Irish Govt reveals e-government strategy up to 2015

12 Apr 2012

Leinster House in Dublin

The Irish Government has revealed a new e-government strategy that contains 44 actions across eight priority areas. Projects include an online passport service, a national spatial data information system and a national rollout of across all local authorities.

A 45th action sets out governance arrangements to ensure that progress is appropriately monitored.

The strategy, launched today by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, TD, is aligned closely with the Public Service Reform Plan.

A Public CIO Council has been formed and will be chaired by Howlin’s department.

“The Government recognises the need for public services to be delivered faster, better and more efficiently to citizens and businesses. Intelligent, targeted use of information and communications technology (ICT) and e-government are key enablers for these improvements,” Howlin said.

“The new strategy places citizens and businesses at the centre of e-government.”

“This strategy challenges public bodies to build on successes to date and to continue developing new services that meet the needs of citizens and businesses. It contains implementation and governance requirements that have been approved by Government and must be adhered to by public bodies.”

Ireland’s e-government projects

By the end of 2013, a series of projects will be assessed to see if they are suitable for electronic delivery and where appropriate will be implemented.

The projects being looked at include:

  • Renewal of adult passports
  • National rollout of across all local authorities
  • Planning applications and objections
  • DevPlanGIS (national spatial data information system)
  • Partial application for driver licences
  • Welfare benefit and entitlement applications
  • Incorporation of companies
  • Relevant contracts tax
  • Manifest system for trade facilitation
  • Business reporting XBRL for corporation tax
  • Land registry services for individuals

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