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The Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht appointed Debra Ní Shúilleabháin to the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2018 for a five-year term from 16 January 2018 to 15 January 2023.
Debra Ní Shúilleabháin is from Máistir Gaoithe in Uíbh Ráthach in Co. Kerry. Debra works as an Officer with Muintearas Teo in Munster. She in involved in language, community, youth and sports activities for many years with Comhchoiste Gaeltachta Uíbh Ráthaigh and Cumann Peile Phiarsaigh na Dromada in South Kerry.
As outlined in paragraph 12 of the First Schedule of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979, Údarás board members are paid fees and allowances from Údarás funds, which are determined from time to time by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. These fees and rates are in accordance with those laid down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for State Bodies of Category C of that Department.
As directed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (2011) regarding the payment of fees to public servants who sit on state boards, this member of the Údarás Board is not paid an annual fee.