being able to write about sexual matters were aired[4]. Such acts as these chipped away at the authority of the Censorship Board and when its five-year ban expired, The Joy of Sex duly appeared on Irish bookshop shelves.'

is it possible we have retired judges passing opinion on what printed word materiel can be published in Ireland?

I hope not but I have this horrible feeling there are some old farts from one of the most reactionary bodies outside the actual church still at this- if that is the case it needs to be stopped. What makes me suspicious is that I can find no names for members of the actual Board.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 07:13 PM
Is that the David Quinn?

I've been trying to verify whether this one is the same as the Iona David Quinn but I can't find anything to say whether it is or not so far.

If it is him then it means some thick little peasant in the Irish government seems to think that appointing fanatical christians to the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board and oddballs like John Waters to the Broadcast Authority is a good idea.

No religious fanatics should be anywhere near boards on censorship. Its like putting an alcoholic to watch the goods in a scotch warehouse and hoping it'll be alright. Boards on Censorship should not exist at all to be honest.

Dr. FIVE
05-07-2011, 08:03 PM
The list of prohibited publications (http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Register%20of%20Prohibited%20Publications%202010.p df/Files/Register%20of%20Prohibited%20Publications%202010.p df) as on Dec 2010 is interesting.

I get the abortions, sex guides and smut but why so many detective, crime stuff and psychology?

lol at some of the titles too

Baron von Biffo
05-07-2011, 08:30 PM
On the quangos, you have precisely nailed it. The point is, do they deliver a necessary service, in the most cost effective way ? By and large, my view is that they don't. The services are usually necessary, but there was absolutely no need to separate them off from the normal, more accountable, public sector. If a board is not actually necessary, but only came into being because a government function was spun off from the civil service and launched as a semi-independent life form without good reason, then every last Marie biscuit was wasted.

There are very sound reasons for putting certain public functions at arms length from politicians.

Few here would quibble about the need to keep the boundary commission free from political interference. We can easily see that the Civil Service Commission kept our civil service free of corruption. If Lotto funds were disbursed by a quango it might rid us of the bias in favour of ministers constituencies.

Where there's a commercial aspect to the service like say the DAA or the ESB, it makes sense to have day-to-day decision making based on best commercial practice rather than political expediency. It's also a good idea to spare such organisations from having to deal with endless PQs from grandstanding TDs. Older readers will remember that in the days of the P&T it wasn't unheard of for a TD to ask a minister in the Dail chamber to explain why a constituent hadn't their phone installed.

The other side of the argument is that a quango can allow a minister to evade responsibility - Harney and the HSE immediately springs to mind. While that does happen it isn't an argument for the abolition of all state bodies. It's a problem that the Oireachtas can deal with by imposing proper systems for holding the minister appropriately accountable.

If we looked at all state bodies calmly and objectively and weighed up whether they provided a necessary public service as efficiently as possible we'd be doing ourselves a favour. Unfortunately we've been whipped up to a state of hysteria by anti PS ideologues into believing that quango = evil. Add in the current mood of short-termism and blind penny pinching and it's hard to see anything good coming from a review of public bodies.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Do we have to have a sem-state sector because we are afraid of corruption if those duties were carried out under Ministries?

Then isn't there something wrong with the detection and deterrence of corruption in the public service?

The thing is in Ireland that it again falls under the sway of patronage. What does Paidi O'Se the Kerry footballer and publican bring to Bord Iascaigh Mhara?

There are people doing a good job in the semi-state sector. But there are desperate patronage appointments in that sector distributed by Ministers to their supporters.

That is obvious in Ireland. We're in a bad way if we have to have a relatively massive semi-state sector because we can't trust the effect of the patronage system or corruption in the public sector.

Ideally each Ministry should regulate and administer its sector but its handy for Ministers and senior civil servants to have a built in cutoff where they get paid to be responsible and yet hand away responsibility to cronies on a board. Harney is a good example of this as Minister for Health parotting the phrase 'Thats a matter for the HSE' every time some disastrous event falls out of the health service.

Dr. FIVE
05-07-2011, 09:27 PM
Paula Mullooly is on the BAI committee too by the looks of things.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
05-07-2011, 09:34 PM
Aye- she's a solicitor with specialisation in media, defamation and obscenity/internet issues and was on a Government Working Group on those issues so I can see the logic and a reason for her being there (more than there being a reason for a Censorship in Publications Board or Appeal Board!)

'As a Partner in Simon McAleese Solicitors, Paula advises in relation to Media Law and Commercial Litigation. Paula's range of experience in Media Law includes advising Irish and international clients including print, broadcast, and electronic publishers on issues from defamation and contempt of court to privacy and freedom of information. Paula has acted in some of the most high profile media litigation in this jurisdiction including the first Irish case to be brought before the European Court of Human Rights. Paula was a member of the Government's Working Group on Defamation which advised on reform of the law of defamation leading to the passing into law of the Defamation Act 2009. Paula also lectures on the Law of Defamation and on Obscenity and the Internet at the Law Society of Ireland.' http://www.legal500.com/firms/16228/offices/17141/lawyers/23480

John Waters' presence is another matter entirely.

PaddyJoe
06-07-2011, 01:03 AM
Consumer agencies to be merged :-



http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0705/breaking51.html#.ThMtsCl0NPk.twitter

The National Consumer Agency was set up in 2007:

From its inception in 2007, the authority’s board members received fees of some €14,000 in addition to travel and subsistence expenses for attending about six board meetings every year.

Its most controversial member was Celia Larkin, the one-time partner of Bertie Ahern, who was taoiseach when the board was established. She is no longer a board membe
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0706/1224300158429.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-07-2011, 05:50 AM
Jumping babby jesus- a fianna fail mattress who is busy at the moment distancing herself from everything to do with the disastrous taoiseach via the Independent as if she had never got on flights to Manchester with bags of cash.

Thats some low point in quangoland.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
08-07-2011, 05:55 PM
Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland

‘The Central Bank of Ireland is a dynamic, multi faceted organisation at the heart of Ireland’s financial system. Amongst other things the Central Bank has responsibility for monetary policy, financial stability, economic policy, the prudential supervision of the financial health and stability of Irish financial services institutions and consumer protection. The organisation is currently going through a period of significant change and expansion, in particular in the critical area of Financial Services Regulation. ‘ http://gradireland.com/graduate-jobs/profiles/48977

Patrick Honohan The tenth Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland was appointed on 26 September 2009. Before his appointment as Governor, he was Professor of International Financial Economics and Development at Trinity College Dublin from 2007. Prior to this, he spent almost a decade at the World Bank where he was Senior Advisor on financial sector policy. He was previously Research Professor with the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin (1990-98), Economic Advisor to Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald (1981-82 and 1984-86) and he spent several years as an economist at the Central Bank of Ireland (1976-81 and 1984-86), and at the International Monetary Fund (1971-73). A graduate of University College Dublin, he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1978. He has taught Economics at the LSE and at the University of California-San Diego, the Australian National University and University College Dublin, as well as at Trinity College. In recent years, his research has mainly focused on monetary and financial sector policy.

(Professor Honohan also worked at the International Monetary Fund in the early 1970’s before returning to academia to study for his Phd. Took a 20% pay cut down to 276,000euros in March 2011.)

No political affiliation evident.

Tony Grimes , Deputy Governor (Central Banking) was appointed to the position of Deputy Governor (Central Banking) in 2007, having joined the Central Bank in 1977. Prior to taking up this position he was Assistant Director General responsible for financial operations and held a number of senior management positions in areas of financial markets, investment management, international relations and monetary and exchange rate policy. No political affiliation evident.

Matthew Elderfield was appointed to the position of the Deputy Governor (Financial Regulation) in January 2010. Prior to taking up this role, he was Chief Executive of the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) from 2007-2009. Prior to joining the BMA, he spent eight years at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a Head of Department in a variety of posts, responsible for exchange and clearing house supervision, for secondary markets and listing policy and for banking supervision. Before joining the FSA, Matthew Elderfield established the European operations of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and held posts at the London Investment Banking Association, the British Bankers Association and a Washington-DC based consultancy firm, the Institute for Strategy Development. No political affiliation evident.

Kevin Cardiff, Secretary General of the Department of Finance joined the Department of the Public Service (DPS) in 1984. He joined the Department of Finance in 1987. He has had a wide range of roles in the Department of Public Service and the Department of Finance, including in the human resources and industrial relations areas. Following a short stint on the Government bond dealing desk before the establishment of the National Treasury Management Agency, Mr. Cardiff worked on monetary and exchange rate policy in the 1990s. Subsequently he worked on pensions policy and organisational issues, such as Freedom of Information and Standards in Public Office. More recently he was the head of Taxation and Financial Services Division (subsequently the Financial Services Division) within the Department until his appointment as Secretary General in February 2011. Mr. Cardiff is a graduate of the University of Washington and University College Dublin.

Civil servant who was present at Government buildings on the night of the guarantee in Sept 2008 and at the press conference announcing the EU/IMF bailout in November of last year. According to the Tribune in June 2010 Cardiff earns 228,466euros per annum as Sec Gen of the Dept of Finance. (Thanks to Namawinelake http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/list-of-public-sector-salaries-shows-the-extent-of-enda-kenny%E2%80%99s-challenge-to-impose-wage-ceilings/ )

Commission Members

Professor John FitzGerald is a Research Professor with the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin working on macro-economic and energy policy. He has published widely in these fields. He is a past President of the Irish Economic Association and of the EUROFRAME group of European economic research institutes. He is a former member of the National Economic and Social Council, of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation and of the EU "Group for Economic Analysis" advising the President of the EU Commission. He studied at University College Dublin and he holds masters degrees in both History and Economics. He began his career in the Department of Finance in 1972 and he moved to the Economic and Social Research Institute in 1984. Son of former Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald, no political affiliation evident

Max Watson is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at the European Studies Centre in St Antony’s College, Oxford and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). Mr. Watson, together with Mr. Klaus Regling, recently completed a preliminary investigation into the crisis in the Irish banking system to inform the future management and regulation of the sector. He is also Director of Research at the financial consultancy John Howell and Co., Ltd.Mr. Watson was also an adviser to Mr. Klaus Regling when he was the Director-General of Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission. He was previously with the IMF from 1979 – 2002, retiring as a Deputy Director. No political affiliation evident

Michael Soden is a well known figure in banking circles and commentator with extensive international banking experience. He is a former CEO of Bank of Ireland and Head of Retail Banking at National Australia Bank. He was CEO at Security Pacific from 1985 to 1991 having previously been Global Head of Derivatives at Citicorp/Citibank. He holds a B.Comm from UCD and, following graduation, spent 4 years with Shell as a credit analyst, 1 year with Xerox as a sales representative and 2 years with ICC as a loan officer in Cork.

‘Michael Soden abruptly quit as Group Chief Executive Bank of Ireland on 29 May 2004 when it was discovered that adult material that contravened company policy was found on his Bank PC. Soden issued a personal statement explaining that the high standards of integrity and behaviour in an environment of accountability, transparency and openness, which he espoused, would cause embarrassment to the Bank.’ No such requirement for ‘high standards of integrity and behaviour ‘ at the Central Bank of Ireland obviously- appointed by Brian Lenihan.

Des Geraghty is a former politician and trade union leader. He was president of SIPTU from 1999 to 2004. He was appointed to the European Parliament in 1992 for the Dublin constituency. He was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy in the European Parliament. He is a former member of the RTÉ Authority, the Board of FÁS, the National Competitiveness Council, the Affordable Homes Partnership and the National Economic and Social Council and a former Chair of Poetry Ireland. He has published several books including a memoir of folk singer Luke Kelly.

This man has no banking experience which would merit an appointment to the Central Bank Board or previously as a Financial Regulator. Fresh from the board of international corporate governance embarrassment Fas. Stood for election to the Dail once on behalf of the Workers Party and once for the Senate (unsuccessfully on both counts) and is otherwise a professional appointee to quangos.

Absolutely no indication of any merit in this appointment whatsoever. One has to ask why a former President of SIPTU should be carried shoulder height around by Ireland Inc in this inexplicable fashion. The only thing linking Des Geraghty to the rest of the board is a stint in Brussels. No political affiliation or reason for existence on the Board of the Central Bank in evidence.

Professor Blanaid Clarke is Associate Professor in Corporate Law in the Law Faculty, University College Dublin where she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance Law, Contract Law and Financial Services Law. She is a founding member of the Institute of Directors’ Centre for Corporate Governance at University College Dublin. She also works with the Irish Takeover Panel. Professor Clarke holds a PhD in Law from the University of Manchester. The title of her thesis was “Directors And The Frustration Of Hostile Takeovers of Irish Listed Companies: Legal and Regulatory Responses”. Her areas of research interest include Corporate Governance, Takeovers and Mergers Law (particularly the Takeover Directive) and Securities Regulation. She has produced numerous articles and papers in these areas and also published texts on Mergers and Takeovers Law and Contract Law. No political affiliation evident

Dr. Alan Ahearne lectures in economics in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He acted as Special Advisor to the Minister for Finance from March 2009 to March 2011. In this role, he advised the Minister on economic, budgetary and financial policy in responding to the economic and financial crisis. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel and is a Research Associate at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Before joining NUIG, he was Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where he worked for seven years. He has taught economics at Carnegie Mellon University, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, and the University of Limerick. He began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand and also worked for Bank of Ireland Group Treasury. Dr. Ahearne's areas of expertise are macroeconomics and international finance and his research has been published in leading international journals. His research includes studies on property markets in industrial countries; global current account imbalances and exchange rates; and the economic performance of the euro area. Dr. Ahearne received a B.B.S. from the University of Limerick in 1989, an M.Econ.Sc. from University College Dublin in 1991 and an M.Sc. (1995) and a Ph.D. (1998), both in economics, from Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, he received several awards and honours, including the William Larimer Mellon Doctoral Fellowship (1993-1996) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (1997). His Ph.D. dissertation advisor at Carnegie Mellon was Finn Kydland, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2004. Brian Lenihan’s advisor, appointed to the Central Bank Board in the last days of the fall of the Fianna Fail regime and after the February election. Extremely unlikely, along with Michael Soden, to be able to bring himself to say no to any American Ambassador on any subject?

Gerry Quinn was appointed Chief Operations Officer in March 2011. In this role he has responsibility for HR, IT, Corporate Services (Procurement, Facilities etc.) and for Regulatory Transactions. He joined the Central Bank of Ireland as Chief Information Officer in May 2010. Gerry joined the Central Bank from the Telco sector where he spent the previous 7 years as CIO/IT Director of one of Ireland’s largest companies. Gerry has over 25 years management experience gained in the public and private sectors. He has previously held a number of non-executive director positions and has an MSc Management (Organisational Behaviour) from Trinity College. Appointed by Patrick Honohan in April 2010- when his biography says he was in the ‘Telco’ sector what that means is ‘Eircom’. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/honohan-shakes-up-top-jobs-at-central-bank-2158950.html

There are some seven functional Directors among whom notably and somewhat surprisingly is the Registrar of Credit Unions James O'Brien. Mr O’Brien interests me as I recall his performance before an Oireachtas Committee on the subject of the Credit Unions back in May 2010.

Apparently now the Central Bank is stress testing the Credit Union sector- while our friend the Registrar is a member of the board of the organisation which will report on the stress testing. I think this chap shouldn’t be anywhere near such an exercise.

From his appointment announcement- he was Deputy Registrar to Matthew Elderfield;
‘Mr O'Brien, currently the deputy registrar of credit unions, will be responsible for regulation and supervision of the credit union sector in Ireland. He will succeed current acting registrar Matthew Elderfield.

Mr O'Brien joined the Central Bank in 1998 and worked as a senior bank examiner in the banking supervision department until his appointment as deputy registrar of credit unions in 2004. During this time, he was responsible for the development of the regulatory structure and supervisory oversight of credit unions.

Before joining the central bank, Mr O'Brien was employed at the Building Societies Commission in London, with responsibility for the regulation and supervision of a portfolio of building societies and related policy work. Prior to this he worked as an accountant in private practice.Mr Elderfield said: "James brings a breadth of regulatory knowledge and experience to the position along with over twenty years management experience within the public and private sectors." http://www.datamonitor.com/store/News/central_bank_of_ireland_names_registrar_of_credit_ unions?productid=E7777953-3CBC-486E-B462-A24024E5B0B2

Dr. FIVE
18-07-2011, 04:05 PM
Some interesting exchanges here

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2011-05-03.4.0

Appointments to State Boards


The Government has decided that new arrangements will be put in place for the making of appointments to State boards and bodies. In future, Departments will invite expressions of interest on their websites for vacancies on the boards of bodies under their aegis. Ministers will not necessarily be confined to those who make expressions of interest, but will ensure all appointees have the relevant qualifications.

Several Departments have already started this process. The Department of Transport published on its website an advertisement seeking expressions of interest for appointments as chairpersons of the boards of the CIE companies and the Railway Procurement Agency and also for appointments to the boards of transport, tourism and sport agencies. The Department of Communications has also advertised on its website with regard to vacancies that will arise on the boards of bodies under its aegis before the end of 2011. The Department of Finance has sought expressions of interest for appointments to the board of directors of the recapitalised banks.

The Government has also decided that those who are being proposed for appointment as chairpersons of State boards will be required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas committee to discuss the approach they will take as chairperson and their views about the future contribution of the body or board in question. Following that discussion, decisions will be taken by the Minister or the Government, as appropriate, to confirm the nominee as chairperson.

Gets interesting when you skip Micheál Martin's bit.


As a starting point for this debate, does the Taoiseach candidly admit that Fine Gael and the Labour Party were as guilty of cronyism as Fianna Fáil with regard to the manner in which, over decades, they appointed people to public boards? Does he agree that - I will not use the unkind word “hacks” - the latter were activists of the political parties? If the Taoiseach is serious with regard to the new system he proposes, why did the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food rush to make appointments to and to promote people within Bord na gCon? Rather than the somewhat narrow process he proposes, does the Taoiseach not agree that a far more wide-ranging and democratic process involving the users of the services of State boards should be put in place? Does he also agree that there should be a much more proactive role for the workers who supply those services?


What the Taoiseach spelled out in respect of his plans leaves one suspicious that the holes that are so apparent in it were dug by him and his Ministers. Given that the advertisements to which he refers and the recommendations and operations of the joint committee can be completely ignored by a Minister making an appointment, what is to stop Ministers who do not possess scruples or integrity from making nakedly political appointments identical to those made by the previous Government?




I do not accept Deputy Higgins’s assertion that this is cronyism.


Why not?


Even the Deputy will understand that there is a difference between what will happen in the future and what occurred in the past. It is clear that there is at least serious intent on our part - and a demonstration thereof - to allow the Oireachtas committees bring before them those who will be nominated to hold positions as chairpersons of State boards and companies. That is a good development. The relevant committees will hold public hearings but these will not be interrogative in the same way as US congressional hearings. However, nominees will be in a position to outline what they can bring to the organisations to which it is proposed to appoint them. The members of the committees will then be able to question these individuals on both the level of competency and the range of experience they possess.

In respect of the question on appointments during the election period made by the outgoing Government, I have been advised that it would probably not be worth trying to go down a legal route to remove people who have been appointed. It could happen where an organisation was being abolished and some quangos will be abolished following analysis by the Government. The Minister for Health and Children asked board members of the HSE to stand down voluntarily because the structure of the entire organisation was being changed, but this is a slightly different circumstance. There is no need for Deputy Shane Ross to be suspicious. The position is as he points out but not in fact. If an advertisement appears for a position, a number of people express an interest in it and the Minister and the Cabinet find that the range of competencies or experience is not available, they are entitled to move away from the list of those who expressed an interest. Such nominees have to be nominated by the Minister and approved by the Cabinet after going through the process of appearing before an Oireachtas committee.


Could they nominate one of their friends?



That could happen in much the same way as the Deputy said to me when he told me he had a couple of nominees for positions whom he said I might consider.


They could be the Deputy’s friends also.


I will give the Taoiseach their names again if he likes.


Has deputy Ross been having a word in Enda's ear about whom he might keep in mind when dishing out the jobs? Surely not

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-07-2011, 05:59 PM
I notice Kenny said only 'chairpersons' in his response with regard to advertising and what appears to be an elective procedure by Ministers. He said nothing about board positions other than as chairpersons.

This is not what was in the Fine Gael election manifesto- I recall the manifesto said that there would be a Committee to vet such appointments. Now he's saying that it has to be done with the agreement of cabinet. I should imagine objections at cabinet level to semi-state appointments are as rare as hen's teeth in Ireland. Mainly because they all want the nod for their appointments in return.

This is backsliding alright.

disability student
18-07-2011, 06:08 PM
I notice Kenny said only 'chairpersons' in his response with regard to advertising and what appears to be an elective procedure by Ministers. He said nothing about board positions other than as chairpersons.

This is not what was in the Fine Gael election manifesto- I recall the manifesto said that there would be a Committee to vet such appointments. Now he's saying that it has to be done with the agreement of cabinet. I should imagine objections at cabinet level to semi-state appointments are as rare as hen's teeth in Ireland. Mainly because they all want the nod for their appointments in return.

Kenny just being economical with the truth. I recall in younger days when watching politics on tv with Bluffer Cowen on it. I could see that Cowen was economical with the truth because his mouthshape & body language wasn't giving me the right signals. I told my dad was he doing it as he confirmed it for me.

Most politicans are like that as it's quite difficult to find to see very honest politican out there nowadays.

LGriff27
18-07-2011, 06:12 PM
So much for TeamEnda's "democratic revolution".

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-07-2011, 06:26 PM
Central Fisheries Board (Amalgamated into Inland Fisheries Ireland 01 July 2010)

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) was formed on July 1, 2010 following the amalgamation of the Central Fisheries Board and the seven former Regional Fisheries Boards into a single agency. Inland Fisheries Ireland is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of the inland fisheries resource across the country. Ireland has over 70,000 kilometres of rivers and streams and 144,000 hectares of lakes all of which fall under the jurisdiction of IFI. The agency is also responsible for sea angling in Ireland. http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/

Pat the Cope Gallagher appointed David Mackey as Chairman of the Central Fisheries Board, succeeding the outgoing Chairman, Mr. Bill McLysaght in July 2005. Mackey was ‘twenty years in the Irish Local Government Service and is a former County Manager of Cavan County Council. He has served as Group Chief Executive with the Quinn Group, and since 2002, has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of P Elliot and Co., one of Ireland’s leading construction and development companies. Mr. Mackey is currently a non-executive Director of EirGrid plc and is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of Croke Park.

