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Department of Children & Youth Affairs State Board Vacancies

In accordance with the Government's decision, the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, TD, invites expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the boards of State Bodies and Agencies operating under the Department's aegis.

In making any appointments to the boards of the State bodies and agencies, the Minister will not necessarily be confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant qualifications for the positions. In that respect, the Minister will have regard to the body or agency in question and its particular area of responsibility, as well as ensuring that the board members have an appropriate mix of skills and experience in such areas as corporate governance, legal expertise and financial expertise (with particular reference to audit capability and/or project assessment). The Minister may, from time to time, also decide not to fill all existing vacancies.

Persons being proposed for appointment as chairpersons of State Bodies/Agencies will be required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas committee to discuss the approach which they will take to their role as chairperson and their views about the future contribution of the body or Board in question. Following that discussion, decisions will be taken by the Minister or the Government, as appropriate, to confirm the nominee as chairperson.

In the case of a number of the bodies and agencies, the board appointments, while made by the Minister, are not made at the Minister's sole discretion. Appointments in these instances are made on foot of nominations from various organisations specified in the relevant statute and are required to come from particular bodies or to hold particular qualifications. These include certain appointments to the Boards of the Children Detention Schools and Adoption Authority. 

The following table sets out the current position in relation to the boards of those bodies and agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Expressions of interest from persons in respect of appointments to vacancies on the Boards of Management of the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Children Detention Schools and the Child and Family Agency should be submitted to


Body/Agency No of Board Members No of Existing Board Vacancies Relevant Statute
Child and Family Agency* 9 0

S. 19 of the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013

Adoption Authority of Ireland



S. 98 of the Adoption Act, 2010

Board of Management - Children Detention Schools




Sections 167 of the Children Act, 2001 (as amended)


 * The membership of the board of the Family Support Agency was appointed to the board of the new Child and Family Agency on its establishment on January 1st 2014.  Under the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board were dissolved and the service provision for these Agencies along with Child and Family Services previously provided by the HSE transferred to the new Agency with effect from 1st January, 2014. Further information on the Child and Family Agency can be sourced here

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