Paul Cullen is reporting today in the Irish Times that Fine Gael and Labour "have divided up between them appointments on a key State board while ignoring applications made by the public".
Six seats on the Blood Transfusion Board are to go to FG while three go to Labour. These positions were publicly advertised, with 28 applications. Not one of the applicants was appointed. Minister Reilly did however appoint e.g. Prof Anthony Staines (school of nursing in DCU), who the IT reports as having a Fine Gael background and Dr Conor McGrane, a GP in Balbriggan in the Minister’s Dublin North constituency.
Dr Reilly still has two appointments to make while the his Labour Ministers of State has three.
Government rule requires people selected to chair boards to appear before a relevant Oireachtas committee before their appointment is confirmed yet this has happened in only a minority of cases. The IT reports e.g. that Prof Staines was appointed last June and has yet to be invited before the health committee.
Cronyism continues unabated under a government with such an overwhelming majority that it can't be bothered to enforce simple procedures like having a chat with appointees?
Coalition divides up blood board positions - The Irish Times - Mon, Jan 07, 2013
Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner are reporting that the DOH distributed €3.3m to 140 community organisations last year — 12 of which were in the Minister Reillys constituency. The Ministers constituency received €195,000 in lottery funding from the Department of Health last year. Dublin North benefited from a further €228,500 in 2011 compared to the €10,000 of National Lottery funding it received from the department in 2010.
â‚¬195k in Lotto funds for Reillyâ€™s constituency | Irish Examiner