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Saturday, 15 April 2017

What happened to the state boards published skill matrix

re state boards, what happened to the published skill matrix?

National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery: Summary of Reform Proposals 2012

Appointments by the Minister to the boards to draw on an independent assessment process, based on a published skills matrix to be drawn up by the Minister and managed through the Public Appointments Service.

Governance of Cultural Institutions 26 March 2013

Speech by Minister Jimmy Deenihan
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

To ensure that appointments by the Minister of the day to these boards will have regard to an independent assessment process, based on a skills matrix to be drawn up by the Minister and managed through the Public Appointments Service;

Report of the Joint Committee on the general scheme of the national cultural institutions (National Concert Hall) bill 2014
7.17 Head 17 – Board of the Hall

(2) All appointments by the Minister shall have regard to an independent assessment process, based on a published skills matrix to be drawn up by the Minister, and managed by the Public Appointments Service.
National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2014: Discussion
Mr. Niall Ó Donnchú: (assistant secretary)
Head 17(2) states that all appointments by the Minister shall have regard to an independent assessment process based on a published skills matrix to be drawn up by the Minister and managed by the Public Appointments Service.

National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Act 2015

National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2015 Enacted as 10/12/2015

Board of NCH
10. (1) The NCH shall have a Board consisting of a chairperson and 8 ordinary members
appointed by the Minister.
(2) (a) The chairperson and ordinary members of the Board shall be appointed by the
Minister, from among persons who, in the Minister’s opinion, have experience of,
and expertise in matters connected to music, dance, the arts, finance, business,
administration, marketing, fundraising, philanthropy, corporate governance,
human resources or venue management.
(b) When making an appointment under paragraph (a) the Minister shall consult the
chairperson of the Board in relation to the expertise that is required on the Board.
Board of NCH
10. (1) The NCH shall have a Board consisting of a chairperson and 8 ordinary members
appointed by the Minister.
(2) (a) The chairperson and ordinary members of the Board shall be appointed by the
Minister, from among persons who, in the Minister’s opinion, have experience of,
and expertise in matters connected to music, dance, the arts, finance, business,
administration, marketing, fundraising, philanthropy, corporate governance,
human resources or venue management.
(b) When making an appointment under paragraph (a) the Minister shall consult the
chairperson of the Board in relation to the expertise that is required on the Board.


What happened to the published skill matrix?

I asked the Minister/department this questionand replied that recent advertisements had skill profiles. Which you can see here

Irish_Museum_of_Modern_Art_Information_Booklet.pdf

National_Concert_Hall_Information_Booklet.pdf

National_Gallery_of_Ireland_Information_Booklet.pdf

Crawford_Gallery_Information_Booklet.pdf

Although these call for expression of interest advertise vacancies for most of the boards seats its not for all of them.

I didn't think listing the skills that are being sought for the vacancies being advertised is a skill matrix, a skill matrix is listing the skills requirements of the entire board, and showing where there may be skill gaps.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Irish Times parrot Patrick O'Donovan's false claim

Patrick O'Donovan is whining that he hasn't been delegated any ministerial functions by Minister Ross in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the Irish Times repeated his claims without checking.

Minister in state as Shane Ross fails to delegate functions - Irish Times Mar 11, 2017 by Sarah Bardon

Correspondence released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act shows that Mr O’Donovan told Mr Ross the refusal to delegate functions is causing “confusion” within the department and asked for it to be urgently addressed, claiming he is the only Minister of State to be in this position.
His key claim seems to be wrong, he says that he is the only Minister of State not to have been delegated functions but afaik Eoghan Murhpy has not been either, other wise it would appear here Irish Statute Book

Ross drink-driving crackdown to be blocked by Fianna Fáil
Feb 22, 2017, 01:00 Sarah Bardon
Mr O’Donovan is the only Minister of State not to have delegated powers
I complained to the readersrep and editor of the Irish Times and they tried to prevaricate by saying they were waiting for a reply from the Finance Department about what powers had been assigned to MOS Eoghan Muprhy, but they didn't need to ask the Department of Finance just look for the Statutory Instruments, delegated powers has a specific meaning, it does not mean assignment of areas of responsibilities as suggested by Irish Times editor Eoin McVey in his reply to me, because Patrick O'Donovan has already been assigned areas of responsibilty see Dail Question 14 February 2017. If the sentence isn't true it should be corrected.
A spokeswoman for Mr Ross said... said there was no precedent in the department to delegate functions, pointing to a similar situation between former minister for transport Paschal Donohoe and minister of state Michael Ring.
This is correct, you can search all Statutory Instruments related to delegated of functions on the OPAC library.