“David Mackey will bring numerous skills and attributes to this challenging and crucial position. His extensive Management experience will be invaluable and leaves me with no doubt that the Central Fisheries Board is in the right hands,” continued the Minister. Other new appointments to the Central Fisheries Board are Councillor Mary Bohan, Mr Éamon de Buitléar, Mr Myles Kelly, Mr Naul McCole. The Minister has also reappointed Mr John Henry McLaughlin. Mr. Paddy Byrne, Ms Paula Carroll and Mr. Eamon Cusack to the Central Fisheries, who previously served on the Board.’

http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/2005/Marine+Minister+Appoints+New+Chairmen+of+Marine+In stitute+and+Central+Fisheries+Board.htm

‘Mr David Mackey stood up and said that he does not have a political background he does not normally speak but the gravity of the situation he needs to give his views. Mr Mackey worked with Sean Quinn for a number of years and he has maintained close personal relationship with Sean Quinn, Dara O’Reilly and all the wonderful people in the group. He saw what Sean Quinn had created against all odds in the border region, who would have thought 2 cement factories, one in the north and one in the south then the glass. In 1994 Sean had a dream of setting up an insurance company, in 1996 Quinn Direct Insurance opened up his doors he had courage and vision and he invested everything he had. Mr Mackey went on to say that Sean Quinn is one man that every penny he made he put it back in the business he accepted that he made one big mistake but he invested in a Major Irish Financial Institution. He said that we are losing the plot and that very soon the preverbal horse will have bolted and it will be too late. If the company is sold to the likes of Liberty or other companies that there will be no telling what they will do and we could end up ringing a call centre in India.’

http://www.cavanchamber.ie/UserFiles/File/Meeting%20Cavan%20Chamber.pdf


Restructuring information as of July last year; http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/General-Information/about-us.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-07-2011, 06:47 PM
Central Statistics Office

The Central Statistics Office is overseen by the National Statistics Board. The Board was initially set up on a non-statutory basis in 1986. It was established on a statutory basis in November 1994 when the Statistics Act came into operation. The Boards has eight members. Two members are nominated by the Taoiseach and three members are nominated by organisations representative of the users of official statistics and providers of information under the Act. Two are senior representatives of the Department of Finance and the Department of the Taoiseach. The Director General of the CSO is an ex officio member of the Board. The Chairperson of the NSB is appointed by the Taoiseach from among the five nominated members of the Board. The Secretary to the Board is nominated by the CSO.

The Board

Chairperson, Dr. Patricia O'Hara.

Mr. Fergal O'Brien, Senior Economist, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)

Mr. Ciaran Dolan, General Secretary, ICMSA.

Assistant Secretary, Department of Taoiseach

Mr. Michael McGrath, Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance

Professor Philip Lane, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Mr. Paul Sweeney, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

Ex-officio member, Mr. Gerry O'Hanlon, Director General, Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Secretary to the Board: Mr. Gerry Brady, Senior Statistician, Central Statistics Office (CSO)

http://www.nsb.ie/current_members.htm

Only one question here- what is an ICTU member doing on this board- come to think of it what is an IBEC representative doing on the board? Rather implies that there are discussions of what statistics to present or not doesn’t it?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-07-2011, 11:23 AM
Chester Beatty Library

Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. The Chester Beatty Library is a public charitable trust established under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, which was granted probate in 1969. The Library is in the ownership of a Board of Trustees who hold it for the use and benefit of the public.
As a charitable institution the Library is responsible directly to the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests and comes under the aegis of the Attorney General, in his role as protector of charities.
The Library is over 90 per cent funded by a grant-in-aid from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Library is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed under the terms of the will of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty as modified by an order of the High Court of 16 December 1997. The new arrangements for service of trustees, appointment of ministerial nominees to the Board of Trustees and of a new location for the library were approved by the Court in accordance with an agreement made between the Trustees and Government in 1996 and are now in operation. http://www.cbl.ie/About-Us/The-Chester-Beatty-Library.aspx

The Board of Trustees consists of a maximum of twelve members, one each of whom is appointed by the President and Taoiseach and three by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. The Director of the National Library serves as a Trustee ex officio. All other Trustees are co-opted. The Trustees elect the Chair.
Since 1997 the Trustees of the Library are appointed or co-opted to serve five-year terms. The Trustees of the Library are currently:

Sir Marc Cochrane 'Cochrane and family pocketed €152m before tax from selling 52 acres at Woodbrook in south Co Dublin. Born in Lebanon, the Irishman went to Eton and Trinity. He is a former managing director with a prominent London fund manager.' Connected with the Weston family- daughter in law is creative director of Selfridges in London owned by the Westons. Interesting Lebanese family connections.

Mr Dermot Desmond 'Cork native sold programs at Dublin soccer stadium Tolka Park while a student. Took job at Citibank, then worked briefly as banking consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Founded NCB Stockbrokers in 1981; created Ireland's largest independent brokerage. Helped revitalize Ireland's economy in late 1980s with proposal for Dublin's International Financial Services Centre. Sold NCB in 1994 for $39 million, plowed proceeds into private equity firm, International Investment & Underwriting. Sold London City Airport 2006. Still owns international betting exchange Betdaq, online education outfit Intuition, mapping software company eSpatial. Also holds stake in Barbados' Sandy Lane Hotel. Known as The Kaiser for donning distinctive gnarly mustache.' http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010_Dermot-Desmond_JLN3.html

Mrs Joan Duff Wife of retired paediatric cardiologist I believe who herself resigned as a member of the governing body of the Mater Hospital after almost 60 years as a Governor in 2010.

Professor Sean Freyne. Internationally well regarded theologist, Trinity man. A theologist after my own heart I admit unashamedly (not having much interest in theologists with a loyalty to a particular religious football club) if the quote here is correct ' Prof. Sean Freyne Trinity college, Dublin: "Clearly it was inconceivable for people to affirm the notion that one person was going to rise from the dead without thinking in very general terms that it is all going to happen, and Matthew wants to anticipate the event by having that occur around the crucifixion. In effect he made it up. It is absolutely not an historical story. Matthew is making a symbolic expression of victory, of resurrection into what is for Christians the darkest hour. The same is true of the resurrection story. It is a made up story. It is not a historical event. It is not an event within time and space. The early Christians claimed to have a religious experience of Jesus and named it in this particular way [the resurrection] because it was part of their religious heritage. We cannot locate the experience other than in the way it changed lives [as a religious experience]."

Ms Caroline Gray Not 100% certain but I believe this may the Caroline Gray who WAS General Manager at Fairyhouse (stepped down while on materinity leave in June 2011). Manager- Betting Division at Horse Racing Ireland, Group Controller at Horse Racing Ireland, Financial Accountant at Irish Horseracing Authority. UCD Smufit Business school graduate. Married to Central Bank Governor and economist Alan Gray. (Thanks FIVE for Alan Gray connection)

Dr Thomas P. Hardiman (Chairman) 'Dr. Hardiman holds directorships in industry, commerce and finance. A graduate of UCD in Engineering and Science, Tom worked for many years in the Telecommunications Services. He was appointment as Director General of RTE in 1968, a position he held for seven years. He is a Supervisory Board Member of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Tokyo and a Member of the EU Japan Business Dialogue Round Table. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Asia Europe Foundation, Singapore. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art, Dublin Castle. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in November 1980 and he was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan in April 1986. He was conferred LL.D. by the National University of Ireland in April 1990 and D.Litt. by Lynn University, Florida in October 1995.' http://www.ija.ie/council.html

Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty. Professor of Art History at University College Dublin. After graduating with a BA from Yale University, she received an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on modern architecture, especially in Germany and the United States.

Ms Elizabeth Maguire (Barrister) MA, LL.B., M.Litt. Qualified obviously and definitely NOT one of the Irish 'plarristers' out of Kings Inn by Fianna Fail;)

Mrs Madeleine O'Sullivan Wife of Fianna Fail Senator Ned O'Sullivan

Ms Fiona A Ross 'After 20 years working within the financial services, technology and telecommunications industries in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US I was honoured to be appointed Director of the National Library of Ireland.. Prior to my appointment to the National Library over the past few years while continuing with my corporate work at Bank of Ireland and at Goodbody Stockbrokers I developed my interest in Corporate Governance and was delighted to graduate with a Law Masters in Governance and Public Policy from Queens University Belfast in 2007. Since then I have been able to combine an academic career at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD and at the IMI ( Irish Management Institute) with consulting work in the fields of governance, reputation and ethics. The need for better Governance in both the public and the private sector here in Ireland and internationally has never been greater so it is a productive time to be active in this area.'http://ie.linkedin.com/in/fionaross Well said, Fiona, and give Madeleine O'Sullivan a nudge with the oul' elbow there while you are it.

Professor Roger Stalley (MA (Lond,Oxon, Dubl), FTCD, MRIA, FSA, MRIAI (Hon)) 'Roger Stalley specialises in medieval art, and has a particular interest in the architecture and sculpture of both Britain and Ireland. He has published seven books, including the Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland , for which he was awarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock medallion in 1988. Since then he has written introductory books on Irish High Crosses and Irish Round Towers, as well as a volume in the Oxford History of Art series, entitled Early Medieval Architecture (1999). He has published over one hunderd articles in books, journals, dictionaries and conference proceedings. More details. He teaches courses at both undergraduate and graduate level on Early Irish Art, Romanesque Art and the Gothic Cathedral and has supervised research students in such diverse fields as Romanesque sculpture, Irish metalwork, French illumination and Irish medieval architecture. While maintaining his interests in Irish art, he is currently undertaking research on early Gothic architecture in England. He is a fellow of the College, serving between 2001-4 as Registrar of the university. His external responsibilities include membership of the Board of the Chester Beatty Library, and periods as external adviser to the International Center of Medieval Art (New York).'http://www.tcd.ie/History_of_Art/staff/roger.php



(Trustees of the Chester Beatty Museum are unpaid)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-07-2011, 09:53 AM
Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Service

Bit puzzled by this office. I can't find much in the way of information about it but it is not the same post as Chief Medical Officer in Ireland as I believe the current incumbent in that role is Dr Tony Holohan.

I can find a listing as Chief Medical Officer for the Civil Service listed as a Dr Ger Comiskey. If anyone has any reason to believe that civil servants are of a specialised and very different physiognomy than the rest of the human race could they please let me know? I'd be hugely interested to know why the civil service in Ireland should have a Chief Medical Officer of their very own!

Dr. FIVE
20-07-2011, 11:48 AM
You might just want to slot in Caroline Grey is Alan Grey's spouse the Cap'n.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-07-2011, 12:05 PM
You might just want to slot in Caroline Grey is Alan Grey's spouse the Cap'n.

Oh FFS ...you are kidding... I guess not. Will do and great spot FIVE. Now amended- also to include her stepping down as Fairyhouse General Manager in June. Guess one member of the family depending on gambling for a living is enough, Alan being an economist and Central Bank board member.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-07-2011, 06:34 PM
Chief State Solicitor, Office of the

The Chief State Solicitor's Office is a constituent element of the Attorney General’s Office. The principal functions of the Attorney General are to advise the Government in matters of law and legal opinion and to provide the State with both drafting and litigation services. The Chief State Solicitor's Office provides these litigation services together with a wide range of legal services not involving litigation, such as advisory and conveyancing services. In effect, the function of the Chief State Solicitor is to act as the solicitor to Ireland, the Attorney General, Government Departments and Offices, and State Agencies. The other constituent elements of the Attorney General's Office are: The Advisory Counsel to the Attorney General and The Office of Parliamentary Counsel to the Government (also located at Upper Merrion Street) who draft legislation and also have responsibilities in the area of Statute Law Revision. http://www.attorneygeneral.ie/csso/english/index.htm

This agency is only a semi-state body by virtue of its official independence from central government and should not be described as a ‘quango’ in the common understanding of the acronym.

