Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has stated that news of the government’s refusal to open up the state board appointments system to external applicants as promised back in 2011 comes as no surprise.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Time and again Labour and Fine Gael talk the talk of reform but rarely walk the walk.
“Blame for this particular failure to reform lies squarely at Brendan Howlin’s door. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is responsible for driving the reform agenda across the public sector, which includes state boards and agencies.
“This government record on reform is abysmal. Far from shaking up the system as promised the majority of government Ministers have done little more than inker around the edges.
“Brendan Howlin needs to release full cross department details of state board appointments since the government took up office in 2011. This data should be automatically published on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s website.
“For some time now Sinn Féin has called for a publically accessible State Agency Database of all commercial and non-commercial state agencies and bodies, board members, competencies’ and remuneration awarded.
“Brendan Howlin has committed himself to Open Government but so far has failed to follow up his words with meaningful actions.”