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Appointments to State Boards

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 11 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Ceisteanna (459)

Peadar Tóibín

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459. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the board membership by gender of the national cultural institutions, the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and Culture Ireland; her plans to address gender imbalance within these bodies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18013/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Arts)

In accordance with the government's 2014 Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards, I am pleased to say that I have achieved the gender ratio target on the Boards of the Arts Council, the National Concert Hall, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Crawford Art Gallery.

The Public Appointments Service operates a dedicated website, www.stateboards.ie, through which it advertises vacancies on State Boards. A breakdown by gender of membership of boards under the aegis of my Department is publicly available on the website at the following link: Boards under Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It should be noted that Culture Ireland is a section of the Arts Division of my Department, and, as such, does not have a Board.

Following public advertisements, and rigorous assessment of candidates in cooperation with the Public Appointments Service, I have made appointments to the Boards of the National Concert Hall, the National Library of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Crawford Gallery and the Arts Council. I have announced appointments to the Irish Film Board and these are pending. The gender ratio of each of the Boards was given due regard when I made appointments, and I will continue to actively seek to meet the government's target of at least 40% for representation of each gender on all State Boards, within the constraints of available applicants and of statutory requirements for appointments to each Board.

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