There is however one issue which should be raised in connection with this office which has come to light only recently. The Office of Parliamentary Counsel appear to be the subsection of the Attorney General’s office with responsibility for drafting of statutes and it would appear logical that they also are responsible for ensuring that no errors are made in the drafting of statutes. One issue which should be raised with this office is the ridiculous nonsense of the disappearance of an offence termed ‘misprision of felony’ from the statute book when Criminal Justice Acts were being updated in 1997 and 2002. This was a peculiar drafting accident and particularly ill-timed when it was a rather obvious charge which could have been levied against those who failed to report serious crimes (ref clerical child abuse).

It appears to have been put about that this was simply an error. I don’t believe a word of that and the absence of any mention of enquiries around that ‘accident’ is not reassuring. It would appear prudent to look into the circumstances and the personnel involved in that blunder as they may still be in place and it would be wise to ensure that other painful happenings around statutes cannot happen in that manner again. In hindsight this was a deeply suspicious incident.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
25-07-2011, 09:02 AM
Children Acts Advisory Board

The Children Acts Advisory Board is (was!) an independent statutory board, advising the Ministers for Health and Children and Justice Equality and Law Reform. The key function of the Board is to advise the Ministers on policy relating to the co-ordinated delivery of services under the Child Care Act, 1991 (care, protection and welfare) and the Children Act, 2001 (detention).

Whatever about the reasoning in the first place for having this board as an independent statutory board it is now no longer independent, having been subsumed into the Department of Health & Children in February 2010. Mary Harney responded to a request for information on appointments with a reply on 7th December 2010 (ten months after the CAAB was subsumed into the Dept of Health and Children which would indicate that a 6 month appointment term to the CAAB board was in place which were remunerative to the tune of 7,600 euros per annum per Director. I would assume none of these Directors are now in place. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2010/12/07/00113.asp

The last available annual report for this quango was for the year 2008 from its website (when you click on 2009 Annual Report link there is a note saying that ‘2009 report will be uploaded soon’. Given that this quango is now subsumed into the Department of Health & Children I have my doubts).

One thing that is striking for the Annual report is that for an expenditure of 2.4million euros in 2008 primarily on administration of the quango itself there is precious little financial information available other than a blurred auditors letter at the back of the report. A one liner on that page says; ‘Total expenditure during 2008 was €2.430 million, of this €1.242 million was incurred in staff costs and €1.188 million in administrative, operational and other costs.’ There was however, room for everyone in the office down to admin staff to have a photo of themselves included in the Annual Report. http://www.caab.ie/getdoc/abe12c91-de3e-492e-a97d-df8042e0dc26/Annual-Report-English-2008.aspx

In the final issue of the ‘CAAB News’ it was noted that the quango would move to the Office
of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

‘Sylda Langford, Director General of the OMCYA has retired from her position with effect from the 15th of January 2010. As the first DG of the OMCYA, Sylda contributed significantly to the development of the office and its influence within and way beyond the sector. Sylda’s capacity to mobilise goodwill across agencies is legend. Whenever her name appeared things happened. She will be greatly missed.’

Sylda’s name has popped up on a number of occasions as an inhabitant of quangoland and in connection with her being a Trustee of ‘Common Purpose’ and a sidekick within that organisation to John Fitzgerald, ‘King of the Quango’s’ in Ireland with multiple appointments to state boards.

Also the question should be asked whether the entire secretariat of this body has now gone onto the public payroll within the civil service? If so there are no savings from this move and the whole reasoning behind the independence of such a body has been countered.

Executive

Aidan Browne, prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of the CAAB, was the first National Director for Primary, Community and Continuing Care in the Health Service Executive (HSE). In this role he was a member of the HSE National Management Team and held overall operational responsibility for all Children's Services (Child Health, Child Welfare and Protection and Children's Residential Services) in Ireland, as well as Mental Health, Disability, Elderly, Social Inclusion and Primary Care Services. Aidan is a nurse by profession and spent the first 20 years of his career in a wide range of clinical and nursing service management posts up to the level of Director of Nursing before moving into general management in 1997. As well as his nursing qualifications (RPN; RGN; and a number of diplomas) he also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Finbarr O’ Leary is the Deputy Chief Executive in the CAAB and previously the SRSB since 2004. He has overall responsibility for both the research and information and the court support directorates. He previously served with Customs and Excise and the Revenue Commissioners holding a range of senior investigative and administrative posts. He is a graduate of public management, human resources and European law from both the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. He successfully completed an executive leadership programme in Harvard University, USA in 2006. Since 2004, he has been a council member of the Association of Criminal Justice Research and Development Ltd. (former IASD). He is a native of Macroom, Co. Cork and is a former Cork Minor Gaelic Footballer.

Jane Craig (Director of Corporate) Prior to her appointment as Head of Corporate Affairs Jane Craig worked with the Department of Health and Children where she has gained extensive experience working in various areas including Child Welfare and Protection Policy, National HR and Workforce Planning, Pensions Policy, Payroll and Accounts. Ms. Craig was assigned to the Special Residential Services Board when it was set up on an Interim basis in 2000 and was appointed through open competition when the Board was set up on a statutory basis in 2003. Ms. Craig has qualifications in Human Resource Management Practice.

Robert Murphy is responsible for the development and implementation of the Board’s research and information strategies. Prior to joining the Children Acts Advisory Board Robert worked as a senior public policy consultant in a number of leading consultancy firms. Robert has considerable expertise in evaluating public policy (particularly in the area of education and training service delivery) and of undertaking public policy focused research. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, a Masters of Science (MSc) in Economics and is an Economic and Social Research Council Scholar.

Board members

Jacinta Stewart B.A., H.Dip.,M.Sc.Ed.Man. Jacinta Stewart is Chief Executive Officer of City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee with executive, educational, financial and administrative responsibility for the organisation. CDVEC provides an education service to the citizens of the city of Dublin. Almost 12,000 full-time students are enrolled in a total of 22 schools and further eduction colleges and there are approximately 20,000 adults engaged in part-time courses. Before her appointment as CEO she was an Education Officer with particular responsibility for Adult Education, which included VTOS, Adult Literacy, Workplace Basic Education, Community Education, Homelessness, Asylum Seekers, Separated Children, Adult Education Guidance Service, Disability Support Service and the Drugs Court Initiative. She also servied as an Adult Education Officer. Jacinta is also on the Boards of the Grangegorman Development Agency, the Education Finance Board and the Teaching Council.

Nuala Doherty, Director of Educational Welfare Services, has been working with the National Educational Welfare Board since 2006. The NEWB is the National agency with responsibility for encouraging and supporting school attendance. Prior to joining the NEWB, Nuala held the position of Director of Services for Children and Families in the Health Service Executive NorthEast region with particular responsibility for governance, planning and evaluation of all services for children and families in the Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. She also carried responsibility for the management of mainstream residential care and high support services for children and the Children and Families’ Education and Training service in the region.

Michael Donnellan is a social worker who has worked for over thirty years within health & social services in Ireland and Britain. Michael spent his early career working within adult psychiatry before specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry. Following this, he worked in inner city London as a Social Worker, and then as Manager of Brixton Child Guidance Unit, before returning to Ireland in 1994. Over the eleven years up to 2005, was Director of two children detention schools in Dublin. On 5th September 2005 commenced in post as Director of the Probation Service.

Cathal Flynn is Chairman of the National Educational Welfare Board, Chairman of Finglas Child and Adolescent Centre, Board Member of CAAB and former Chief School Attendance Officer in Dublin.

Philomena Hanna B.A. Mod LLB Dip Eur Law Solicitor. Philomena Hanna is a member of the Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the Diversion Programme as set out in part 4 of the Children Act 2001.

Roger Killeen served as a member of the Interim Special Residential Board from April 2000 until his appointment as Chief Executive of the Board in November 2001. He retired from his post as Chief Executive of the SRSB in December 2006.

Finbarr Murphy joined An Garda Siochana in 1985 and served most of the first 17 years in Pearse Street Garda Station where he worked in a variety of posts at Garda rank including community policing, plain clothes crime detection unit, and liaison to the gay and lesbian community. On promotion to sergeant he served in Cahir in Co. Tipperary and Swords before returning to Pearse Street where he served at various times as Sergeant in charge of the Divisional Crime Task Force, Traffic and Events Management Unit and Sergeant in Charge of Pearse Street Garda Station. On promotion to the rank of Inspector in 2002 he was posted to Garda Community Relations Section where he has responsibilities relating to the Diversion Programme, the Restorative Justice Programme, the Schools Programme and the national Age Card scheme. He is the holder of a degree in Police Management.

Michelle Shannon, National Director, Irish Youth Justice Service, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michelle Shannon has worked in a number of senior positions since joining the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform in 1994, including responsibility for Crime Policy, Prisons and Probation Policy and HR. She previously worked in the Department of Education and Science dealing with Youth and Sports, and the Vocational Education Committees. Prior to her appointment as National Director of the new Irish Youth Justice Service in April 2006 she spent the past three years as head of Human Resources in the Department.

Dr. Dermot Stokes is the National Co-ordinator of YOUTHREACH for the Department of Education and Science. He has enjoyed a number of careers during his working life, as a teacher, curriculum developer and national programme director. Throughout, the principal focus of his work has been young people and especially their transition from childhood to adulthood. He has a particular interest in educational disadvantage and social exclusion on which he has written extensively. His doctoral research explored the matrix of influences involved in early school leaving.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
25-07-2011, 09:49 AM
Circuit Court Rules Committee

The rule-making authority for the Circuit Court is the Circuit Court Rules Committee established under section 69 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936. The remit of the Committee is fixed partly by section 66 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924 which empowers it to annul or alter rules and make new rules with the concurrence of the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, including rules for regulating the sessions, vacations and circuits of the Circuit Judges and the practice, pleading and procedure generally (including liability of parties as to costs and also the entering-up of judgement and granting of summary judgement in appropriate cases) of the Circuit Court and the use of the national language therein amongst other things. http://www.courts.ie/Courts.ie/library3.nsf/(WebFiles)/4523C03355124B90802578CC0033B0AF/$FILE/Courts%20Service%20Annual%20Report%202010.pdf

Membership of the Committee at year ending 31st December, 2010:
• The Hon. Mr. Justice Matthew Deery President of the Circuit Court (Chairman)
• Her Honour Judge Alison Lindsay, judge of the Circuit Court
• His Honour Judge Tony Hunt, judge of the Circuit Court
• Mr. Shane Murphy S.C., nominated by the Bar Council of Ireland
• Mr. Fergal Foley B.L., nominated by the Bar Council of Ireland
• Mr. Gerard J. Doherty, solicitor, nominated by the Law Society of Ireland
• Mr. Joseph T. Deane, solicitor, nominated by the Law Society of Ireland
• Mr. Ronan Boylan, Office of the Chief State Solicitor – appointed to act in place of
the Attorney General under Section 36(4) of the Courts and Court Officers Act 2002
• Mr. Noel Rubotham, Head of Reform and Development, Courts Service, to whom
membership has been delegated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Courts Service
under Section 30(2) of the Courts Service Act 1998
• Ms. Susan Ryan, County Registrar, Dublin
• Ms. Patricia Casey, County Registrar, Carlow, nominated by the Chief Executive
Officer of the Courts Service under Section 69(4)(d) of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936
as amended.

