Next (SCHEDULE. Provisions Relating to the Council.)

1 1958

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Number 1 of 1958.


AGRICULTURE (AN FORAS TALUNTAIS) ACT, 1958.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Commencement.

2.

Definitions.

3.

Establishment of the Institute.

4.

Functions of the Institute.

5.

Council of the Institute.

6.

Expenses of members of the Council.

7.

Director of the Institute.

8.

Committees of the Institute.

9.

Seal of the Institute.

10.

Capital Fund.

11.

Endowment Fund.

12.

State endowment of the Institute.

13.

Expenses of the Institute.

14.

Offices and premises.

15.

Fees.

16.

Donations.

17.

Staff.

18.

Superannuation.

19.

Accounts and audits.

20.

Annual report of the Institute.

21.

Expenses.

22.

Short title.

SCHEDULE

Provisions Relating to the Council

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Number 1 of 1958.


AGRICULTURE (AN FORAS TALUNTAIS) ACT, 1958.


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH TO BE KNOWN AS AN FORAS TALUNTAIS AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH. [19th February, 1958.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:—

Commencement.

1. —This Act shall come into operation on such day as the Minister may by order appoint.

Definitions.

2. —In this Act—

agriculture” includes horticulture, forestry and bee-keeping, and also includes facilities, activities and sciences which relate to or tend to promote or improve agriculture, and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;

the chairman” means the chairman of the Council;

the Council” means the Council of the Institute;

facilities for carrying out agricultural research” includes land and buildings used for or in, connection with the carrying out of agricultural research;

the Institute” means An Foras Talúntais established by this Act;

the Minister” means the Minister for Agriculture;

research” includes investigation, test, experiment, analysis and study.

Establishment of the Institute.

3. —(1) There is hereby established an Institute to be styled and known as An Foras Talúntais to fulfil the functions assigned to it by this Act.

(2) The Institute shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and power to sue and be sued in its corporate name and to acquire, hold and dispose of land.

Functions of the Institute.

4. —(1) The functions of the Institute are to review, facilitate, encourage, assist, co-ordinate, promote and undertake agricultural research.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, the Institute may do all or any of the following:

(a) make grants, subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose, to persons engaged in carrying out agricultural research for the extension and development of their facilities for carrying out agricultural research,

(b) provide such new facilities for carrying out agricultural research as it considers desirable and provide for their use, control and administration by or on behalf of the Institute or otherwise,

(c) provide for the use, control and administration by the Institute of such facilities for carrying out agricultural research as may be transferred to the Institute, with its consent,

(d) consult with and advise persons engaged in carrying out agricultural research in relation to their programmes of agricultural research,

(e) make grants, subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose, to assist the carrying out of specific programmes of agricultural research or specific agricultural research,

(f) provide scholarships and other awards for the carrying out of post-graduate agricultural research,

(g) award fellowships, subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose, to persons who have done outstanding work in relation to agricultural science or agricultural research,

(h) provide and organise courses of study for advanced students in agricultural research and related subjects,

(i) provide and organise seminars, conferences, lectures and demonstrations on agricultural research and related subjects and on specific problems and programmes in relation thereto,

(j) disseminate, or procure the dissemination of, the results of agricultural research to interested persons, including, in particular, persons engaged in providing advisory services in relation to agriculture,

(k) publish, or procure the publication of, the results of agricultural research.

(3) The Institute shall advise the Minister on any matter relating to agricultural research or agricultural science on which its advice is requested by him.

Council of the Institute.

5. —(1) There shall be a council, to be known as the Council of An Foras Talúntais, to carry out the general government of the Institute and the administration of its affairs.

(2) The Council shall consist of a chairman and twelve ordinary members.

(3) The chairman shall be appointed by the President and shall hold office for such term (not exceeding three years) and on such terms and conditions (including terms of remuneration) as may be determined by the Government at the time of his appointment.

(4) The first chairman shall be appointed as soon as conveniently may be after the commencement of this Act.

(5) The chairman may at any time resign his office by letter sent by post to the President and the resignation shall take effect as on and from the date on which the President signifies his acceptance of the resignation.

(6) The President may at any time remove the chairman from office.

(7) The ordinary members of the Council, of whom nine shall be persons nominated under subsections (8) and (9) of this section, shall be appointed by the Government and the first appointments shall be made by the Government as soon as conveniently may be after the commencement of this Act.

(8) Five persons shall be nominated by such agricultural and rural organisations and in such manner as may be determined by the Government by order to be ordinary members of the Council.

(9) One person shall be nominated to be an ordinary member of the Council by each of the following:

the Governing Body of University College, Dublin,

the Governing Body of University College, Cork,

the Governing Body of University College, Galway, and

the Board of Trinity College, Dublin.

(10) The provisions of the Schedule to this Act shall apply in respect of the Council.

(11) The Government may by order revoke or amend an order under this section (including this subsection).

Expenses of members of the Council.

6. —There may be paid, out of the income of the Institute, to members of the Council such expenses of travel and subsistence as the Council may determine.

Director of the Institute.

7. —(1) There shall be a director of the Institute (in this Act referred to as the Director).

(2) The Director shall be the chief officer of the Institute and shall control and direct the activities and staff of the Institute subject to the direction of the Council.

(3) The first Director shall be appointed by the Government as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act and shall hold office for such term and on such terms and conditions (including terms of remuneration) as may be determined by the Government.

(4) Subsequently, the Director shall be appointed by the Council and shall hold office for such term and on such terms and conditions (including terms of remuneration) as may be determined by the Council.

(5) (a) The Government may provide by order for the payment, in such manner and subject to such conditions and limitations as may be specified in the order, of superannuation allowances by way of pension or gratuity or both for the first Director.

(b) The Council may provide for the payment, in such manner and subject to such conditions and limitations as it may determine, of superannuation allowances by way of pension or gratuity or both for subsequent Directors.

(6) The Director shall devote the whole of his time to his duties as Director and shall not hold any other office or position without the consent of the Council.

(7) The Director may make proposals to the Council on any matter relating to the activities of the Institute.

(8) The Director shall not be a member of the Council.

(9) The Council may, with the consent of the Government, at any time remove the Director from office.

(10) The Government may at any time revoke or amend an order under this section (including this subsection).

Committees of the Institute.

8. —(1) The Council of the Institute may appoint committees to assist and advise the Council in relation to any of its functions.

(2) A committee may include persons who are not members of the Council.

(3) The Council may appoint a person to be chairman of a committee appointed under this section.

(4) There may be paid, out of the income of the Institute, to members of a committee duly appointed under subsection (1) of this section such expenses of travel and subsistence as the Council may determine.

Seal of the Institute.

9. —(1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Act the Council shall provide and retain in its possession a seal for the Institute, and such seal shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairman or of some other member thereof authorised by the Council to act in that behalf and the signature of the Director or of a member of the staff of the Institute authorised by the Council to act in that behalf.

(2) Judicial notice shall be taken of the seal of the Institute, and every document purporting to be an instrument made by the Institute and to be sealed with the seal (purporting to be authenticated in accordance with this section) of the Institute shall be received in evidence and be deemed to be such instrument without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

Capital Fund.

10. —(1) The Minister for Finance shall, when requested by the Council to do so, pay to the Institute, out of the monies held in the Counterpart Special Account, a sum of eight hundred and forty thousand pounds and that sum, when paid to the Institute, shall be known as the Capital Fund of An Foras Talúntais and is in this Act referred to as the Capital Fund.

(2) The Capital Fund shall be used by the Institute solely for—

(a) making grants to persons engaged in carrying out agricultural research in respect of the capital cost of the extension and development of their facilities for carrying out agricultural research,

(b) defraying the capital cost of providing such new facilities for carrying out agricultural research, whether for and under the control of the Institute or otherwise, as the Institute considers desirable,

(c) defraying the capital cost of providing and equipping offices and premises for the Institute.

(3) Such part of the Capital Fund or any unexpended balance thereof as is not required for the purpose of meeting current expenditure in relation to the grants and capital costs specified in subsection (2) of this section shall be kept invested by the Institute in such securities as may be approved from time to time by the Minister for Finance.

(4) The interest on the Capital Fund or any unexpended balance thereof shall accrue to the Institute as income.

(5) In this and the next following section “the Counterpart Special Account” means the American Grant Counterpart Special Account established by the Minister for Finance in the Central Bank of Ireland pursuant to Article IV of the Economic Co-operation Agreement between the Government and the Government of the United States of America, dated the 28th day of June, 1948.

Endowment Fund.

11. —(1) The Minister for Finance shall, when requested by the Council to do so, pay to the Institute, out of the monies held in the Counterpart Special Account, a sum of one million pounds and that sum, when paid to the Institute, shall be known as the Endowment Fund of An Foras Talúntais and is in this Act referred to as the Endowment Fund.

(2) The Endowment Fund shall be kept invested by the Institute in such securities as may be approved from time to time by the Minister for Finance.

(3) The interest on the Endowment Fund shall accrue to the Institute as income.

State endowment of the Institute.

