| 17°C Dublin

Bord Bia board at half strength for months

Close

BORD Bia, the body promoting Ireland’s multi-billion euro food and horticulture industry, has been operating without almost half of its usual board for almost four months

BORD Bia, the body promoting Ireland’s multi-billion euro food and horticulture industry, has been operating without almost half of its usual board for almost four months

BORD Bia, the body promoting Ireland’s multi-billion euro food and horticulture industry, has been operating without almost half of its usual board for almost four months

Bord Bia, the body promoting Ireland's multi-billion euro food and horticulture industry, has been operating without almost half of its usual board for almost four months.

The body is central to efforts to drive Ireland's food exports to €12bn under the Food Harvest 2020 plan.

However, it has been without a full board since October.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the delay in replacing seven board members whose terms expired was down to the setting up of new processes with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and that he hoped to fill the roles shortly.

Under Government guidelines, published in the wake of the John McNulty cronyism row last year, new State board members must be selected from a pool of people who apply to the PAS.

Since the publication of the guidelines in November, over 2,500 people have indicated an interest in applying for State board positions.

The board currently only has eight members, but was able to hold its November board meeting as it only requires a quorum of four.

It is due to meet again next month.

ICMSA president John Comer, a member of the board, said that it was essential the vacancies be filled.

"We're facing into probably what will be the defining decade for farming and agri-food sectors and we desperately need all the expertise and know-how from appropriately qualified people that can be brought to bear on the opportunities and challenges coming right down the line - and coming fast."

Irish Independent