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105. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons waiting on civil legal aid by geographical area. [44431/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that the Legal Aid Board is independent in the exercise of its functions, in accordance with Section 3 (3) of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1994. As a result, I am not responsible or accountable to the Dáil for the manner in which the Board carries out its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I can inform her that the information sought is published monthly by the Legal Aid Board on its website. The data for October 2015 can be accessed via the following link.
http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/650f3eec0dfb990fca25692100069854/6b3224ddb74a480e80257f09005569d8/$FILE/October%202015.pdf