Following the government's decision of 30th September 2014 concerning new arrangements for filling vacancies on State Boards and the publication by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of the Government approved guidelines, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is now responsible for the management of the process of advertising and selection of suitable potential appointees for consideration by the Minister in filling State Board vacancies.
All appointments (with some limited exceptions) are to be advertised on the State Boards portal, stateboards.ie. This portal facilitates:
The government requires that in future, in addition to advertising the vacancy on a State Board on stateboards.ie, that appointees meet specific and detailed criteria determined by the Minister as necessary for the effective performance of the relevant role(s); and are processed by way of a transparent assessment system designed and implemented by PAS to support the Minister in making appointments to State Boards under the remit of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Persons being proposed for appointment as chairpersons of State Bodies/Agencies will still be required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas committee to discuss the approach which they will take to their role as chairperson and their views about the future contribution of the body or Board in question. Following that discussion, decisions will be taken by the Minister or the government, as appropriate, to confirm the nominee as chairperson.
Certain board appointments, while made by the Minister, are not made at the Minister's sole discretion. Appointments in these instances are made on foot of nominations from various organisations specified in the relevant statute and are required to come from particular bodies or to hold particular qualifications.