103. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide details on the number of senior civil servants who retired since 2011 in her Department and who have been appointed to a State board under her aegis following retirement; if she will provide in tabular form the names of these persons, the boards to which they were appointed and the appointment process followed in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9953/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am interpreting the Deputy’s question in a broad manner so as to provide the information which I believe she is seeking. The term 'State Boards' is somewhat imprecise as it includes bodies with a wide and diverse range of functions many of which would not fall into the more commonly understood definition of Board which is a body with a governance oversight of an organisation. To be of assistance to the Deputy I have interpreted her question as embracing all bodies called Boards, irrespective of their functions, as well as other bodies with a governance remit whose title does not include the term “Board”. In addition, the Deputy should note that I have interpreted "senior civil servants" to refer to those at Principal Officer grade (or equivalent grade) or higher on retirement.
I wish to inform the Deputy that one retired senior civil servant has been appointed to a State Board under the aegis of my Department during the period to which she refers. Mr Willie Connolly, a retired prison governor, was appointed to serve on the Parole Board on 17 July 2012.