Wednesday, 29 September 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
212. Mr. Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if mechanisms exist to ensure that interview boards established under the auspices of her Department and which comprise of two or more persons are gender balanced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22357/04]
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): It is the policy of my Department to make every effort to ensure the establishment of gender balanced interview boards for competitions run by my Department.
However on rare occasions the establishment of a gender balanced board has not always been possible due to official business commitments; or where a specific competition requires a level of expertise that is limited to very few officers; or resulting from annual leave arrangements.
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