Thursday 26 April 2018

21 State board appointments delayed by political stalemate

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton Photo: Tom Burke
Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton Photo: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

At least 21 appointments to State boards have been delayed as it is one of the functions of government affected by the current political stalemate.

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton confirmed that she would not be making eight appointments to the Citizens Information Board.

Her spokeswoman said it would be up to the next minister to sign off on the roles. The organisation's board meeting had to be cancelled last month because it did not have a quorum.

The Department of Health also confirmed delays including four appointments at the Food Safety Authority, two at both the Radiographers Registration and Dieticians Registration Boards, and one at the Health Insurance Authority. The Department of Communications confirmed that there had been a delay filling four vacancies including one at the ESB and two at Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The ratification of new An Post chairman Dermot Divilly was supposed to take place on February 3, the day the Dáil was dissolved. An Post said Mr Divilly was "currently fulfilling his duties" with board meetings being chaired by another member as was allowed under An Post's rules.

Irish Independent

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