and the names came out on the 2nd of october http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/media-and-marketing/new-appointments-to-rt%C3%A9-board-and-bai-1.1949975
Fionnula Sheehan resigned from MEAS/drinkaware on the 30th of September http://www.drinksindustryireland.ie/fionnuala-sheehan-to-step-dow
so those picked two weeks ago arn't starting till february and the minister still hasn't picked his choices
Colum Kenny has a good point in the Irish Independent on this
Really could have been the shinning light in Gov policy on appointments with so many badly handled appointments to show that this system could work.
well firstly i think you should atleast expect them to do what they said they would. Im not sure from the article whether they have not or have, they did get the committee to advertise and propose 4 members for each board, and minister can pick four which is what is regulated for, but Column Kenny suggests they are not doing open call aspect as well as they did it the previous time?
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2009/en/act/pub/0018/sec0081.html#sec81 is the communications dept not in better place then most depts in that atleast they get to propose 4 x 2 board members, although the minister only has to 'have regard' to their choices.
my thought above was they have seemed to have picked their choice very quickly after the end of the open call.
when were those interviews I wonder. ETA 1st of October https://www.kildarestreet.com/sendebates/?id=2014-10-02a.7
links related to 2009 process http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/2009/name-1387-en.html 16 December 09 announcement of choice
foi request on applicants to the boards in 2009 http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/FE54A264-9631-4E00-BC11-5068001EE6EE/0/FOI201015RequestandReply1.pdf its note the Public Appointmnet Service involvement, but its hard to figure out the timeline for everything. the minister seems to have sent his list of nominess for the committee to review (not just the chairman).
the FOI officer presumed the solicitor making the request (on behalf of whom we don't know) was looking for public applicants not those that may have applied directly to the minister so the solicitor sent a second request http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/48522DA5-BA8C-4AC6-B25C-462F2C3B4942/0/FOI201034RequestandReply.pdf
all he got were appointment letters from further back
find annual report 2009 of comms committee http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/committees30thdail/j-communicationsenr/reports/document3.doc
Totally understand that the Minister could always choose not to except the Committee's choices, I think in this situation the minister should return the nominations and ask that the committee take all applications to the PAS and then on to interviews with the committee. If the nominees are upstanding they should consider their nominations, step aside and ask that applications are sent to the PAS before being called to interview with the committee in public. What the Broadcasting Act 2009 does is to allow for an more open and transparent application process, unfortunately it doesn't go further by stating that all nominees must go through this process.
IMO The minister should be given at least 20 nominees for each board to choose from otherwise he is just signing off and has no function. With this process he could send back a nomination to the committee which to me looks bad.
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD when asked about Appointments to State Boards and the assistances of the Public Appointment Service in doing so.
im not sure in what way the Public Appointments Service was involved in 2009
did they just do the admin?
Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
ANNUAL REPORT 2007 -2009
here is where the people involved were invited in to make presentations to the communications committee, 16 December 2009 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/committeetakes/MAJ2009121600003#N2 but they'd pretty much picked them at the point already, unless the person spectacularly failed at the committee, there were through.
to quote again from Column Kenny's column http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/colum-kenny/government-set-to-revert-to-habit-on-rte-and-bai-30710541.html
Yes from the nomination point of view, the minister could have easily decided against those nominations, that's really why a number of different nominations should be sent to the minister so that he can make a choice on a advice received.
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working group according to The Phoenix
https://www.kildarestreet.com/sendebates/?id=2014-10-02a.7 Thursday, 2 October 2014
so the interviews were on the 1st of October
Months over the summer???? How is that?
I don't think their is cronyism on this, I just feel that they nominees should address the committee in public so we know what they are about and how they will serve the public.
I think were having slighlty different thought trains on this
the only way I can interpret your post is that you think the biggest problem in the process is that the minister is not dismissing enough people proposed by the committee, in that he simply accepting those proposed by the committee without more thought and consideration and choice.
im not 100% convinced this won't happen before February, or atleast I inspect it may now happen. The Oireachtas Committee havn't yet put out an official statement on who they are proposing.
the key difference Column Kenny points to then is that in 2009 they interviewed 20 people "competitive interviews" http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/colum-kenny/government-set-to-revert-to-habit-on-rte-and-bai-30710541.html and in 2014 committee only spoke to the 8 they'd chosen.
it seems they had the assistance of the PAS in conducting the interviews in 2009 http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/2009/name-1387-en.html
statement by Minister Alex White on forthcoming appointments to the boards of State Bodies
17 October 2014 http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/2014/Statement+by+Minister+Alex+White+on+forthcoming+appointments+to+the+boards+of+State+Bodies.htm