Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Justice and Equality
486. 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 persons with a declared disability on each board; and the percentage of each board that is made up of persons with a declared disability. [62530/21]
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 the agencies under the remit of my Department ensure compliance with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016), and pay particular attention to its recent Annex on Gender Balance, Diversity and Inclusion (2020), in addition to the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards (2015).
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of State boards under the remit of my Department or its agencies and the number of members of each board is set out below in tabular format.
|State Board/Body||Number of members of the board|
|Classification of Films Appeal Board||6|
|Censorship of Publications Board||0|
|Courts Service Board||18|
|Garda Síochána Inspectorate||3|
|Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC)||2 Members and new Chair recommended for appointment|
|International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT)||51|
|Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB)||9|
|Legal Aid Board (LAB)||13|
|Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA)||10|
|Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board||4|
|Private Security Authority (PSA)||11 members to be appointed shortly|
|Private Security Appeal Board (PSAB)||1 (new members to be appointed in 2022)|
|Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA)||11|
|Property Services Appeal Board (PSAB)||4|
It is not possible to provide the Deputy with the number of persons with a declared disability on each board and the percentage of each board that is made up of persons with a declared disability, as this data is not retained. Disability declarations are ultimately voluntary declarations made confidentially.