The Department for Infrastructure has announced that, following a selection process, Newry, Mourne and Down District Councillor Jim Brennan has been appointed to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority with effect from 2 February 2023.
The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice.
Notes to editors:
- Warrenpoint Harbour Authority is a corporate body, having perpetual succession and was first constituted by the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Order (Northern Ireland) 1971. Its constitution is now enshrined in the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Order (Northern Ireland) 2002. Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Orders of 1971 and 2002 conferred powers on the Authority to preserve, improve and manage the Port of Warrenpoint. The Authority also has the power to construct and maintain specific works, to levy dues, to deal with abandoned vessels and to make bylaws.
- The Harbour Authority Board has a membership of a Chair, two Executive Members, and seven Non-Executive Directors, this figure includes three councillors from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The Non-Executive Directors currently receive remuneration of £7,807 per annum.
- Councillors are appointed to the Board in line with the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Order (Northern Ireland) 2002 and can only serve as a Board Member if they remain a member of the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The appointment is up to a maximum of four years.
- Councillor Brennan is a full-time member of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and represents the Slieve Croob Ward. He is a member of the Council’s Active Healthy Communities Committee and the Audit Committee. He holds no other Public Appointment positions.
- The appointment has been made by the DfI Permanent Secretary under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2022. However, should a Departmental Minister return, he/she may review the appointment and subsequently the terms and conditions of the appointment may be subject to change.
- All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Councillor Brennan has declared that he has undertaken political activities for Sinn Fein.
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