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Minister Ross has questions to answer on chief executive contracts – Munster

22 May, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has asked the Joint Committee on Transport to invite Minister Shane Ross before the committee to answer questions regarding the length of service of chief executives who are currently sitting on seven semi-State companies under the remit of the Department of Transport.

Deputy Munster said:

“I understand that nine chief executives of semi-State companies have remained in their posts beyond the recommended seven year term limit laid down by government guidelines. Seven of these companies are under the remit of the Department of Transport.

“There are many questions arising from this. We need to establish whether the chief executives in question reapplied for their positions through an open competition, what were the ‘exceptional circumstances’ as provided for in the 2016 Code of Practice under which these chief executives were permitted to remain in these positions beyond the seven year limit, and most importantly, has the government’s Code of Practice been breached?

“If the Code of Practice has been breached to this extent, it would suggest a flagrant disregard for government policy.

“Given Minister Ross’s previous interest in these matters, I am hopeful that he will be prepared to appear before the committee to provide clarity on this particular issue.” 

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