334. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the supports available to help single and separated fathers access legal aid; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40482/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, the Legal Aid Board is responsible for the provision of civil legal aid in the State. The Board provides equal access to legal aid/advice to all applicants, irrespective of their personal circumstances, provided that the provisions of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995, and regulations made thereunder are complied with. Information on the Board's services can be accessed on its website at