Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 05 March, 1997

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

[1787] 102. Mr. O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the number and names of persons appointed to boards, committees, commissions or subcommittees under the aegis of his Department; the remuneration attached to each position; the expenses incurred by each member including travel and subsistence to date for every member of each relevant body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6304/97]

Minister for Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Taylor): Information in respect of people appointed to membership of boards, committees, commissions or subcommittees operating under the aegis of my Department, during the term of the present Government, is as follows:

Legal Aid Board

In May 1995 I appointed 13 persons to the Legal Aid Board in accordance with the terms of the non-statutory scheme of civil legal aid and advice. I appointed the same 13 people to the Legal Aid Board on 11 October, 1996, in accordance with the terms of the Civil Legal Aid Act, 1995.

The 13 serving members of the Legal Aid Board are as follows:

Ms Clare Connellan,

(Chairperson)

Mr. Patrick Kennedy

Mr. Dan McCarthy

Ms Anne Watkin

Mr. Robert Browne

Ms Lousie Crivon

Mr. Paddy Howard

Ms Mary Maher

Mr. Dermot Condon

Ms Bernadette Owens

Mr. Frank Murphy

Ms Aine Elliott

Ms Nessa McMahon

The gross annual remuneration for individual board members is £2,400, with the exception of the chairperson, whose gross remuneration is £4,000 per annum.

Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities

I appointed Ms Paula Lyons and Mr. John Collins to the Commission during the term of the present Government. All other members were appointed at earlier dates.

No remuneration is involved

Ad-hoc Steering Group

On 6 April 1995, I announced the appointment of the ad-hoc steering group to facilitate the establishment of an interim Council for the Status of People with Disabilities. The nine members were as follows:

Ms Claire Brennan

Mr. Eugene Callan

Mr. Tony Darmody

Mr. Michael Fox

Mr. Colm O'Doherty

Ms Mary O'Mahony

Ms Rachel Pollard

Ms Mary Rafferty

Mr. Frank Tracey

No remuneration is involved.

Irish National Co-ordinating Committee for European Year against Racism, 1997

The Irish National Co-ordinating Committee for European Year against Racism, 1997 has a membership of 26 as follows:

[1788]Anastasia Crickley

John Hurley

Deepak Inamdar

Gearóid MacNamara

Thomas McCann

Fintan Farrell

Brian O'Flanagan

Nadette Foley

Brid O'Brien

Wendy Cox

John O'Connell

Conal Ó Caoimh

Marian Tannam

Gary Quinn

Martin Collins

John O'Neill

Niall Crowley

Deirdre Morrissey

Patrick Yu

Liam Berney

Tadhg O'Leary

Paul Murray

Shahzad Quidwai

John Kelleher

Ailbhe Smyth

Garry Tobin

The committee forms smaller working groups for some purposes.

No remuneration is involved.

Monitoring Committee on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Second Commission on the Status of Women

All of the members were appointed prior to December 1994.

No remuneration is involved.

National Co-ordinating Committee for the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women

All of the members were appointed prior to December 1994.

No remuneration is involved.

Employment Equality Agency

All of the members were appointed to the board of the Employment Equality Agency prior to December 1994.

Apart from a payment of £3,000 per annum to the chair of the board, no remuneration is paid to members.

Task Force on the Travelling Community

The names of those appointed to the Task Force on the Travelling Community during the term of the present Government are as outlined hereunder:

Mr. Matthew Ryan

Councillor Seamus Rodgers

Senator Mary Kelly received honoraria to the value of £1,500 in respect of her role as chairperson to the Task Force.

It is not possible in the time available to complete the information requested in relation to expenses, including travelling and subsistence but I will arrange for these details to be forwarded to the Deputy in due course.