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    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/...1-04-06.495.12

    (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-dubli...e-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/co...d-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/le...ry-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-n...s-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-n...s-2063632.html
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    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.

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    Link replaced CF- seems to be working now - can you see if it works for you?
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    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
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    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/news...s/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/an...or-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/?...9-12-08.1375.0

    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/
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    Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

    From the website of the North-South Ministerial Council http://www.northsouthministerialcoun...ish-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/l...ance_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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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...alway_3206.php

    Captain Brian Sheridan (Harbour Master); Son of former Harbourmaster Frank Sheridan http://www.galwayindependent.com/pro...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..._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
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    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/mak...rbour-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.
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    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
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    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/commun...s/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?
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    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???

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    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
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    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.
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