Ministerial Responsibilty for An Post and Broadband. Media reports claims not facts.


re Ring offloads management of rural post offices to Naughten Mar 29, 2017, 01:00 Pat Leahy

junior minister Michael Ring has offloaded a political headache: responsibility for the post office network is to be transferred back to the Department of Communications.
This reverses a move last summer which saw responsibility for the network move from the Independent Roscommon TD’s Department of Communications to the Mayo Fine Gael TD’s Department of Rural Affairs.

What is the documented basis for this sentence?

Listen to Michael Ring 'I never had statutory responsibility for An Post' RTÉ - Today with Sean O'Rourke .mp3

These are the only relevant statutory instruments S.I. No. 376/2016 - Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2016.
SCHEDULE


Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtainais (CLÁR) Programme

Rural Development Fund

Rural Recreation

Tidy Towns

Walks Scheme
Rural affairs and social enterprise (transfer of departmental administration and ministerial functions) order 2016
SCHEDULE


Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtainais (CLÁR) Programme

LEADER — Rural Development Programme 2007-2013

LEADER — Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

Rural Development Fund

Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) Scheme

Rural Recreation

Tidy Towns

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Walks Scheme
I don't see where it specifies that responsibility for the post office network was never not under the Department of Communications. Rural Development Fund at a stretch?

also Food and drug delivery could be among post office services by Mar 23, 2017 Sarah Bardon
However, Mr Naughten has insisted it was the role of Mr Ring and said he had transferred powers to the Fine Gael TD in July.
A spokeswoman for the senior Minister said: “A Cabinet decision was taken in July to transfer the post-office network and broadband to Mr Ring.
“If Mr Ring and the Department of Arts want to reverse that decision, a Cabinet memo will be required.”

What is the documented basis for this paragraph? Surely its their job to seek out the truth rather the just repeating claim and counter claim.

Ministers face off in high-speed broadband battle Stephen O’Brien April 9 2017
Heather Humphreys, the minister for rural and regional affairs, is resisting a move by communications minister Denis Naughten to bring responsibility for rural broadband back to the Department of Communications.
Enda Kenny, the taoiseach, gave Humphreys’ department partial responsibility for both last year, in an effort to put a political focus on rural Ireland through a single cabinet portfolio. But Michael Ring, a junior minister at Humphreys’ department, handed back responsibility for the postal network to the Department of Communications last month after he completed a report on how post offices could be developed as rural community hubs.

Where is the documents to back this up? finally the Independent directly quotes the government decision, but how is to be implemented.

Bickering ministers are branded 'childish' in row over future of post offices Indepedent.ie Kevin Doyle April 11 2017
The Irish Independent understands the An Post row dates back to a Government memo dated July 19, 2016 which "transferred responsibility for the post office network from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs".

Estimates for Public Services 2016
Vote 33 - Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Revised)
I would like to set out my responsibilities in the Department. They include national rural development schemes, including rural recreation, the rural walks scheme, the rural development fund and the CLÁR programme. Also under my remit are the national parks and nature reserves, the development of the Atlantic economic corridor, reinforcing the role of the Western Development Commission, dormant accounts measures, tidy towns, social enterprise and the development of the rural post office network. I will assist the Minister in the rolling out of rural broadband in Connacht.
Departmental Functions Dáil debates Wednesday, 1 June 2016
The broadband provision and rural post offices functions will be done very shortly, and probably the following week, but the transfer of the rural affairs functions will definitely be done next week.

but were they?

Departmental Staff Redeployment Dáil debates 6 July 2016
Two members of staff have also already transferred to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, one from the Post Office Network section, and one from the Rural Broadband section.
Miniserial briefing 2016 June 2016 Change of government department briefing pre re-organisation.
Dept of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Organisation Chart
Rural Broadband & Post OfficesPrincipal OfficerStjohn O’Connor (S)
Date: Jan 2017
Stjohn O'Connor
Principal Officer
Company Name Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Dates Employed Jun 2016 – Present

how many staff do you need to implementation decision on future of Post Office Network? how many do they have?

