Sunday 25 June 2017

‘Indecisive’ Ross leaves key board roles empty

Mr Ross currently has 36 vacancies on his desk but has complained that the Public Appointments Service is sending him too many names to choose from. Photo: Tom Burke
Mr Ross currently has 36 vacancies on his desk but has complained that the Public Appointments Service is sending him too many names to choose from. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The boards of key State agencies are being left with vacancies because Transport Minister Shane Ross is refusing to make any appointments.

Mr Ross has failed to fill a single board vacancy under his remit since taking office over six months ago. He won't make appointments because he believes the system in place for selecting candidates gives him too much ministerial discretion.

As a result key boards including the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, the Dublin Airport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland are operating with depleted numbers.

Fianna Fáil's transport spokesman Robert Troy said the minister is "paralysed by indecision".

Mr Ross currently has 36 vacancies on his desk but has complained that Public Appointments Service (PAS) is sending him too many names to choose from.

Irish Independent

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