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96. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of his Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15712/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The following table outlines the number and percentage of women on each State Board under the aegis of my Department.  In circumstances where information in relation to the specified dates was not readily available figures for the end of the previous years have been provided.
On 8 March, the Government agreed to the recommendations of the Inter-Departmental Group on Gender Balance on State Boards, established by Government to identify ways to promote better gender balance on all State Boards. To give effect to these recommendations, my Department in consultation with relevant Departments is developing an implementation plan containing actions for implementation by all relevant public bodies. This will of course apply to relevant bodies under the aegis of my Department.

State Board Date Number of women Percentage of women
Censorship of Publications Appeal Board*

 
December 2015
 
December 2018
Board has had no members for the period   encompassed by the question  n/a
Censorship of Publications Board
 
December 2015
December 2018
3
 
3
60%
75%
Classification of Films Appeal Board
 
December 2015
December 2018
3
 
3
43%
43%
Courts Service Board
 
December 2015
December 2018
4
 
7
22.2%
38.9%
Garda Síochána Arbitration Board
 
8 March 2016
8 March 2019
0
 
0
0%
0%
Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission 8 March 2016
8 March 2019
1
2
33.3%
66.6%
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission December 2015
December 2018
8
8
53.33%
53.33%
Judicial Appointments Advisory Board December 2015
December 2018
4
3
44.9%
30%
Legal Aid Board
 
December 2015
December 2018
6
8
46.2%
61.5%
Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board 8 March 2016
8 March 2019
2
3
50%
75%
National Disability Authority December 2015
December 2018
7
8
53.85%
61.54%
Parole Board 8 March 2016
8 March 2019
2
2  
17%
17%
Policing Authority 8 March 2016
8 March 2019
5
5
55.56%
55.56%
Private Security Appeal Board 8 March 2016
8 March 2019
1
2
33%
40%
Private Security Authority December 2015
December 2018
6
2
54.5%
18%
Property Services Appeal Board December 2015
December 2018
2
2
33.3%
40%
Property Services Regulatory Authority December 2015
December 2018
5
6
45.5%
54.5%

*With regard to the Censorship of Publications Appeals Board, owing to the minimal workload of the Censorship of Publications Board, and the lack of Appeals, no selection or recruitment process has been undertaken for the Appeals Board for a number of years.