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Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 487.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women and men in each one; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17559/12]

[908]Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Boards under the aegis of my Department are the Civil Defence Board, the Board of Coiste an Asgard and the Army Pensions Board. There have been no appointments to the Board of Coiste an Asgard since 2009. In the context of settling the Estimates for the Department of Defence for 2010, the Government decided that the national sail training scheme operated by Coiste an Asgard would be discontinued as recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure. There are 9 members remaining on the Board, which will be dissolved shortly.

Legislation is currently being drafted to dissolve the Civil Defence Board and transfer the functions of the Board back into the Department of Defence. I appointed the current Board as an interim measure from 11 July 2011. The breakdown by gender of appointments since February 2011 is 8 male and 6 female Board members.

The Army Pensions Board comprises 3 members: a chairman, a civilian medical doctor and an officer of the Army Medical Corps. There has been one appointment to the Army Pensions Board since February 2011. A male officer was appointed to the position of Army Medical Corps member of the Board in December 2011. The current status of these Boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women and men in each one is set out as follows:

Name of Board Percentage Participation of Men Percentage Participation of Women
Civil Defence Board 57% 43%
Army Pensions Board 100% 0%
Board of Coiste an Asgard 78% 22%


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