Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Departmental Data

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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450. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of State boards under the remit of her Department or its agencies in tabular form; the number of members of each board; the number of women on each board; and the percentage of each board that is made up of women. [49564/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will appreciate, selection processes for appointments to State boards are now supported by the Public Appointments Service. The Deputy will be aware that the State boards process is designed to enable any person to apply for a position on a State board. My Department regularly advertises positions for appointment to State boards on www.stateboards.ie.

In making appointments to State boards, my Department and agencies under the remit of my Department, ensures compliance with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016), and pays particular attention to its recent Annex on Gender Balance, Diversity and Inclusion (2020), in addition to the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards (2015).

It is worth noting that many of the bodies in the justice sector were established on foot of primary legislation; where such legislation provides specific gender balance requirements, my Department ensures compliance. A number of boards have ex officio positions which may require to be held by particular office holders. I can assure the Deputy that I am personally committed to achieving full gender balance on boards across the justice sector.

The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the composition of board memberships of the bodies under the aegis of my Department is set out below in tabular format.

State Board/Body Number of members of the board Gender-breakdown of the board Gender-breakdown: %
Classification of Films Appeal Board 6 3 women3 men 50% women50% men
Censorship of Publications Board 4 3 women1 man 75% women25% men
Courts Service Board 18 11 women7 men 61% women 39% men
Garda Síochána Inspectorate 2 1 woman

1 man
50% women50% men
Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 3 2 women

1 man
67% women

33% men
International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) 53 26 women 27 men 49% women

51% men
Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) 10 5 women

5 men
50% women50% men
Legal Aid Board (LAB) 13 7 women

6 men
54% women46% men
Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) 9 5 women

4 men
55% women

45% men
Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board 4 3 women1 man 75% women25% men
Parole Board 13 6 women

7 men
46% women54% men
Policing Authority 9 4 women5 men 44% women

56% men
Private Security Authority (PSA) 11 2 women9 men 18% women82% men
Private Security Appeal Board (PSAB) 1 0 women1 man 0% women100% men
Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) 11 7 women4 men 64% women36% men
Property Services Appeal Board (PSAB) 4 2 women

2 men
50% women

50% male

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