Responding to the announcement from Arts Minister Heather Humphreys that she is to appoint nine individuals to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts Senator Fintan Warfield said in the Seanad today:

“Sinn Féin has noted the appointments to be made by Minister Heather Humphreys to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). The appointments will begin immediately and conclude in February 2017.

“Of the nine appointments, it is of major concern that only three of those appointments are women.

“A further concern is the shortfall of artistic expertise of those appointed to the board of IMMA, a number of whom have no previous experience in the cultural sphere.

“Sinn Féin is clear on what appointments to state boards should look like.

“Multiple directorships should be limited, appointments should be transparent, directors’ salaries should be fair, gender quotas should be implemented, and timely provision of accounts should be provided.

“Gender diversity on state boards should be a key priority for Government Ministers with responsibility for making appointments.

“This is of huge importance in the context of the arts, where women and allies have been campaigning for policies of inclusion, equality, and economic parity.

“It is in this context that Sinn Féin reiterates our call for transparency, accountability and diversity on state boards.”