Dáil Éireann - Volume 476 - 12 March, 1997

Written Answers. - Free Legal Aid Centres.

71. Mr. Flood asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the current waiting list and waiting time for service at each Family Law Centre throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7050/97]

Minister for Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Taylor): Waiting lists and waiting times at each of the 30 full-time law centres as at 28 February 1997, for persons seeking the services of the Legal Aid Board, are set out in the following tabular statement. In six centres the waiting time was one month or less, in eight centres the time was between one and two months, in seven centres the time was between two and four months, in four centres the time was between four and six months, in two centres the time was between six and eight months, in two centres the time was [648] between eight and ten months, and in one of the new centres the time was in excess of ten months.

Waiting times are continually reviewed by the board, and where times, for whatever reason, become excessive the position is examined by the board with a view to taking remedial action.

Waiting Lists for 28 February 1997.

Law Centre

Number

Waiting Time

(in months)

28-2-97

28-2-97

Athlone

64

5.5

Castlebar

40

0.5

Cork Area

Pope's Quay

222

4

South Mall

200

6

Dublin Area

Ormond Quay

89

1

Gardiner St.

202

6

Mount St.

202

10

Finglas

79

1.5

Tallaght

150

3

Clondalkin

197

4

Blanchardstown

62

3

Cavan

13

0.5

Dundalk

52

2.5

Ennis

42

1.5

Galway

100

2

Kilkenny

17

0

Letterkenny

80

1.5

Limerick

50

1.5

Longford

28

1.5

Monaghan

17

1.5

Navan

0

0

Nenagh

41

3

Newbridge

94

16.5 (New Centre)

Portlaoise

87

7

Sligo

41

4.5

Tralee

58

1.5

Tullamore

90

9 (New Centre)

Waterford

24

0

Wexford

51

3

Wicklow

124

8