Minister Ring establishes Post Office Hub Working Group 27th July 2016 Merrionstreet.ie

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Departmental Functions Written answers Thursday, 16 June 2016
Denis Naughten Minsiter for Communications :As part of the re-configuration of Government Departments, responsibility for certain elements of the National Broadband Plan and the post office network will transfer to the Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht.
but did they?
In so far as the post office network is concerned, the implementation of the Final Report of the Post Office Network Business Development Group will be managed by the Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. Oversight of An Post as a corporate entity remains with my Department.
"implementation" how is that dones statutorily?
With regard to state agencies and bodies, my Department will assume responsibility for the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the transfer of environment functions from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. I also have responsibility for the following State agencies and bodies:

- An Post

- Commission for Communications Regulation
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Departmental Functions Written answers Tuesday, 7 March 2017
In addition sections dealing with the the rollout of rural broadband and supporting the rural post office network transferred to my Department from the former Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Statement of Strategy 2016-2019
The high-level policy objectives for our new Regional and Rural Affairs function are:
to facilitate the roll out of rural broadband in conjunction with the Local Authorities and implement the report of the Post Office Network Business Development Group.
Our Mission Support the Post Office Network in adapting to a changing business environment by developing relevant services to rural communities;
Prepare rural communities for the roll out of broadband across rural Ireland;
Appendix 2 – Commitments relevant to the Department in the Programme for Government
The new Government will act swiftly on the recommendations of the Post Office Business Development Group by supporting the introduction and rollout, by An Post, of an “ePayment Account” in 2016, to enhance post office activity in financial services and increase footfall.
We will also advance a new model of 'community banking' by requesting An Post and the League of Credit Unions, as well as any other interested stakeholders, to investigate and propose a new model of community banking that provides a suite of banking services through the large network of Post Offices. This could be based on the Kiwibank model in New Zealand, where the Post Office owned bank provides a comprehensive suite of financial services, from personal loans and bank accounts to credit cards, business banking, and insurance. We will thoroughly investigate the German Sparkassen model for the development of local public banks that operate within well-defined regions
The new Government will also establish the feasibility of offering motor tax services and other State services in post offices.
We will establish a working group to identify the potential for local post offices to act as 'hubs' to facilitate other services such as health and transport and a one-stop-shop for Government services.
We will also support the establishment of a post office network renewal process to build on An Post's existing 5-year strategy for the network.
Commitments
Led by other Departments to which we will contribute: The making of Social Protection payments at Post Offices.
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs - Rural - Post Office Network
Post Office Network & Broadband Implementation Unit
The programme for Government commits to acting on all of the recommendations of the final report, including supporting the implementation of a basic payment account and enabling the payment of motor tax through the post office network.
The programme for Partnership Government
F) Post Offices & Community Banking
We acknowledge the renewal of the Department of Social Protection’s contract for cash social welfare payments at post offices, which is worth €54million, with over 38 million social welfare payments being made in post offices throughout the country. We will actively encourage payments at Post Offices. The new Government will act swiftly on the recommendations of the Post Office Business Development Group by supporting the introduction and rollout, by An Post, of an “ePayment Account” in 2016, to enhance post office activity in financial services and increase footfall.

We will also advance a new model of ‘community banking’...

The new Government will also establish the feasibility of offering motor tax services and other State services in post offices. We will establish a working group to identify the potential for local post offices to act as 'hubs' to facilitate other services such as health and transport and a one-stop-shop for Government services.
We will also support the establishment of a post office network renewal process to build on An Post's existing 5-year strategy for the network.
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs on whodoeswhat.gov.ie
Regional Development and Rural Affairs

The main goal of the Department’s Regional and Rural Division is to promote and facilitate long-term sustainable economic and social progress across rural Ireland. To that end, the Department will work with stakeholders in the coming period to develop a Strategy which will include a Rural Action Plan to advance economic and social progress in rural Ireland. Other key actions include the implementation of the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the delivery of a range of other schemes, including a Rural Recreation Scheme, the Rural Walks Scheme, a Town and Village Enhancement scheme and the CLÁR Programme. The development of the Post Office network and preparing for the timely roll-out of broadband are also key priorities.
Rural Broadband and Post Offices
Division: Rural Broadband and Post Offices
Grade: Principal Officer
E-mail: stjohn.oconnor@ahg.gov.ie

Responsibilities

StJohn O'Connor is the Principal Officer with responsibility for the development of the Post Office network and preparing for the timely roll-out of broadband.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Post Office Network: Discussion 17 January 2017 Dr. Stjohn O'Connor, principal officer.
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Statement of Strategy 2015- 2017 Statement of Strategy 2016- 2019
High Level Objective 3 Postal
To ensure Irish customers, both business and residential, enjoy competitively priced, high quality postal services on a par with the highest quality standards in key comparator EU economies.
The postal sector as a whole is facing significant change as a result of the growth of the Digital economy. Postal volumes are experiencing long term structural decline with the associated impact on the An Post financial position and its capacity to continue to deliver its universal service obligation. On the other hand, the growth of online business has provided new opportunities for the logistics industry.
Managing the scale of the challenge facing An Post will require a focus on innovation and new business models by the company and oversight of the shareholding Departments working with NewERA. In addition, the regulatory framework set out in the Postal Services Act, 2011 will be reviewed to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
The post office network is also facing significant challenges. The Report of the Post Office Network Business Development Group sets out a number of recommendations to assist the post office network as it prepares to address the changing demands of the postal market. Responsibility for implementation of the Report has transferred to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Strategy
Work to ensure An Post remains a strong and viable company, providing a high quality nationwide postal service and availing of commercial opportunities to leverage its asset base and to diversify.

Organisation Chart Corporate Governance, Postal Principal Officer Barbara Leeson
Responsible for the corporate governance of the commercial, non-commercial and regulatory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department and matters related to postal policy.
Postal Division
Communications
The Postal Division develops policies that ensure Irish customers, both business and residential, enjoy competitively priced, high-quality postal services. This division is managed under Governance and Operation.

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (2007–16)
Postal Division
The key role of the Postal Division is to develop and maintain an effective policy for the Irish postal sector and to ensure Irish customers, both business and residential, enjoy competitively priced, high quality postal services.

The Division also has corporate governance functions in respect of An Post.

department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Post Office Network Tuesday, 7 March 2017
The implementation of any of the recommendations or proposals which have emerged from this process will require the agreement and input of An Post.

The actions will be monitored on an ongoing basis by my Department through its direct engagement in the delivery of the relevant measures, as well as through the processes which are being put in place to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan for Rural Development as a whole. A Monitoring Committee, which will be chaired by Minister Humphreys, will meet regularly to monitor the progress of each of the actions in the Plan. The Committee will include the key stakeholders from relevant public bodies as well as business and rural interests. Progress reports will be published every six months.

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Post Office Network 31 January 2017
The Post Office Network Business Development Group, chaired by Mr. Bobby Kerr, was established in late 2014 to examine the potential for additional Government business – as well as commercial business – to be transacted through the Post Office network. The final report of the Group was published in January 2016.

On foot of this report, two Working Groups were established to progress the recommendations arising from the report of the Business Development Group; these were the Post Office Network Renewal Implementation Group, chaired by Mr. Kerr, and the Post Office Hub Working Group which I myself chaired.

The Network Renewal Group examined a number of issues relating to the Post Office network, including the number and spatial distribution of post offices, branch modernisation, the streamlining of products and services, and postmaster contracts. Mr Kerr submitted his final report to An Post on 23rd December last.

The role of the Post Office Hub Working Group was to identify potential models under which the post offices could act as community hubs, especially in rural areas. This Working Group has also completed its work, and final drafting changes are currently being made to the Group’s report. I will be making this report available to the Government as soon as possible.

The recommendations arising out of these reports will be considered by the Board of An Post and by the Government respectively and I anticipate that a number of firm actions will be agreed for delivery by An Post, by my own Department, and potentially by other Government Departments.

These actions will be monitored on an on-going basis by my Department through its direct engagement in delivery, and also through the processes which are being put in place to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan for Rural Development as a whole. A Monitoring Committee, which will be chaired by Minister Heather Humphreys, will meet on a regular basis to monitor the progress of each of the actions in the Plan. The Monitoring Committee will include the key stakeholders from relevant public bodies and from business and rural interests. Progress reports will be published every six months.
An Post needs to change with the times and face up to challenges Jim Daly TD 29th March, 2017
The report from the Network Renewal Implementation Group was commissioned by An Post for An Post – it is not a Government report. This is where the speculation of the potential branch closures and job losses originates.


Minister White announces Bobby Kerr as Chair of post office network Business Development Group
Sunday 21st December 2014

Who makes the decision to close?

An Post CEO cites Social Protection requirement that people must be able to collect their social welfare from 95% of within 3 km in an urban area and 95% of clients within 15 km in a rural area as a determining factor Prime Time RTE 11th April 2017

Varadkar renews €52M social welfare contract with An Post

Broadband Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Rural National Broadband Plan