Secretary: Ms. Liz Hughes, Directorate of Reform and Development, Courts Service
Drafting Services: Mr. Sean Barton, solicitor, McCann FitzGerald Solicitors

This really is not a quango. It is a strange beast that ostensibly should be independent of the legislature but of course that independence will be undercut by the fact that all of the judges are appointed via the Taoiseach’s office and whether the Taoiseach’s office has been an independent appointer of judges is a debatable point.

I can find no indication that these are remunerated positions and I would expect that they would not be as Judges are public servants and would presumably fall under the one salary rule where public servants cannot pick up multiple remunerations from the state.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
25-07-2011, 01:33 PM
Citizens Information Board

The Citizens Information Board is the statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. It provides the Citizens Information website, www.citizensinformation.ie, and supports the voluntary network of Citizens Information Centres and the Citizens Information Phone Service *1890 777 121. It also funds and supports the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) *1890 283 438. Citizens Information Board members are appointed by the Minister for Social Protection. Members' terms are for a period of 5 years. The following is the membership of the Citizens Information Board as of July 2011.

(First thing to note is the absence of Healy-Raes with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton effectively removing that appointee recently- an issue covered extensively in the media).

Second thing to note immediately is again our friend and ‘Common Purpose’ connected quango queen Sylda Langford who along with John Fitzgerald seem to be first on the list for semi-state appointments for some reason. The fact that both of these multiple appointees are connected with this ‘Common Purpose’ organisation and seem to be able to leap from public appointment to public appointment is quite alarming and makes me wonder whether we have Common Purpose devotees in Ministerial positions. http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/about/about_board.html

Board Members

Sylda Langford(Chairperson) (From 2005); ‘The Minister also confirmed that the Government has approved the appointment of Ms. Sylda Langford as Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children. Ms. Langford, who is currently Assistant Secretary with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, will transfer to the Department of Health and Children.’ Sylda retired from the DoHC in January 2010. Sylda is also on the Board of the HSE.

With reference to the Michael Healy-Rae affair; ‘the Irish Independent revealed at the weekend that controversial TD Michael Lowry and former Independent deputy Jackie Healy-Rae were each given three positions on state boards to hand out to supporters as part of a secret deal struck with Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen. Mr Healy-Rae's son Michael was appointed a member of the Citizen's Information Board (CIB) by then Minister Mary Hanafin on the orders of Mr Cowen. Michael Healy-Rae, now a TD, says his appointment wasn't part of any deal. Sylda Langford, chair of the CIB, yesterday said there was no legislation saying Mr Healy-Rae could not hold a Dail seat and a position on a board.’

So as long as something is not proscribed by law then thats okay is it, Sylda? Looks like the Common Purpose ‘Leadership beyond authority’ module is something that this for former public servant is getting carried away with. ‘Its widdin de rules’ attitude loud and clear there.

Patricia Walshe a Fianna Fail Councillor from Cavan (Appointed in March 2007 by then Minister for Social Protection Seamus Brennan) .

[B]Laurie Cearr (Appointed in March 2007 by then Minister for Social Protection Seamus Brennan) Chief Executive of a PR Consultancy which worked for the Department of Transport in 2004 and 2005. ‘Laurie Cearr Associates was employed by the Department for the organisation and management of public relations activities and other work in 2002 and 2004 and was paid approximately €15,000 in total. The public relations arrangements of agencies under the aegis of the Department of Transport are part of their day-to-day operations and a matter for each individually.’ http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0635/D.0635.200704040200.html

Daragh O'Connor Department of Social Affairs representative

Margaret Zheng CIB Staff Representative

Martin Naughton Long term member of the Board and I believe his appointment has been extended to 2015. Was first a member of the Comhairle Board before it was
renamed Citizens Information Board- believe he was appointed as a representative of the Disability Federation of Ireland back in the 1990s.

Michael Butler No information to hand

Josephine Henry I believe this is the lady from Community Technical Aid who is a graduate in Spatial Planning/Urban Planning from DIT.

Noeline Blackwell Director General of FLAC (Free Legal Aid Centres)

Pat Fitzpatrick ‘is employed in the Disability Sector. He is responsible for a multi-million Euro procurement budget. He is a member of the Citizens Information Board, and the Audit Sub-Committee of that Board. He also served on a Local Authority Audit Committee.’ This capsule is taken from the Garda Siochana website where Pat is listed as a member of the GS Audit Committee. http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=1022&Lang=1

Sean Sweeney I believe this is the former Chairman of Leitrim Citizen’s Services- Sean is also a member of the Council of the West which seems to be some kind of mixed business and theology lobby group to link between regional needs and Ministers. There are no less than three Bishops on the Council of the West (!) http://www.cftwest.com/indprofiles.htm

Michael McGuane Can find nothing at all about this gentleman so any info gratefully received.

John Sheehy former councillor (FF), of Tipperary North County Council

Sandra Ronayne Very little info available although name searches bring up a Sandra Ronayne who attends functions at Blackrock Rugby Club and is listed as a company director in Dublin. There aren’t that many Sandra Ronaynes about (only 3 in UK) and can find no other except one the in States. I cannot confirm but there is a Tom Ronayne who runs the WRC Economic and Social Research consultancy which has on occasion run quantitative and qualitative surveys and other research for various government departments and I suspect there may well be a connection there. Happy to be corrected though...

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-07-2011, 01:38 PM
Aye thats interesting Frankie ... I'm looking forward to the horseracing quangos as I've seen flashes of some classic behaviours around that area not to mention John O'Donoghue's habit of royally entertaining himself plus the money spent on him by various industry organisations as well.

Indecon does seem to be mentioned in a few government departments and I've seen the name pop up at various junctures in the semi-state and departmental spheres...

Frankie Lee
29-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Aye thats interesting Frankie ... I'm looking forward to the horseracing quangos as I've seen flashes of some classic behaviours around that area not to mention John O'Donoghue's habit of royally entertaining himself plus the money spent on him by various industry organisations as well.

Indecon does seem to be mentioned in a few government departments and I've seen the name pop up at various junctures in the semi-state and departmental spheres...

There will be a fair bit of work involved in typing up all the conflicts of interests in Horse Racing Ireland all right, especially considering the chairman is a business partner with Irelands two biggest horse owners.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 08:48 AM
Chomhairle Leabharlanna, An

An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library Council) was established by thePublic Libraries Act, 1947. The functions of the Council, as set out in the Local Government Act 2001 include: The provision of advice, assistance and services to library authorities in relation to the public library service, The making of such recommendations to and the provision of such services for the Minister [for the Environment, Community and Local Government] in relation to the public library service as the Minister may request or as the Council sees fit, Action to promote and facilitate library co-operation, The maintenance and operation of the central library established under section 2 of the Act of 1947. Since 31st December 2008 An Chomhairle has had responsibility for the management of the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme, established by the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act, 2007.

Chairman Mr Mark Dearey (Not very clear from the Annual Report but I believe an honorarium of some €8,500 odd is paid to the Chairman annually). This appears to the the same Mark Dearey who was a Green Party Councillor in Dundalk (& Louth Council) 2004 and 2009 and who was appointed to the Senate in February of last year to replace Deirdre de Burca by former Taoiseach Cowan. http://www.greenparty.ie/people/mark_dearey

Director Mrs Norma McDermott. (€108,781.00 per annum) The Director’s salary as per the Revision of Pay of Local Authority Staff – Application of Pay Adjustments in Accordance with the Financial Emergency Measurers in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act 2009 is €108,781.00 per annum. http://www.librarycouncil.ie/annualreport2010/10-appendices/10-5-directors-salary/ (No political affiliation evident)

Nominees of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Councillor Pat McMahon (Fianna Fail, Clare)
Councillor Cora Long (Fianna Fail, Kilkenny)

Nominee of the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland
Councillor Jim Darcy (Louth, Now a Senator, appointed by Cowen to the Senate in May of this year by Enda Kenny)

Nominee of the Association of County and City Councils
Councillor Billy Cameron (Labour, Galway City Council)

Nominees of the Higher Education Authority
Mr Jim Foran (No political affiliation evident)
Mr Paul Sheehan (Librarian, DCU, no political affiliation evident)
Ms Gerardine Moloney (No political affiliation evident)

Nominees of the Library Association of Ireland
Ms Fionnuala Hanrahan, Member of the Executive Board of the Library Association, County Librarian, Wexford. (No political affiliation evident)
Mr Pat McMahon Galway County Librarian, former President of the Library Associaton.

Nominee of the Local Authority Members’ Association
Councillor Michael Abbey (Fine Gael, Carlow)

Nominee of the Board of the National Library of Ireland
Ms Colette O’Flaherty, Chief Herald of Ireland by the College of Arms, Keeper of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland. (No political affliation evident)

Nominee of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin
Mr Robin Adams Librarian at Trinity

Meeting attendances and expenses of Board Members 2010


Name Meetings attended Expenses paid (€) Notes
Cllr Michael Abbey 3 358.50
Mr Robin Adams 1 0 Mr Adams was on leave of absence during the year.
Cllr Billy Cameron 2 352.72 Appointed 23/09/2010
Cllr Jim D’Arcy 3 625.59
Mr Mark Dearey 6 200.76
Ms Deirdre Ellis-King 2 0 Retired June 2010
Mr Jim Foran 2 65.61
Ms Fionnuala Hanrahan 2 137.21 Appointed 23/09//2010
Cllr Cora Long 4 747.36
Cllr Pat McMahon 6 2,381.76
Mr Pat McMahon 2 136.22 Appointed 23/09/2010
Ms Gerardine Moloney 4 343.79
Ms Colette O’Flaherty 3 0
Mr Paul Sheehan 2 0


Questions: (1) Why is this Board actually in existence? (2) Does the Library Service really need an external quango? (3) And if it does need to be ‘independent’ why is the Board stuffed with Councillors? (4) What specialised knowledge does the average Councillor bring to the Library Service?

Being very much a fan of the public library service I would prefer to see money spent within the service rather than for example almost 2,400 euros being paid to a Councillor to attend six meeting a year.

C. Flower
15-08-2011, 08:53 AM
Sorry to butt in here Captain, but have you come across these lads ?


Sunday Business Post - "Cancer test too expensive for public patients - decided by "National Centre for Pharmaeconomics" The test, that costs about 3,000 euro, helps in decision making on whether chemo is needed or not.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 09:02 AM
No CF, hadn't spotted that one but have added it back into the last full index so can pick that up when I reach the 'N' entries.. should be able to pick up the pace on this exercise again as I'm free of other clashing commitments which bit into the free time... ta for the spot.

C. Flower
15-08-2011, 09:22 AM
No CF, hadn't spotted that one but have added it back into the last full index so can pick that up when I reach the 'N' entries.. should be able to pick up the pace on this exercise again as I'm free of other clashing commitments which bit into the free time... ta for the spot.

Thank you. A quango whose role is to decide who lives and who dies has a particular tang to it.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 09:48 AM
Civil Defence Board

Civil Defence was set up in 1950, to be part of the national defence structure as the necessary civil response to potential hazards which might arise in a war situation. The organisation was designed to undertake non–combatant activities and measures to afford defence against or mitigate the effects on persons and property of an attack on the state or of hazards otherwise arising during a time of war or emergency such as from radioactive fallout, biological or chemical warfare.

