More than 250 State board positions advertised in first year of process

More than 4,200 applications submitted via

Since the new process for State board appointments began last December, 255 vacancies on 63 State boards have been advertised, according to new information from the Public Appointments Service.

More than 4,200 applications have been submitted via in relation to these vacancies. This dedicated website facilitates people in registering their interest in hearing about State board vacancies and to submitting expressions of interest, as well as providing information about the process.

Since November 2014, more 860 names have been put forward for consideration by Ministers. In the last 12 months, 183 people have been appointed by Ministers to 48 State boards. Of those appointed, 56 per cent were male and 44 per cent were female.

Public Appointments Service chief executive Fiona Tierney welcomed the high level of interest and said she believed there had been “some very positive progress in the area of gender representation in appointments”.