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Department of Children & Youth Affairs State Board Vacancies

Following the Government's decision of 30th September 2014 concerning new arrangements for filling vacancies on State Boards and the publication by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of the Government approved guidelines, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is now responsible for the management of the process of advertising and selection of suitable potential appointees for consideration by the Minister in filling State Board vacancies.

All appointments (with some limited exceptions) are to be advertised on the State Boards portal, This portal facilitates:
•    The advertising of opportunities to express an interest in State Board vacancies and the terms and conditions pertaining to same;
•    The registration by prospective Board members of their general interest in a position on a State Board;
•    The sending of alerts to those registered on of State Board vacancies as and when they arise.

The Government requires that in future, in addition to advertising the vacancy on a State Board on, that appointees meet specific and detailed criteria determined by the Minister as necessary for the effective performance of the relevant role(s); and are processed by way of a transparent assessment system designed and implemented by PAS to support the Minister in making appointments to State Boards under the remit of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Persons being proposed for appointment as chairpersons of State Bodies/Agencies will still 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.

Certain 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. 

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.


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 - Oberstown Children Detention Campus






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


Gaisce - The President's Award






Memorandum and Articles of Gaisce


* 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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