91. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons on the waiting list for legal aid; the waiting time for each law centre in the country for persons awaiting legal services pursuant to legal aid; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10751/15]##


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to advise the Deputy 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. Furthermore, as Minister for Justice and Equality, I am not responsible or accountable to the Dáil for the matter referred to in the Deputy's question.
However, in order to be of assistance I would like to inform the Deputy that the information sought for January 2015 (the most recent month for which information is available) is published on the Legal Aid Board's website and can be accessed via the link below.$FILE/January%202015.pdf