Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 625 No. 6

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  117.  Mr. S. Ryan  Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   if he will report on the activities of Bord Iascaigh Mhara; if he has delegated specific responsibilities and targets to the organisation; the regularity of his briefings by the management of BIM; the way he assesses the performance of the organisation; the location of the organisation’s new permanent headquarters; if he will outline the criteria he uses in making appointments to the board of BIM; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33419/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Browne): Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  BIM has reported to me in its Annual Review for 2005 issued in May 2006 and its Annual Report for 2005 submitted to my department in July 2006. In addition, BIM also provided a report to me to accompany its Half Year Accounts for 2006 submitted to my depart[2065]ment on 31 August 2006. BIM’s Annual Review and its Report & Accounts for 2005 has been published and circulated and I will forward copies to the deputy.

Earlier this year a Performance Contract between BIM and the Department was signed involving a three-year rolling performance contract which sets out targets and objectives to be achieved by the organisation. The contract also provides for regular review and reporting on the matters set out in the Contract.

BIM are members of the Sea Fisheries Liaison Group and the Aquaculture Forum which meet regularly and where BIM reports on its activities. There is also ongoing contact with BIM on important issues in the seafood sector as they arise.

I have previously announced that under the Government’s Decentralisation Programme BIM’s new permanent headquarters will be located in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

I make appointments to the Board of BIM taking account of a person’s background and experience in relevant areas in particular experience of business and financial matters and based on my assessment of the contribution they will be able to make to deliver on BIM’s objectives and

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