12. —(1) For the purpose of assisting the Institute to carry out effectively its functions under this Act, there shall be paid to the Institute in every financial year, out of monies provided by the Oireachtas, a grant towards the expenses of the Institute the amount of which shall be determined by the Minister for Finance in consultation with the Minister and the Council after due consideration of any information furnished under subsection (2) of this section.

(2) The Council shall furnish to the Minister such information regarding its income and expenditure as he may from time to time require.

(3) In this and the next following section “expenses” does not include expenses incurred by the Institute in relation to the grants or capital costs specified in subsection (2) of section 10 of this Act.

Expenses of the Institute.

13. —The income of the Institute shall be applied by the Institute in payment of the expenses of the Institute including, in particular:

(a) the annual outgoings and expenses in respect of the offices, premises and equipment of the Institute,

(b) the remuneration and expenses of the chairman, the Director and staff of the Institute, the expenses of members of the Council and of members of committees appointed under section 8 of this Act and the superannuation allowances of the Director and staff of the Institute,

(c) the cost of any agricultural research carried out by or on behalf of the Institute,

(d) the cost of grants to defray the cost of specific programmes of agricultural research or specific agricultural research,

(e) the cost of the provision of scholarships and other awards for the carrying out of post-graduate agricultural research,

(f) the cost of providing and organising courses of study, seminars, conferences, lectures and demonstrations,

(g) the cost of publication and dissemination of the results of agricultural research, and

(h) the cost of such other activities of the Institute, consistent with its functions, as may be approved by the Council from time to time.

Offices and premises.

14. —(1) The Institute shall, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, provide itself with offices and premises necessary for the performance of its functions.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section the Institute may—

(a) purchase or take on lease any land, offices or premises, and

(b) build, equip and maintain offices and premises.

(3) The Institute may sell or lease any land, offices or premises held by it and no longer required for the performance of its functions.

Fees.

15. —The Institute may charge, receive and recover fees for agricultural research undertaken on behalf of any person and for courses of study, seminars, lectures and demonstrations provided or organised by it.

Donations.

16. —(1) The Institute may accept gifts of money, land or other property, upon such trusts and conditions, if any, as may be specified by the person making the gift.

(2) The Institute shall not accept any gift if the conditions attached by the donor to the acceptance thereof are inconsistent with the functions of the Institute.

(3) Gifts accepted by the Institute under this section shall be received and applied by the Council.

Staff.

17. —(1) The Institute may employ such staff as is necessary for the performance of its functions.

(2) Subject to the provisions of the next following subsection, the members of the staff of the Institute shall be appointed and removed by or under the authority of the Council.

(3) Before making an appointment to an office on the research staff of the Institute, the Council shall appoint a board, composed of persons who, in the opinion of the Council, are suitable and competent for the purpose, to examine the applications, and to recommend a person, for appointment to the office and the Council shall consider the recommendation of the board.

(4) The numbers, grades, remuneration, tenure of office and conditions of service of the members of the staff of the Institute shall be determined from time to time by the Council.

Superannuation.

18. —(1) As soon as conveniently may be after the commencement of this Act, the Council shall prepare and submit to the Minister for Finance a scheme or schemes for the granting of superannuation allowances by way of pension or gratuity or both for its permanent staff.

(2) A scheme submitted to the Minister for Finance under this section shall, if approved of by the Minister for Finance, be carried out by the Institute in accordance with its terms.

(3) The Council may at any time, with the approval of the Minister for Finance, amend a scheme under this section.

(4) A scheme submitted and approved of under this section shall fix the time and conditions of retirement for all persons to whom allowances are payable under the scheme, and different times and conditions may be fixed in respect of different classes of persons.

(5) If any dispute arises as to the claim of any person to, or the amount of, any allowance payable in pursuance of a scheme under this section, such dispute shall be submitted to the Minister for Finance for determination by him.

Accounts and audits.

19. —(1) The Institute shall keep, in such form as may be approved by the Minister, with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance, all proper and usual accounts of all monies received or expended by it.

(2) Accounts kept in pursuance of this section shall be submitted annually by the Council to the Comptroller and Auditor General for audit at such times as the Minister, with the concurrence of the Minister for Finance, directs and the accounts when so audited shall, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, be presented to the Minister who shall cause copies thereof to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

Annual report of the Institute.

20. —(1) The Council shall, as soon as conveniently may be after the end of every financial year, prepare and submit to the Minister a report of the work of the Institute in that financial year.

(2) A copy of every report submitted by the Council to the Minister under this section shall, within two months after its receipt from the Council, be submitted to the Government and laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

Expenses.

21. —The expenses incurred by the Minister in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of monies provided by the Oireachtas.

Short title.

22. —This Act may be cited as the Agriculture (An Foras Talúntais) Act, 1958.