Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Transport Robert Troy TD has criticised Shane Ross for failing to fulfil his ministerial duties.

Deputy Troy made the comments after it was revealed that Minister Ross has refused to fill 36 open vacancies on State boards, despite suitable candidates having been independently identified by the Public Appointments Service.

“Minister Ross has failed to carry out his Ministerial duties since being appointed to cabinet. He has failed to fill a single open board vacancy under his remit and this is putting the operational capability of a number of organisations at risk,” said Deputy Troy.

“Currently key boards in our transport sector are under-staffed including Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Dublin Airport Authority. This is at a time when the transport sector is undergoing rapid change and faces significant challenges in the years ahead. These boards should be properly staffed and resourced to deal with these challenges.

“The Road Safety Authority also has vacancies on its board at a time when the organisation is attempting to address a sudden spike in road related deaths. Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland have also been side-lined by Minister Ross at a time when our tourism industry faces a significant challenge from Brexit and our sporting authorities are attempting to secure the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

“The Public Appointments Service has responsibility for identifying suitable candidates to serve on State boards. It is an independent body which is used to make appointments right across the public service. Minister Ross has no credible excuse for failing to take on board its recommendations. The cabinet is meant to take a collective approach to making appointments to State boards. Why is Minister Ross not bound by this process?

“Minister Ross seemingly has an abundance of time to discuss issues which are outside of the remit of his office, but when it comes to fulfilling his own duties he is too frequently missing in action. He is paralysed by indecision and serious questions have to be asked about his performance as a minister.”