Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Defence

Departmental Data

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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240. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of State boards under the remit of his 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. [49555/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The only State body under the aegis of my Department is the Army Pensions Board. The Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of 3 members, a chairman and two ordinary members.

The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non-military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Army Medical Corps ordinary member is appointed by the Minister for Defence on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

One of the three members of the current Board is a woman, or 33.33% of its membership.

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