Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (128)

Denis Naughten

Question:

128. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Taoiseach the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of his Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively. [16027/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I appoint members to two State Boards under the remit of my Department - the NESC and the National Statistics Board (NSB).

I have limited discretion in these appointments as in certain cases, per the relevant legislation, members are nominated by other bodies.

Of the appointments that I have made since I became Taoiseach and have had discretion over, three of the five were female (60%).

On 8 March 2016, when the NESC had 34 members, 11 were women and 23 were men. Overall, female representation on the NESC was at 32.4%.

On 8 March 2019, now the NESC has 28 members, 10 were women and 18 were men. Overall, female representation on the NESC was at 35.7%.

On 8 March 2016, the National Statistics Board consisted of three women, one of whom was the Chairperson, and five men. Overall, female representation on the NSB was at 37.5%.

On 8 March 2019, the National Statistics Board consisted of two women, one of whom is the Chairperson, and six men. Overall, female representation on the NSB was at 25%.

All appointments are made in line with the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards