63 into 5 does go!
29th May 2017

400,000 citizens, every year, benefit from Ireland eGovernment Awards Overall Winner


Sign of the times

It’s a sign of the times that nearly 400,000 citizens of Ireland are vetted each year, be that for their jobs such as teaching or for their roles as coaches or mentors to younger people. Being vetted was taking up to nine weeks, or 63 days, as the paper trail, stamping, corroborations etc. meant documents being sent around in a very large circle.


It’s getting vetter

Just fifteen months ago the Garda Síochána implemented a radical eGovernment solution to this time and resource consuming problem. Their eVetting solution has seen the waiting time for vetting drop from those 63 days to just five working days…with the added bonus of so much Garda time and resources being saved. It’s a classic ‘win, win’ for both vetters and vettees!


‘A remarkable success’

The judging panel of the Ireland eGovernment Awards were unanimous in their choice of giving the Overall Winner Award to the Garda Síochána for their work on eVetting. ‘A remarkable success’ is how it was described by the chairman of the judges, Dr. Declan Tuite of DCU and the

the positive impact it has had already, both for the Garda authorities as well as for citizens made it the clear winner. The success of the project can also be measured by the numbers who have adopted it. 85% of registered organisations have already transitioned to eVetting in its first year. The total number of applications for vetting received for 2016 was 389,548. In the first quarter of 2017 96% of vetting applications were online.


Sixteen years of success

The Ireland eGovernment Awards, in association with eir and Cisco, are in their sixteenth year. Projects are submitted under various headings, including an award for the person deemed to be Ireland’s eGovernment Visionary. This year the independent judging panel unanimously chose Richard Corbridge CIO of the HSE as an outstanding winner.




The Ireland eGovernment Awards are co-hosted by the Public Sector Times and MarketFinder.

Further information can be found on https://www.egovawards.org/awards-info/




The individual category winners of the Ireland eGovernment Awards




DPER Open Data Portal


Health and Medical

HSE – Maternity and Newborn Clinical Information Systems


Agri and Food Science

Teagasc Enviromental Knowledge Transfer


Internet of Things

An Post ILAS


Conradh na Gaeilge, Peig.ie


Local Government

South Dublin Co. Co. In Context 4 website



Marketing and social media

Dublin Bus Social Media



Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Travel Wise.


Open Source

An Garda Siochana  eVetting


Promoting Ireland Overseas

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. – Irishgenealogy.ie


Universal design

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – Ihrec.ie



Dublin Bus #DB (Twitter customer service)


Net Visionary

Richard Corbridge, CIO HSE

by Maeve Kneafsey