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Dillon Byrne given seat on IMMA board

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan is the latest Government minister to appoint a coalition 'crony' to a state board, just before he is expected to lose his job.

Mr Deenihan has appointed former Labour councillor Jane Dillon Byrne, who had held her seat for 40 years until last month, to a position on the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Ms Dillon Byrne was appointed on May 30, days after she lost her council seat on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Her term of office is to last five years.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Dillon Byrne's husband, Michael, confirmed her appointment.

She was unavailable for comment as she was out of the country on holidays and won't be returning until later this week, Mr Dillon Byrne said.

Mr Deenihan, is among a number of Fine Gael ministers who may lose his job in the pending reshuffle.

The IMMA board consists
of 14 members and a Chairperson appointed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for a period of not
more than five years.

Members can be asked to serve for a second term.

According to IMMA, only the Chairperson, Eoin McGonigal, SC, is eligible to receive a fee, set at €8,978, which he has waived since being appointed to the position in 2011.


However, vouched expenses are paid to board members in accordance with the guidelines and rules set down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

A spokesman for Mr Deenihan said that given Ms Dillon Byrne's vast experience in the cultural arena, and in the context of overall balance at board level, including gender balance, the Minister made this appointment.