With the enactment of the Civil Defence Act 2002, the Civil Defence Board has assumed responsibility for Civil Defence at National level. Prior to this, the Civil Defence function at national level was the responsibility of the Minister for Defence and was normally delegated as a specific function to the Minister of State and administered by the Department of Defence.

Civil Defence is an organisation comprising of approximately 6000 members who voluntarily make themselves available in their spare time. Much of this time is devoted to attending classes to train for situations which is hoped will not happen in real life. http://www.defence.ie/cdweb.nsf/documents/AEEB06284977F81C80256E8A003C631F

Finances; The bulk of the Civil Defence Board’s income come from the Defence budget (some 6million as Grant-In-Aid in 2009 which is the last available set of accounts on the website). In 2011 Alan Shatter as Minister for Defence announced the abolition of the Civil Defence Board and that its duties would return as a direct responsibility of the Ministry. 28 civil servants who were directly employed by the CDB will retain their roles within the Ministry. In the 2009 accounts there was an entry of some 46,000euros for Board Members expenses which was down from 74,000 euros in 2008. The question remains what happens with the ‘Little Lodge’ which was the HQ of Civil Defence and is the building next to Aras an Uachtarann in the Phoenix Park. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/07/20/00201.asp

Chairman Joe Meagher Former Fianna Fail councillor from Oola, Limerick and longterm crony of Willie O’Dea. ‘Joe Meagher takes over at a troubled time for the Civil Defence, following the sacking of a previous chairman by then Defence Minister Michael Smith. Michael Ryan had resisted the relocation of Civil Defence headquarters from the Phoenix Park in Dublin to Roscrea in Mr Smith's constituency.’ http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=166556&page=63

(Not much point in going through these Board Members as the CDB has now been abolished)

Mr Oiver O'Loughlin, Director of Services
(Appointed by the Minister)

Ms Kay Caball
(Appointed by the Minister)

Mr Jim Guinane
(Appointed by the Minister)

Mr Bill Smith, Principal Officer
(Appointed as Director General)

Mr Ned Gleeson, County Manager
(Nominated by City and County Managers Association)

Ms Celina Barrett
(Nominated by the Department of Environment and Local Government)

Dr Barbara Rafferty
(Nominated by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland)

Ms Valerie Doyle
(Nominated by the Environmental Protection Agency)

Ms Gabrielle Willis, Civil Defence Officer
(Nominated by the Civil Defence Officers Association)

Colonel Jim Foley
(Nominated by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces)

Detective Supt. Liam King, Garda National Traffic Bureau
(Nominated by the Commissioner of the Garda Siochána)

Mr Michael Sheehan,
(Volunteer member of Civil Defence)

Ms Noeleen Ryan,
(Staff member of the Civil Defence Board)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 09:53 AM
Thank you. A quango whose role is to decide who lives and who dies has a particular tang to it.

I did take a quick look at the Board which is made up of well qualified medicos but I suspect this one will be subject to the peculiar economics of the pharmacy sector and government procurement alright. It has always struck me as peculiar that life and death is subject to the economics of that sector and a protected cartel internationally. One can demolish an unsafe building via compulsory purchase and court order and yet lifesaving medicines are subject entirely to market forces. This market has always smelled fishy to me and I wonder why private companies dominate the sector. Why can't national institutions develop medicines?

Anway- another thread in that I suspect.

Dr. FIVE
15-08-2011, 11:09 AM
Look what's first for the chop

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/john-drennan/john-drennan-bruton-poised-to-axe-four-quangos-in-war-on-waste-2847988.html


Four top quangos are poised to face the chop in September as Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton accelerates his war on government waste.

The quangos involved include the controversial National Employment Rights Agency (Nera) and the deeply unpopular Equality Authority.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 11:17 AM
Civil Service Arbitration Board

These Boards are part of the Conciliation and Arbitration schemes provided for civil and public service workers. The Board normally consists of an agreed chair (often legally qualified) and two representatives from either side. Each side will present detailed written submissions, and the Board will also hear oral submissions and question witnesses as appropriate. The findings of the Board are sent to the Minister for Finance, who may either approve the findings or refer them to the Government, within one month. The Government may then accept the Board's findings, or move a Dáil (Lower House of Parliament) motion to reject them. This latter course of action would not normally happen. Despite being called Arbitration Boards, their operation is in fact more akin to mediation, since their decision is not final, and may be overturned by the Minister or the Government. http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/emire/IRELAND/ARBITRATIONBOARD-IR.htm

The Board as far s I can tell does not have a website and does not communicate directly with the public as part of its remit. This Board came into the media spotlight when it rejected a proposal that the Government put forward that members of the civil service should lose two holidays which were a hangover from the British colonial days (the ‘King’s Day’ and ‘Empire Day’). The CSAB rejected the proposal because it considered the Government had not outlined sufficiently the savings the abolishment of those two days would deliver. It also stated that public servants would feel a ‘sense of grievance’.

Apparently the findings of the CSAB are not binding on Ministers or Government and can be rejected in Dail Eireann. I can find no mention of that happening thus far.

The Board is constituted of a Chairman appointed by Government- I believe this is currently Senior Counsel Turlough O’Donnell and is made up of a civil service representative and one other person who I believe is also a government appointee-possibly James Connolly SC http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/05/18/00070.asp

No information available on remuneration or expenses.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
15-08-2011, 11:20 AM
Look what's first for the chop

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/john-drennan/john-drennan-bruton-poised-to-axe-four-quangos-in-war-on-waste-2847988.html

Ta FIVE, I saw some mention of that and it'll be interesting to see what happens there- as ever there is no mention of whether Board Members once appointed for a five year term (or whatever length of term) is compensated for the full term. I suspect that is the case as there would be (drum roll) 'legal issues' if a Minister was to remove a Board appointee before the full term is up.

I've a creepy feeling that wherever a Quango involving Ministerial appointments is concerned the appointees at least have to be compensated- but as ever this is a murky area and kept fairly murky.

jpc
15-08-2011, 05:54 PM
Ta FIVE, I saw some mention of that and it'll be interesting to see what happens there- as ever there is no mention of whether Board Members once appointed for a five year term (or whatever length of term) is compensated for the full term. I suspect that is the case as there would be (drum roll) 'legal issues' if a Minister was to remove a Board appointee before the full term is up.

I've a creepy feeling that wherever a Quango involving Ministerial appointments is concerned the appointees at least have to be compensated- but as ever this is a murky area and kept fairly murky..


What percentage of your typical quango is comprised of civil servants?
And how were their positions backfilled?
Because you can rest assured that they were.

Baron von Biffo
15-08-2011, 09:23 PM
Look what's first for the chop

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/john-drennan/john-drennan-bruton-poised-to-axe-four-quangos-in-war-on-waste-2847988.html

All you have to do to switch off people's critical faculties nowadays is say the word 'Quango'. It's a perfect state of affairs for politicians bent on clawing back protections and supports for vulnerable groups. All they have to do is utter the dread word and the baying hordes demand blood - too late they realise it could be their own.

Dr. FIVE
15-08-2011, 09:25 PM
pretty much though the words equality or rights might have the same desired effect for some

Captain Con O'Sullivan
16-08-2011, 06:37 AM
The one thing I am convinced of is that quangos in a system built on patronage at every level are a bad idea.

I don't think governments should be allowed to set up quangos where there is no specialised knowledge available on the subject to be regulated among the people appointed.

The idea that quangos are 'independent' of government is a nonsense when the Minister appoints the chairman. It is a paradoxical situation. All it does is expand the influence of a ruling party dramatically and I have no doubt whatsoever that this system in Ireland has bolstered FF votes particularly- there are literally thousands of people on committees much more likely to vote with th party that has them sat on an expensed or remunerated board.

C. Flower
16-08-2011, 06:43 AM
The one thing I am convinced of is that quangos in a system built on patronage at every level are a bad idea.

I don't think governments should be allowed to set up quangos where there is no specialised knowledge available on the subject to be regulated among the people appointed.

The idea that quangos are 'independent' of government is a nonsense when the Minister appoints the chairman. It is a paradoxical situation. All it does is expand the influence of a ruling party dramatically and I have no doubt whatsoever that this system in Ireland has bolstered FF votes particularly- there are literally thousands of people on committees much more likely to vote with th party that has them sat on an expensed or remunerated board.

The manner in which quangos are set up as legal entities separate from and out of the control of the State is imo fraught with dangers and idiocies.

Very substantial public assets are put into the hands of individuals who can act like oligarchs, in many respects.

Legislation should be brought in to bring them back fully into government.

In the meantime, Richard Bruton intends to merge four employment rights quangos....

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/bruton-set-to-amalgamate-employment-rights-quangos-516612.html

Captain Con O'Sullivan
16-08-2011, 09:05 AM
Clare Education Support Centre

‘Clare Education Centre, formerly known as Ennis Teachers' Centre, has, since 1972, supported the in-service needs of Clare teachers. Since August 2000, the Centre has been located in a new purpose-built complex on the Kilrush Road, Ennis. The main functions of Clare Education Centre include a requirement to support the in-service needs of the state and to identify and support locally identified needs. The Centre is part of a group of 21 Full Time Education Centres and nine Centres operating on a Part-time basis supported principally by the Department of Education and Science. In addition to the functions noted above Clare Education Centre has, in recent years, been involved in Intercultural Projects with Centres in European Union countries.’ http://www.clareed.ie/content/publish/aboutus/index.shtml

These Education Support Centres I have mentioned before on the Quango Hammer are an example of the ability of the teaching profession to divert large sums of public money towards their own profession. I have no doubt that they only exist because of the number of teachers in the Oireachtas. Too many of these 21 full-time centres set up on government funding exist only to serve ELECTIVE continuing professional development for teachers and are not open enough as publicly funded spaces to the communities in which they are based. This is the teaching profession in Ireland at its parasitical best and a reflection of the attitude among certain teaching unions that ‘teachers are the crème de la crème’ of Irish society. I would much rather see investment in junior teachers getting jobs than these examples of professional featherbedding by the profession itself which seems to have an inordinate ability to nationalise any expense involved in the pursuit of the profession. It is long past time that the amount of publicly expensed facilities the profession has managed to screw out of the state was overhauled and reformed.

These 21 teacher education centres have their own association ATECI and website and all of these centres are principally supported by the Department of Education.

This centre is run by a Director, Pat Hanrahan. No political affiliation evident and unsure whether this is the same Pat Hanrahan who is President of Doonbeg Golf Club. May be a coincidence on the names.

Clare Vocational Education Committee

Legislation is being prepared at the moment to allow mergers of the existing 33 VEC’s around the country to 16 regional VEC’s with Clare VEC possibly being merged with Limerick VEC. http://www.clarechampion.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6721:clare-vec-to-merge-with-limerick-committees&catid=74:general&Itemid=60

The current Chief Executive of Clare VEC is George O’Callaghan (no political affiliation evident).


Classification of Films Appeal Board

The Classification of Films Appeal Board has nine members who are appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality. Any person can make an appeal against a refusal to certify a film or an appeal for a change in the classification of a film. The decision of the Appeal Board is final, but the film may be re-submitted to IFCO after seven years. http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/recreational_activities_in_ireland/censorship_in_ireland/censorship_of_films_in_ireland.html

I believe this office along with the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board has been merged into the new Irish Film Classification Office but there is very little available about who the members were or are or whether this Board still functions. Grateful for any ‘spots’ I may have missed in my own searches.

