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Press Release

Minister O'Donovan launches GovTech Report

Published: 29 November 2019
From: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The report sets out aspirations for GovTech for the next number of years and identifies measures that would show progress

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with Special Responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today (29 November, 2019) launched the report of Cruinniú GovTech Report. The report records the discussion and outputs of this gathering of representatives from across industry, academia, and the public service, which took place in June this year, on the topic of GovTech in Ireland.

The report records the discussions and outputs of Cruinniú GovTech 2019, which took place in June this year. It then sets out eight summary actions that would be required to turn the aspirations into realities.

Minister O’Donovan said:

“I am delighted to launch the GovTech report today. Cruinniú GovTech took place in June and was a great forum for exploring with a range of interested participants the opportunities that GovTech might bring to the Irish economy. I opened the event and participated in the discussions and was very impressed by the various contributions made.Together with my colleague, Minister Donohoe, I now plan to bring the report to Government and seek to progress the recommended actions it identifies. I would like to thank all the participants of Cruinniú GovTech 2019 for their contributions and also Tangent at Trinity College Dublin, which hosted the event.”


Notes for Editors:

The Future Jobs Ireland (FJI) 2019 annual report sets out core ambitions for each of the pillars within FJI. One of the ambitions of Pillar 1 – Embracing Innovation and Technological Change - is to “convene a major GovTech Summit to explore the opportunities that GovTech could bring to the Irish Economy and set out an Action Plan for moving forward.” This document is the report of Cruinniú GovTech Report, which took place in June.

In this report, the term GovTech is described as “applying emerging technologies (such as artificial intelligence, advanced sensing, blockchain, advanced data processing, etc.) to improve the delivery of public services through increasing efficiency and lowering costs.”

The contributors to the event are listed in Appendix 4 of the report.