View Poll Results: Should the Quangos and Quarities Be Fully Nationalised ?

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    Shane Ross

    What was the name of the director appointed in May this year? Glennie happily told me that she was none other than Jane Dillon Byrne, the Labour councillor who lost her council seat in May. Ouch.

    Well, they share out the spoils equally in this Coalition. Very democratic. Within days of her loss Jane was consoled with a seat on the board of IMMA. Of course, it had nothing to do with her Labour connections.

    Last week, the Coalition was caught red-handed abusing quangos for political advantage.

    Recently, state businesses have suffered an orgy of appointments from departing ministers. The most prolific practitioner has been Phil Hogan, the now former minister for the environment.

    Phil himself was the beneficiary of the most lucrative piece of patronage in the gift of the Taoiseach. A Kenny loyalist , he was rewarded for his troubles with the €250,000-a-year job as European Commissioner.

    A recipient of patronage, Phil in turn dished the goodies out in spades before he left Environment for Europe. He appointed no fewer than seven ex-councillors to state boards just before he exited the Cabinet.

    These included such luminaries as FG's Michael 'Spike' Nolan and former Labour councillor Henry Upton.

    Just weeks before his resignation, another former minister - Pat Rabbitte - boosted the fortunes of former FG TD John Farrelly by making him a director of Bord na Mona, while simultaneously picking out ex-Labour councillor Denis Leonard for the same quango.

    - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/co....qxv1yemb.dpuf
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    Good to see the quango hammer lifted again.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Too many State agencies running into each other on this one

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has concluded its investigation into a botched land-swap deal involving the former garda station at Harcourt Terrace in Dublin.

    The report - seen by the Sunday Independent - found a series of significant failures by several State agencies led to the large compensation pay out to developer Durkan New Homes.
    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/n...-30656936.html
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    Senior government figures are concerned. Not at the wanton waste of millions of euros. But at the highlighting of said waste in an EU report and the possibility of losing future EU funding for pet projects


    A highly critical report by the European Union's Court of Auditors has revealed serious administrative failures surrounding the funding of Ireland's so-called 'rural quangos'.

    Senior officials have criticised the "significant system weaknesses" discovered during a review into the administering of tens of millions of euro of EU money through the country's LEADER programme.

    The damning assessment of the programme, seen by the Irish Independent, has caused deep alarm among senior government figures.



    Among the issues discovered were:

    * Whole projects that were approved funding were ineligible and did not meet EU rules

    * Serious breaches of public procurement rules involving several LEADER companies

    * A failure by LEADER companies to sufficiently monitor the awarding of funding for local projects

    * Missing or incomplete documentation used to support projects

    Investigations are ongoing and the Department of the Environment may be forced to pay back millions of euro as a result, according to one government source.
    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/p...-30864533.html
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    The list of "rural Quango's"


    The 35 Local Action Groups/Local Development Companies who are contracted by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to deliver LEADER elements of the RDP are:

    • Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership Ltd (Cork East)
    • Ballyhoura Development Ltd (Limerick East and North Cork)
    • Carlow County Development Partnership Ltd
    • Cavan & Monaghan Partnerships
    • Clare Local Development Company Ltd.
    • Comhar na nOileáin Teoranta
    • Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.
    • Fingal LEADER Partnership (Rural Dublin)
    • Forum Connemara
    • Galway Rural Development Community Ltd.
    • Inishowen Development Partnership (Donegal)
    • I.R.D. Duhallow (Cork North-West & Kerry South-East)
    • Kildare (Cill Dara ar Aghaidh Teoranta)
    • County Kilkenny LEADER Partnership Ltd
    • Laois Community & Enterprise Development Company Ltd.
    • Leitrim Integrated Development Company
    • Longford Community Resources Ltd.
    • Louth LEADER Partnership
    • Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company Teoranta
    • Meath Partnership
    • North & East Kerry LEADER Partnership Teoranta
    • North Tipperary LEADER Partnership Company
    • Offaly Integrated Local Development Company
    • Roscommon Integrated Development Company
    • County Sligo LEADER Partnership Company
    • South & East Cork Area Development Ltd.
    • South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.
    • South Tipperary Local Development Company Ltd.
    • South West Mayo Development Company Ltd.
    • Waterford LEADER Partnership Ltd.
    • West Cork Development Partnership
    • West Limerick Resources
    • Westmeath Community Development
    • Wexford Local Development
    • County Wicklow Partnership
    http://www.environ.ie/en/Community/R...y,32883,en.htm
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    Government agrees publication of protocol on the application of the new State Boards appointments process to NewERA companies

    Following its meeting of 30th September 2014, the Government announced a revised model for ministerial appointments to State Boards. From November 1st all appointments to State Boards must be advertised openly on the State Boards portal, www.stateboards.ie, which is operated by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

    The Government at its meeting today, 10th February 2015, agreed the publication of a protocol on the application of the new State Boards appointments process to NewERA companies.

    This protocol was developed by the Public Appointments Service and NewERA at the request of Government, and will be published as an Appendix to the existing Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards, which were published in November.

    The protocol was developed in parallel with the running of the recently-completed process for appointments to the Ervia board. This provided a useful way for PAS and NewERA to explore what variations might be required in the protocol they proposed. The protocol published today essentially formalises the Ervia process.

    The most significant variations from the published Guidelines are that NewERA chairs the shortlisting board and that the shortlist is sent to the relevant Minister accompanied by a report from NewERA. The main features of the new process such as detailed specification of roles, open advertisement and independent evaluation are retained.

    Speaking at the launch of the guidelines the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, commented:

    “I am pleased that NewERA and PAS have worked together to develop this protocol, which preserves the essential features of the new process that this Government agreed last September while also recognising the special legal position of NewERA. The recent successful process to appoint new members to the Ervia board demonstrates that our new appointments process is suitable for filling important vacancies on our most important commercial semi-states.”

    Note for editors:-



    The protocol is available at http://hr.per.gov.ie/state-boards/ as an appendix to the existing Guidelines.

    NewERA has a statutory advisory role in respect of the following commercial State entities:

    ESB;
    Ervia (formerly Bord Gáis Éireann);
    Bord na Móna plc;
    Coillte Teoranta;
    EirGrid plc; and
    Irish Water

    ENDS


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    Lucinda Creighton, outspoken critic of cronyism and all things "Fianna Fáil-lite", has been appointed to the board of Horse Racing Ireland by former Fine Gael colleague Michael Creed

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