Introduction

The following text was contributed by the Government of Ireland. 

In May 2013 following approval by Government the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform submitted, on behalf of Ireland, a letter of intent as the first step in the process to participate in the OGP. 

Ireland became a full member of OGP in July 2014, with the submission by the Minister of Ireland’s first National Action Plan, reaffirming Ireland’s commitment to governmental transparency and reform. Recognising the critical importance of full participation of civil society interests in this process, proposals for inclusion in the action plan were discussed at three public meetings of a network of civil society and other interests held during the summer of 2013, followed by ongoing collaboration of representatives of civil society organisations and officials over a number of months. The National Action Plan was first published in draft format and opened for public comment during the OGP Europe Regional Meeting, which was hosted by the Minister in Dublin in May 2014.

Implementation of Ireland’s action plan is now underway. 

The action plan contains 26 commitments spanning three core areas:

·         Promoting Open Data and Transparency,

·         Building Citizen Participation and

·         Strengthening Governance and Accountability to rebuild public trust in Government.

The four key principles underlying the OGP – Transparency, Citizen Participation, Accountability and Technology & Innovation – are major themes of the Irish Government’s reform agenda as reflected by the progress in extending the scope and powers of the Ombudsman, putting in place a comprehensive legal framework for parliamentary inquiries, providing for comprehensive whistleblower protection and FOI reform legislation, and progress achieved in developing proposals for the regulation of lobbying.  OGP membership is expected to support the full delivery of these reforms and pave the way for agreement on the next wave of reform priorities.

Ireland's Letter of Intent to Join OGP: