Major digital sector report planned for Government

24 Jun 2008

The Digital Futures Group and Digital Competitiveness Stakeholders’ Consultation, chaired by Microsoft Ireland’s managing director Paul Rellis, is currently compiling a report that will synthesise the views of current stakeholders.

The report is being compiled under the auspices of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).

Johnny Ryan, a senior researcher with the IIEA, explained to that the aim of the report is to lay the foundation for new thinking on a uniquely Irish model of a digital sector which the rest of the world will want to emulate, similar to the Celtic tiger of the Nineties.

Ryan explained he is looking for feedback on five key questions from a broad range of people involved in Ireland’s emerging digital sector.

These include regulators, start-ups, subsections of the financial services arena, digital media content providers, games development companies, media and culture providers, finance and capital providers and foreign development initiatives.

Ryan said he is envisaging over 500 replies that will be included in a 36-page digital sector report to be submitted to the Irish Government in the autumn.

The five questions are:

  1. What are the current policy (or other) opportunities and challenges that Ireland faces in the digital sector?
  2. Which emerging trends are potentially dominant in the digital sector?
  3. In which niches can Ireland become a world leader?
  4. What is the most important strategic investment of relevance to the digital sector that Ireland could make at this point to enhance its competitiveness in the next 10 years?
  5. What are the next three steps Government should take?

All answers should be submitted by email to

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years