Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has responded to the assertion by Labour Party TD Ged Nash that Sinn Féin should first look at its own methods of appointing people to boards before criticising other parties.
Deputy Adams has rejected any comparison between the blatant cronyism demonstrated by the government this week and the process by which Sinn Féin openly nominated individuals to the boards of the All-Ireland Implementation Bodies estblished under the Good Friday Agreement.
“All appointments to each of the North/South Implementation Bodies established under the Implementation Bodies Agreement of 8 March 1999 between both the British and Irish Governments are agreed by all parties mandated to the North South Ministerial Council - including the Labour party.
“All public appointments in the North are made on merit and are both monitored and regulated by a Commissioner for Public Appointments. This statutory role was created in 1995. It is independent from both the Executive and the civil service. They are publicly advertised and shortlisted candidates are interviewed. This process is overseen by an Independent Assessor appointed by the Public Appointments Commissioner which ensures openness and transparency."
“In February of this year, Sinn Féin launched a policy document on Corporate Governance ‘Good board/bad board - Transparency, accountability and diversity on State boards’.
“The document sets out how Sinn Féin would propose to restore confidence in state sponsored boards across all sectors, including charities in receipt of subsidies from government and donations from the public in this State, which the Fine Gael/Labour government have abjectly failed to do whatsoever.
“Sinn Féin proposed five key recommendations to limit directorships to five per individual, to attain a 40 per cent gender quotas on all boards, to bring equity to remuneration for directors, transparency in appointments and for there to be a timely provision of accounts and regular auditing.
“We urge the government to take these recommendations on board.”