13th January, 2016 Question from Colm Keaveney TD
524. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the names of the persons he has nominated to serve in positions carrying remuneration, other than out-of-pocket expenses, on commissions, industrial, assurance, semi-State or other similar concerns; the amounts received annually in respect of each appointment; the name of the concern to which the appointment was made during the years 2011 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Response from James Reilly, then Minister for Children
As Minister I may nominate and appoint individuals to bodies within my Department’s remit (subject to Government approval in certain circumstances) and nominate individuals to bodies under the remit of other Ministers.
I have set out below relevant details since my appointment as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on 11th July 2014 and the respective remunerations.
Adoption Authority of Ireland (nominated and appointed)
Board Member Annual Remuneration
Dr. Geoffrey Shannon (Chair) €63,120
Orlaith Traynor €7,695
Paul Harrison €7,695
Dr. Helen Buckley*
Anne O’Flaherty €7,695
Patrick McMahon €7,695
Dr. Imelda Ryan €7,695
* It should be noted that in line with the ‘One Person One Salary’ principle, no public servant is entitled to receive remuneration in the form of board fees, save for situations that are provided for in statute.
Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters) -(nominated and appointed)
Commissioners Annual Remuneration
Judge Yvonne Murphy (Chair) €172,710 (High Court Judge equivalent remuneration)
Professor Mary E. Daly €585 per diem (approx. 110 days per annum)
Dr. William Duncan €585 per diem (approx 110 days per annum)