Tuesday 26 September 2017

Gone by the board

• Separate independent reports into the catastrophic standard of governance at the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA), FAS and Tallaght Hospital indicate that it will take more than the Government's initiative to recruit a cluster of economics graduates with master's degrees to bring order, probity, prudence and coherent direction to large swathes of the public sector.

There has been a fundamental leadership failure to set a proper institutional tone, and the incompetence of these boards and their ministerial and ecclesiastical patrons is fully evident. Each of the cited institutions has shown failures of policy, planning, risk evaluation, and communications with and accountability to stakeholders. This has meant devastating consequences for customers, patients, taxpayers and the reputation of the state sector.

When the inept board of Tallaght Hospital was removed, the patron -- the Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough -- retained the power to nominate the chairman of the successor interim board of this chaotic, chronically failing, deficit-incurring hospital that is totally funded by taxpayers.

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