What they said before election
Fine Gael election manifesto
Vacancies for all remaining paid directorships on public boards will be advertised on the website of the Public Appointments Service, and shortlists of qualified applicants will be presented to ministers.
To facilitate the transition to the new regime, the directors of all state bodies will be asked to resign and reapply for their positions within six months of a Fine Gael-led Government coming into power.
Labour election manifesto
Labour will end the system whereby appointments to state boards are used as a form of political patronage and for rewarding insiders.
A database of individuals who are willing to serve, together with their qualifications, will be established. Oireachtas committees will consider the suitability of nominated candidates, including having them appear before the panel.