Pat Rabbitte: Attracting the best and brightest to state boards
An overly bureaucratic approach may well put off people of talent from serving on state bodies
There was never any prospect that Paschal Donohoe’s magnum opus ‘Revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies’ was going to compete for attention with the more dramatic happenings in Rio de Janeiro. This comprehensive document is as earnest as the minister himself, and does not make light bedtime reading. The only possible connection to Rio is a tendentious one, insomuch as it was published while the leader of the ‘down with cronyism’ campaign, Shane Ross, was in exile trying to save the honour of Irish sport. Despite Ross’s casual acquaintance with the concept of collective cabinet responsibility – although it is improving every day – the new code is a government document and therefore its implementation, we must assume, will now wind down the campaign.
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