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Friday, 14 August 2015

Despite commitment by Dept of Arts to reduce IMMA board to 9 members Minister Humphreys is to put it back to 12

Board Member Numbers

The Public Appointment Service put out advertisement for applications for new Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) board members on 30/07/2015.

There are nine positions advertised, four current vacancies and five arising in January/February 2016.

According Memorandum of Articles and Association of the Irish Museum of Modern Art Company the number of directors is 15.


IMMA board timeline

Data Source

You can see how in 2012 it went from 15 to 9 until recently it then went back up to 11 for a week then back to ten. The IMMA board currently has 8 members.

but the previous Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan had already said they would reduce the number from 15 to 9.

31/10/12 - Deenihan outlines reform actions for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht organisations

National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery

The boards of the three institutions to be scaled back to a maximum of 9 members each, including the Chair (a reduction of the order of between 40 – 50 %).

and the board had been kept at 9 members for over 2 years but now despite having said that the board would be reduced to 9 it will be now set at 12, see incredible spin the department PR person,

Having emailed the Department of Arts and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to ask who was currently on the board and getting no reply for whole week, I had to depend on political correspondent for Today FM Gavan Reilly to get me that answer.




Arts Boards Reduction Committments

National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery: Summary of Reform Proposals 31.10.12

The boards of the three institutions to be retained, but scaled back to a maximum of 9 members each, including the Chair.

31/10/12 - Deenihan outlines reform actions for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht organisations

Some of the reform actions now being progressed include:

National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery

• The boards of the three institutions to be scaled back to a maximum of 9 members each, including the Chair

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;

To scale back the boards of the National Gallery of Ireland, IMMA and the Crawford Gallery to a maximum of 9 members each, including the Chair, all serving on a pro bono basis;


New Briefing for New Minister Briefing for Minister Heather Humphreys Summer 2014.
Contine to work on the implementation of the Government decision on reform of the NGI, IMMA and Crawford Gallery -Heads of Bill approved by Government and submitted to Oireachtas Commmittee

Heather Humphreys 2014-10-07

As part of the Government's plans for reform, it is intended to reduce the size of a number of boards under my remit on a permanent basis. Legislation is needed to give statutory effect to this change and it is expected that this legislation will be published in late 2015. Heads of Bills are currently with the relevant committee for consideration.

Heather Humphreys 2014-09-23
Legislation is required in order to reduce the number of members of the board, and this legislation is pending.

Heather Humphreys 2015-01-14
Legislation has been prepared to give effect to these changes and to reduce the number on boards, provide for pro bono service and gender equality on each board.
Heather Humphreys 2014-10-08
The proposal also provides for a range of operational reform measures, including shared services, governance reform, reduced board sizes and enhanced processes for board appointments.
Heather Humphreys 2015-05-12
In addition, legislation is being prepared to update corporate governance in the Galleries, to reduce the numbers on their boards and provide for pro bono service and gender equality on each board.
Proposed Legislation
Legislation has been proposed by the government and the department to reform Cultural Institutions governance since atleast 2013 and most recently.

Government Legislative Programme Spring Summer 2015
SECTION B
Bills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Title of BillPurpose of BillStatus of Bill
43National Cultural Institutions (No. 1) BillTo revise and update the governance arrangements in regard to the National Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Crawford Art Gallery Cork, including shared servicesPublication Expected - Late 2015

There is a National Cultural Institutions bill in progress in the Dail but it only deals with the National Concernt Hall.

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