Wednesday 13 December 2017

State finally coming of age with transparency for board appointments

Fine Gael's John McNulty
Fine Gael's John McNulty

Eddie Molloy

Last year's ham-fisted attempt to appoint John McNulty to the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) brought to a head long-standing public disapproval of the political cronyism that all parties have casually practised for generations.

The Oxford Dictionary defines cronyism as "the practice of appointing friends and associates to positions of authority, especially when they are not suitably qualified".

The boards of State bodies are packed with cronies, most of whom are probably well qualified for the job, but there remain several problems with the practice, even when the appointees are well qualified.

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