Frankie Lee
18-08-2011, 09:02 PM
Typical gombeenism
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/semi-state-chiefs-face-the-sack-in-contracts-row-164680.html

THE boards of two semi-state companies have been warned to sack their chief executives if they refuse to sign revised contracts.

It follows a dispute with the Department of Agriculture over the chief executives’ ability to amass annual bonuses and their right to claim backdated awards.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the situation was "not acceptable". It follows a lengthy standoff between his department and the bodies concerned, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and Bord na gCon.

In the case of HRI, the board reversed chief executive Brian Kavanagh’s voluntary salary cut of €15,573 in 2010 to compensate for his lack of bonuses during the economic crisis.

It also insisted on paying him €37,550 in outstanding bonuses despite "very strong" opposition from the minister’s predecessor, Brendan Smith, and his officials.

Meanwhile, Bord na gCon’s Adrian Neilan has been employed since January 2007 but has never signed a contract. This is because of additional clauses added to the standard contract for semi-state bosses.

Both boards were written to in March by secretary general of the department, Tom Moran, and told they should deliver a contract "without delay".

He referred to guidelines which said: "In the absence of a signed contract the employment should be terminated."

HRI’s Mr Kavanagh was paid a bonus of €43,111 for his work in 2008 but was due another €21,089 which is set to be paid this year.

The board awarded him another €57,000 bonus for 2009. He was paid €40,539 of this in 2010 and the remaining €16,461 was deferred until 2011.

Documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that, last November, Mr Smith was briefed on Mr Kavanagh’s position and said the expectation that he would be paid accrued bonuses as "outrageous".

HRI also clashed with the department regarding Mr Kavanagh’s salary, after the board reversed a voluntary cut to his €190,000 pay.

The board increased his salary by €15,573 to compensate Mr Kavanagh for a decision to forego bonuses from 2010 to 2012.

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/semi-state-chiefs-face-the-sack-in-contracts-row-164680.html#ixzz1VPtAq8E2

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 11:15 AM
An interesting new principle. Directors being compensated with a de facto bonus due to the fact that they couldn't expect a bonus because the bonus package couldn't be triggered due to the downturn.

Could be good this- if extended to the rest of the population this means that all workers are due a bonus because their respective industries can't afford a pay rise.

Ye'll all be on the pigs back.

Ta for the note on the horseracing quango- looks to me like there's a similar crew hanging around that game as was hanging around the greyhound racing. Some incredible shenanigans but then horseracing was always a game with one foot in high society and the other in the gutter.

The owner of Eclipse, one of the greatest racehorses of all time was an Irish lad of dubious background. Known by the rank of 'Captain';) he and his wife were the doyen of the racing set back in the 18th century around the classic courses. The couple's main business was running a brothel.

Frankie Lee
19-08-2011, 12:17 PM
Another former Coolmore man appointed to a big job there yesterday too.


Horse Racing Ireland today announced the appointment of Pat Keogh as Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse and Golf Centre. Pat will replace Tom Burke, following his retirement at the end of September.

A native of South Dublin, Pat is currently Head of Corporate Affairs with the Cosgrave Property Group. He has experience of the racing and bloodstock industry having previously been Finance Director of Coolmore Stud and prior to that worked for AIB in senior positions both in Ireland and overseas.

Since 2009 he has been a member of the advisory committee of Tote Ireland.

http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Resource-Centre/News-Items/Pat-Keogh-appointed-Chief-Executive-of-Leopardstown-Racecourse-and-Golf-Centre/

disability student
19-08-2011, 12:36 PM
[QUOTE=Frankie Lee;173903]Another former Coolmore man appointed to a big job there yesterday too.



http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Resource-Centre/News-Items/Pat-Keogh-appointed-Chief-Executive-of-Leopardstown-Racecourse-and-Golf-Centre/[/QUOT

Was he a former IBEC man?? Just asking.:rolleyes:

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 12:40 PM
COFORD

The COFORD Council for Forest Research and Development is [was] a representative body from the Forestry Sector in Ireland. The Council advises on the formulation of the national programme on Competitive Forest Research for Development (also known as the COFORD Research Programme) as well as addressing developmental issues in the forest sector including wood supply and demand forecasting at an all Ireland level. The COFORD research programme is the responsibility of the Research Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and funds research of relevance to the forest sector in Ireland. http://www.coford.ie/

COFORD's mission was to:
• establish and strengthen links between research and industry;
• determine forest research and development needs to maintain international competitiveness, provide sustainable employment, encourage innovation and enhance environmental harmony;
• evaluate research and development progress and transfer technology to ensure maximum benefit. http://www.coford.ie/aboutcoford/

COFORD 2009 Annual Report http://www.coford.ie/media/coford/content/publications/projectreports/annualreports/2009english.pdf

Highly recommended for anyone interested in forestry/sustainability matters and contains a number of interesting and well written reports on COFORD research into Irish forestry and various research projects.

COFORD work has been merged into the Department of Agriculture during 2009/2010 as announced in the 2008 budget.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 12:45 PM
[QUOTE=Frankie Lee;173903]Another former Coolmore man appointed to a big job there yesterday too.
http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Resource-Centre/News-Items/Pat-Keogh-appointed-Chief-Executive-of-Leopardstown-Racecourse-and-Golf-Centre/[/QUOT

Was he a former IBEC man?? Just asking.:rolleyes:

I'd be amazed if he wan't Frankie:) sounds quite rueful about the banking sector.

here is his CV http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/pat-keogh/19/a11/879

'Finance Director
Coolmore Stud
Financial Services industry
1999 – 2006 (7 years)

Coolmore is the leading bloodstock company in the world. John Magnier has created a fully integrated business with farms in Ireland, America and Australia. Coolmore was the home of Sadlers Wells, who was champion stallion on no fewer than 14 occasions. His son Galileo is following in his father's footsteps and is currently the hottest stallion in the world. Galileo, like his father, was trained in Ballydoyle where Aidan O'Brien continues to break records as he produces the stallions of the future.'


And his AIB days;

1974 – 1999 (25 years)

'Unfortunately Irish banks are making the news for all the wrong reasons these days. However AIB has a very proud history for almost 200 years. It made a very valuable contribution to the development of the modern Ireland. It was a global player in its chosen markets and was recognised for the professionalism of his employees.

I worked in all divisions of the bank and this has given me a very broad experience in banking. I started out as a foreign exchange trader and headed up the bank's treasury operations in both London and New York. Following a period in the bank's retail network I was appointed a Director of Corporate Banking within the Capital Markets division.'

Frankie Lee
19-08-2011, 01:04 PM
Another former Coolmore man appointed to a big job there yesterday too.



http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Resource-Centre/News-Items/Pat-Keogh-appointed-Chief-Executive-of-Leopardstown-Racecourse-and-Golf-Centre/[/QUOT

Was he a former IBEC man?? Just asking.:rolleyes:

I'm not sure if you are serious due to the :rolleyes: but I think you are thinking of Patricia Keogh. Pat Keogh is probably a quality appointment, however the problem is that being a former director of Coolmore it raises another question of conflicts of interest.
Horse racing fans do not want another repeat of the 2009 Irish Derby when someone decided that the Curragh could do with a weeks heavy watering even though there was a forecast of rain. The result of that decision meant that Sea The Stars decided not to run on the soft ground and the good Coolmore horse Fame and Glory was left an easy task of winning an Irish Derby.
Of course John Magnier campaigned for the setting up of HRI when he was a senator and the fact that the current Chairman is a business partner of his leaves the organisation open to the allegation that it is being run with the interests of John Magnier at heart.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 01:10 PM
Coolmore has a lot of power and is a bit like the church. Recently it was playing the poor mouth on the minimum wage I believe for stable hands. The place looks after Sheikh Mohammed's string plus a valuable string owned by Madeleine and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber among others. Betty II didn't visit there to upbraid the cheeky stable hands for wanting minimum wage:)

Mind you Michael Flatley, whose ego is barely contained on a large estate down the road backing onto Coolmore has a habit of surveying the horses as if he owned them I believe.

You can hardly breathe around that area of Tipp without getting the smell of wealthy egos. I wonder how far away the site for the proposed Taj Mahal of high roller gambling is from there?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 02:35 PM
Coillte

‘Coillte's core purpose is to enrich lives locally, nationally and globally through the innovative and sustainable management of natural resources. Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. The company employs approx 1,100 people and was established in 1988. It owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland.’ http://www.coillte.ie/aboutcoillte/about_coillte/

Background

Coillte was established under the Forestry Act 1988, which defines the principal objectives and duties of the company. These objectives and duties are elaborated in the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The company is a private limited company registered under and subject to the Companies Acts 1963-86. All of the shares in the company are held by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Minister for Finance on behalf of the Irish State. The Board of Directors is appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food.

Coillte commenced trading in 1989 when it acquired ownership of the State's forests. The core purpose of the company was to commercially manage these forest assets. The company has undergone a major transformation since that date by becoming a European scale forestry and forest products business. http://www.coillte.ie/aboutcoillte/about_coillte/coilltes_history/

Board of Directors (appointees of the Minister for Agriculture)

Brendan McKenna (Chairman) Remuneration (2010) 22,000 euros. Brendan was reappointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine as Chairman during 2007, for a second 5 year term. He was formerly Chief Executive of Abbott Ireland Manufacturing Operations and is a past President of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee. (No political affiliation evident)

David Gunning (Chief Executive) 473,000 euros including pension, pr pay, bens. David was appointed Chief Executive and a Director in 2006. He is also Chairman of SmartPly Europe Ltd, Medite Europe Ltd, and CPP UK Ltd. Before joining Coillte he held leadership positions in a range of companies in the telecommunications industry in Ireland, US and Europe. Former Director of Comreg. (No political affiliation evident)

‘ANOTHER SEMI-State board chief executive, David Gunning of Coillte, has said he will not accept the performance-related bonus due to him last year. A spokesman for Coillte said Mr Gunning had informed the chairman of Coillte, Brendan McKenna, of his decision not to accept the bonus. Mr Gunning’s bonus payments made headlines this year when he was paid a bonus of € 56,435 last December despite a request from former minister for agriculture Brendan Smith that the payment not go ahead.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0702/1224299940174.html

Breffni Byrne 13,000 euros, Breffni was reappointed to the Board during 2007, for a second 5 year term. He is Chairman of NCB Stockbrokers and a non-executive Director of Tedcastle Holdings Limited, Cpl Resources plc and Hikma plc. A chartered accountant, he was formerly a Senior Partner of Arthur Andersen in Ireland. He chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Also a non-executive director at Irish Life & Permanent Building Society. (No political affiliation evident)


Denis Byrne 13,000 euros, Denis was appointed to the Board of Coillte in 2010. Denis was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine with responsibility for forestry until his retirement in December 2009. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Eugene Griffin 13,000 euros, IMPACT union rep and regional Coillte Manager. . (No political affiliation evident)

Alma Kelly 13,000 euros, Alma was appointed to the Board in 2008. She is an associate solicitor in Arthur Cox, Dublin, specialising in projects, procurement and energy law. She holds a degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick and a Masters in Law from Trinity College Dublin. She was admitted as solicitor in Ireland in 2003 and is a member of the Society of Construction Law (UK). Alma is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. . (No political affiliation evident)

