Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the announcement by Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy that he is to introduce more diversity into public appointments on boards such as NI Water, NI Transport Holding Company and the three Harbour Boards in Belfast, Derry and Warrenpoint.
Ms. Fearon said,
“It is important that public boards reflect society and at present groups such as women, ethnic minorities and disabled people are clearly underrepresented.
“The announcement by the Minister Danny Kennedy that board members will now not be automatically reappointed as members for second terms is also a positive move in bringing about positive change.
“In conjunction with a more widespread advertising campaign for positions, it is my hope that we see boards becoming more reflective of society. This is a welcome step and all public bodies should seek to improve on their representation.”