Written answers

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Appointments to State Boards

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Independent)
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488. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the present gender balance of the total members of State boards under the aegis of his Department; if the ratio has changed significantly over the course of the present Government's term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36789/13]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Information in respect of gender balance on Boards of agencies under my Department’s aegis for the years 2007 to 2012 is set out in the table below:

End Year FigureTotal Board MembershipMen*Women*% Women
2007 272 167 96 37
2008 281 174 101 37
2009 241 149 84 36
2010 259 152 90 37
2011 278 172 91 35
2012 158 98 49 33

* Total numbers of male and female Board members do not take account of vacancies arising on some Boards.

Under the Department’s agency rationalisation programme, 21 agencies have been reduced to 10 through a series of measures , with a consequent reduction in Board membership from 281 in 2011 to 158 at the end of 2012, representing a decrease of 123 or 43%. I anticipate that this will be further reduced when agency numbers fall to eight bodies , with the Government decision to wind up t he operations of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) by the end of 2013 and with the merging of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland by mid-2014.

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