Seamus Murray 13,000 euros, Seamus Murray was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is a farmer and was also a member of Meath Co. Council from 1992 to 2009 during which period he served as Chairman of Meath Co. Council and was a member of Co. Meath Vocational Education Committee. He was also a member of Irish Delegation of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) since its inauguration in 1994 as well as being at various stages Chairman and member of both the Mid-East and Southern and Eastern Regional Assemblies. ‘Former Fianna Fail councillor Seamus Murray, who lost his seat in the Trim electoral area, received €92,793 for 2008 and 2009. This included €38,746 in 2008 and €54,047 in 2009, which included his gratuity payment of approximately €30,000.’ http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2010/08/11/3999228-cllrs-earned-83642m-over-two-years

Yvonne Scannell 13,000 euros, Yvonne Scannell is a Professor in the Law School, Trinity College, Dublin where she specialises in Irish and European Environmental Law and Policy. She served on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1994-1997 and was a founder member and first chairperson of the Irish Association of Environmental Law. She has been a consultant to the Environmental Law Group at Arthur Cox since 1990. She is a director of Tara Mines Ltd and a member of the Board of CIE. She is a member of the Remuneration Committee. (No political affiliation evident)

Frank Toal 13,000 euros, Frank was appointed to the Board in 2003. He was formerly Chief Executive of the General Electric subsidiary ECCO, an electronics manufacturing company based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He is a past President of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland and is now a business consultant. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. (No political affiliation evident)

Denis Byrne was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2010. Eugene Griffin retired from the Board on 31 December 2010. The Directors and Secretary have no interests in the shares of the Company, its subsidiaries, joint venture or associated undertakings. http://annualreport2010.coillte.ie/index.php?id=86&L=0

Interesting thread involving some comments from the Woodland League concerning Coillte activities. http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=5893&page=5

Baron von Biffo
19-08-2011, 06:01 PM
Typical gombeenism
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/semi-state-chiefs-face-the-sack-in-contracts-row-164680.html

Maybe the swear filter could allow t*oll and f*eak back in but zap 'gombeen' in all its forms.

What is it you see wrong in contracts being honoured?

Baron von Biffo
19-08-2011, 06:01 PM
Another former Coolmore man appointed to a big job there yesterday too.

http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Resource-Centre/News-Items/Pat-Keogh-appointed-Chief-Executive-of-Leopardstown-Racecourse-and-Golf-Centre/

Person with relevant expertise in state appointments shocker!

Captain Con O'Sullivan
19-08-2011, 06:06 PM
Person with relevant expertise in state appointments shocker!

They've only done it to confuse Fianna Fail. They won't be able to process the information.

Dr. FIVE
20-08-2011, 11:36 AM
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/kfgbeysnauoj/rss2/


HORSE Racing Ireland (HRI) has defied the Department of Agriculture and awarded its chief executive €37,550 in backdated bonuses.

The company’s decision to pay two bonuses came amid a standoff between it and the department over the fact its chief executive, Brian Kavanagh, has failed to sign a new contract.

As well as ignoring the department’s warning, HRI has already reversed its chief executive’s voluntary cut to his €190,000 salary to compensate for his lack of bonuses.

The company also backdated this decision by 12 months to ensure that all the income he voluntarily relinquished was returned.

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/kfgbeysnauoj/rss2/#ixzz1VZHciDZa


Can we all start defying the minister now too?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
20-08-2011, 12:07 PM
Time for a merger of quangos there I'd say. Even better abolish it and bring it in to the Dept of Agriculture and lose the board. I'd bring the axe down pretty quick on a bunch like that if it were me. Any any nonsense out of the horseracing crowd and they'd get a murmur very quickly about a tax review.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-08-2011, 08:36 AM
Consumer Liaison Panel

‘The Consumer Liaison Panel was established to strengthen communication between the consumer and the Department. The view of the consumer is vital to the future of a progressive multi-functional agriculture industry, encompassing not alone the basic function of food production but food safety, food quality, environmental and animal welfare issues and in this context the Panel, representative of general consumers, was set up.
The terms of reference of the Panel are:
Liaise on general consumer and client base issues in relation to the activities of the Department of Agriculture and Food Comment on the flow of information both to and from the public
The Panel meets on a regular basis to provide input and feedback from the consumer's perspective to the Department and also to be briefed on the Department activities.
Consumers wishing to communicate with the Panel can do so by contacting the Consumer Liaison Panel Secretariat, c/o Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Grattan House, Grattan Business Centre, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Tel. 057- 8694469 Fax. 057- 8694387 or by email to consumer@agriculture.gov.ie ‘

’The Consumer Liaison Panel was set up by the Department of Agriculture and Food to strengthen communication between the consumer and the Department. The panel is representative of general consumers.’ http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/publications/providers/booklets/entitlements_complain/publications_entitlements_complain7.html

‘A former Chairperson of the Consumer Liaison Panel of the Department of Agriculture and Food’ (From the Meath Fine Gael website detailing Mairead McGuinness’s CV) http://meathfinegael.wordpress.com/oireachtas-and-european-parliament/mairead-mcguinness-mep/

‘The Panel is chaired by Ms Marian Finucane and has representatives of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Voluntary and Community Sector Platform, RGDATA and representatives of major food retail outlets.’ (Oireachtas 17 October 2006, Mary Coughlan replying to a Written Question) http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2006-10-17.580.0

‘The Consumer Liaison Panel is not an agency of my Department but was a consultative committee which met occasionally in the Department.’ (Written answer from Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney 05 July 2011 http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/07/05/00392.asp

These were the appointments to the Panel in 2008;


Mark Cagney — Broadcaster 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel — Chairperson
Kenny Jacobs — Nominated by Tesco 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Valarie Rice — Nominated by Superquinn 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Tara Buckley — Nominated by REDATA 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Gerry McCormack — Nominated by SIPTU 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Richard Donoghue — Nominated by Consumer Association of Ireland 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Carmel Dawson — Nominated by ICA 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Maeve Dineen — Kilkenny (Independent Journalist? Coughlan nominee) 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
John McGrath — Dublin, (Coughlan nominee) 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Mairin Ui Chomain — Galway (TV & Radio Presenter, Coughlan nominee) 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Jackie Spillane — Wicklow (Coughlan nominee) Farmers Market organiser, Dalkey? 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Gary Brown — Dublin (Coughlan nominee)* 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel
Andy Irving — Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 5 May 2008 Consumer Liaison Panel

http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0654/D.0654.200805150131.html


*Caution advised as there is the possibility of misidentification but I wonder is this the Gary Brown who was in court for punching a judge at the Irish Direct Marketing Awards annual, er, ‘bash’?

‘Mr O’Connor and another judge, Justin Cullen, asked to speak to Mr Brown. They went to a corridor and Mr O’Connor and Mr Cullen criticised the speech but were told by Mr Brown to “******* off”. The court heard Mr O’Connor called Mr Brown a “knacker” and he was then punched in the face by the accused. Witnesses told the court Mr Brown punched Mr O’Connor five times leaving him bleeding. Mr Brown had claimed that Mr O’Connor and Mr Cullen had been aggressive and he was embarrassed because some of his clients were present when they came to his table.
He claimed Mr O’Connor had said his conduct when he gave his speech was “loutish”. Mr Brown admitted telling Mr O’Connor to ******* off but said the victim had called him a knacker and he feared he would be struck by him.’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0324/1224292955588.html

It would appear since that Mr Brown of the Direct Marketing Industry has won a 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. No news of any casualties.

Apart from that entertaining diversion it would appear that the panel is representative of Irish consumers- who are all either RTE Presenters, Journalists, Civil Servants or involved in the Retail Food Industry. I don’t think this is a paid panel but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were getting expenses from the Dept of Agriculture.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-08-2011, 11:48 AM
Coimisiún Logainmneacha, An (Place-Names Board)

Not a funded body but more a panel of experts on the Irish language and Middle & Old English drawn from academia who advise the Minister for the Department of Community, Rural and Gaelteacht Affairs on placenames following the decision by O'Cuiv in 2003 to give legal force to original Irish placenames. The Dept pays expenses but there is no Board as such and therefore no remuneration. No details on expenses but would assume these mean meeting expenses for the advisory panel who back in 2003 were all experts in the necessary linguistics- no danger of any Paidi O'Se's here it seems.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Coiste an Asgard

Body set up to administer the sail training vessel Asgard II which sadly went down in the Bay of Biscay in 2008 having collided with a submerged obstruction, possibly some kind of container. Thats the vague story anyway. Crew of five and 20 trainees all rescued safely. The Asgard came to rest on a sandy bottom and upright which would have helped with salvage except for the fact that the then Irish Government leapt into inaction by wasting a good weather window and commissioning two separate reports on recovery- it was announced after a five month delay that a recovery operation was not envisaged.

One curious note: 'The loss of Asgard was investigated by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board and its final report was released on 27 September 2010. The most likely cause of the accident found was that the ship collided with a submerged object. Although the maintenance and operation of Asgard II were found to be in excess of that required by the then-current regulations, a recommendation was made that the practice of classing sail training vessels as cargo ships rather than passenger ships should be reviewed' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asgard_II

Being of a well-trained cynical mind at this point I have to ask myself what the Marine Casualty Investigation Board were referring to when they spoke of the Asgard as a 'cargo' vessel? What was she carrying then when she was clearly a sail training ship?

Was she carrying a cargo that shifted and contributed to the loss of the vessel? And what cargo would she have been carrying?

Of course Coiste An Asgard as a Board is no more seeing as the Asgard was so shabbily treated. (Personal note: Went out on the Asgard myself as a young lad so have a personal interest and was very saddened to see what happened to her.)

One wonders why the insurance of some 3.8million wouldn't have paid for a salvage operation- the lads and lasses of the Merchant Marine engineering crew at RTC in Cork, the Navy and perhaps even the French Navy could have had this sorted as a project in the time it takes a Minister to claim expenses. One wonders what was behind the decision not to raise her in the five month window before the really bad weather in the Bay of Biscay set in- and what kind of cargo was she carrying and for whom?


A painting of Asgard II by Vincent Killowry http://www.killowryart.com/Gallery.php?Show=Latest%20Work

http://www.killowryart.com/thumb_files/Asgard%20II%2050cm%20x%2040cm.jpg

Dr. FIVE
03-09-2011, 03:01 PM
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Frankie Lee
03-09-2011, 03:17 PM
Is there corporate governance issues at play with the chairman of the board being over the remuneration committee ?

edit: No issues at play after checking.

Dr. FIVE
09-09-2011, 03:52 PM
Confirmed now


Minister for Social Protection, Ms Joan Burton TD, today (Friday 9th September) announced the appointment of Mr Eugene McErlean to the Citizens Information Board.

In welcoming the appointment Minister Burton said: “I am delighted to have the benefit of Mr McErlean’s banking and legal experience on the Citizens Information Board.’’

Mr McErlean, who is a solicitor by profession, has a range of legal experience having acted as a lawyer for the UK Government Legal Service, British Airways and the AIB Group. Mr McErlean also has extensive experience in the financial sector having served as Head of Group Internal Audit for Allied Irish Banks between 1997 and 2002. More recently, he assisted in preparing an international report on whistleblower legislation.

Accepting the appointment, Mr McErlean said: "I am delighted to have been appointed by Minister Burton and am looking forward to making a contribution to the important work of the Citizens Information Board."

The Citizens Information Board is the national agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services and for the provision of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service.

Mr McErlean’s appointment follows a rigorous selection process in which 172 applications were received on foot of a notice inviting expressions of interest in the post published on 5th August 2011.

C. Flower
09-09-2011, 04:06 PM
Confirmed now

I have to say I'm glad he's got a job. It's been eight years since he blew the whistle, and he hasn't had a whiff of a full time job all of that time.