10th September 2019
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A new Met Eireann weather app, a Garda mobile phone enabled scanning of motor registration plates that is already yielding impressive results and the new MyGovID citizen ID system that allows one login for every service are just three of the shortlisted eGovernment projects for this year’s Ireland eGovernment Awards 2019, announced today (DATE).
Following a doubling of applications, 56 entries have been selected across 11 categories for the all-Ireland Awards sponsored by eir and Cisco.
After years of austerity-driven retrenchment there has been a recent burgeoning of new eGovernment projects, including a world-class online passport service, an ultra-low budget project making County Mayo ‘shovel-ready’ to receive broadband services, the live streaming of solstices at the 5,000 year old Newgrange UNESCO world heritage site in County Meath, to Irish language lessons accessed from 140 countries around the world.
Martin Wells, Managing Director at eir business, co-sponsors of the Ireland eGovernment Awards 2019, said, “This year, with over double the number of entries when compared with the previous Awards, the standard and variety has resulted in a world-class shortlist. Entries covered every aspect of life on the island, from protecting citizens from crime and floods to faster claims processing and keeping Ireland’s beaches clean. I don’t envy the judges selecting the winners.”
Matt Houlihan Director, Government and Corporate Affairs Cisco UK and Ireland, co-sponsors of the Awards, said, ‘Through our Country Digitisation Acceleration (CDA) programme that facilitates countries to grow GDP, create new jobs, and provide innovation and education across public and private sectors, we see many incredibly innovative digital projects and Cisco is particularly delighted to help give due recognition to the digital pioneers in the public sector, right across the island of Ireland. We say that our technology solves, creates, inspires, heals, and secures to help build bridges to what’s possible, and what we see from Awards entries is that there’s no limit to what people believe is digitally possible in government.”
About the Awards
The Ireland eGovernment Awards 2019 will take place at a gala lunch in City Hall, Dublin on September 11th, 2019. This is the 19th year of the Ireland eGovernment Awards, the only awards that give recognition to leaders in eGovernment across the wider public sector in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to Ireland, eir is spending close to €2.5 billion on investment over ten years to enhance its network. This is the largest investment programme of any provider in the country, which will provide even faster broadband and data services for consumers and businesses right across the country.
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by Maeve Kneafsey