Government agrees publication of protocol on the application of the new State Boards appointments process to NewERA companies

Issued 10 February 2015

Following its meeting of 30th September 2014, the Government announced a revised model for ministerial appointments to State Boards. From November 1st all appointments to State Boards must be advertised openly on the State Boards portal,, which is operated by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

The Government at its meeting today, 10th February 2015, agreed the publication of a protocol on the application of the new State Boards appointments process to NewERA companies. 

This protocol was developed by the Public Appointments Service and NewERA at the request of Government, and will be published as an Appendix to the existing Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards, which were published in November.

The protocol was developed in parallel with the running of the recently-completed process for appointments to the Ervia board. This provided a useful way for PAS and NewERA to explore what variations might be required in the protocol they proposed. The protocol published today essentially formalises the Ervia process.

The most significant variations from the published Guidelines are that NewERA chairs the shortlisting board and that the shortlist is sent to the relevant Minister accompanied by a report from NewERA. The main features of the new process such as detailed specification of roles, open advertisement and independent evaluation are retained.

Speaking at the launch of the guidelines the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, commented:

“I am pleased that NewERA and PAS have worked together to develop this protocol, which preserves the essential features of the new process that this Government agreed last September while also recognising the special legal position of NewERA. The recent successful process to appoint new members to the Ervia board demonstrates that our new appointments process is suitable for filling important vacancies on our most important commercial semi-states.”

Note for editors:-

The protocol is available at as an appendix to the existing Guidelines.

NewERA has a statutory advisory role in respect of the following commercial State entities:

  • ·         ESB;
  • ·         Ervia (formerly Bord Gáis Éireann);
  • ·         Bord na Móna plc; 
  • ·         Coillte Teoranta;
  • ·         EirGrid plc; and
  • ·         Irish Water