The Government has indicated its approval for new measures to be introduced to promote gender equality on State Boards in Ireland.

A target of achieving a minimum of 40 per cent representation of both women and men on all Irish State Boards was set originally in 1993. In 2013, the data for female representation stood at 36.2 per cent overall. However, a number of State Departments fall below this average and there remains significant under-representation of both sexes on certain Boards. The new measures include the establishment of a talent bank by the Department of Justice and Equality to assist in the sourcing of suitably qualified female candidates for appointment to State Boards.