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130. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the gender balance on each of the State boards under his remit, in tabular form. [48568/17]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information requested by the Deputy in relation to these boards is set out in the following table.  The National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017 - 2020 will provide renewed impetus for action to ensure that all State Boards achieve the 40% target for representation of women and men. Where the 40% target has been reached, Ministers and nominating bodies will be encouraged to move to a 45% target aimed at achieving gender parity in State Board representation.

Name of board  Total number on the board  Number of Women on the board  Number of Men on the Board Percentage of Women on the Board  Percentage of Men on the Board
Classification of Films Appeal Board  7  3  4  43%  57%
Censorship of Publications Board  5  3  2  60%  40%
*Censorship of Publications Appeal Board  0  0  0  0
 Courts Service Board  14  3  11  21%  79%
 Garda Síochána Arbitration Board  3  0  3  0  100%
*Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission  2  1  1  50%  50%
*Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  8  5  3  62%  38%
 Judicial Appointments Advisory Board  10  3  7  30%  70%
*Legal Aid Board  12  7  5  58%  42%
 Mental Health(Criminal Law) Review Board  4  3  1  75%  25%
 National Disability Authority  13  7  6  54%  46%
 Ordnance Survey Ireland  9  2  7  22%  78%
 Parole Board  12  2  10  17%  83%
 Policing Authority  8  4  4  50%  50%
 Private Security Authority  11  2  9  18%  82%
 Private Security Appeals Board  6  2  4  33%  67%
 Property Registration Authority  11  5  6  45%  55%
 Property Services Appeal Board  5 2 3  40%  60%
 Property Services Regulatory Authority  11  6  5  55%  45%
 Valuation Tribunal  25  9  16  36%  64%
* Vacancies currently exist on the Boards of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Legal Aid Board and are currently being addressed. Therefore the numbers indicated above are those based on the last full composition for those boards.
Existing members of the Censorship of Publications Board were re-appointed for a second term in February 2017. As the Board has a minimal workload and no appeals have been received since the terms of appointment of the last Censorship of Publication Appeals Board expired, it is not proposed to conduct a State Boards recruitment and selection process to appoint members to the Appeals Board at this time. Question No. 131 answered with Question No. 119.