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Thursday, December 06, 2012

OGP-Irish seat readied, still room for Australia

Ireland's Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform yesterday
 "I intend to bring proposals to Government shortly for Ireland to participate in the global Open Government Partnership, reinforcing our commitment to progress in this area."
From the linked paper, Ireland and the OGP: 
There is strong evidence that the Open Government agenda, comprising measures to secure greater openness, integrity, transparency and accountability of public administration by strengthening public governance, and the effectiveness of the state institutions, is an important determinant of an economy’s sustainable long‐term growth potential.........
OGP membership would support the further development of a planned, structured and systematic approach to key Government reform priorities. 
Successful participation will require public bodies to work in concert with one another to help deliver the full potential of the membership. 
The requirements of OGP participation will be delivered within existing resources and would be expected to build initially on what the public sector is already committed to achieving under the Programme for Government consistent with the main themes of OGP
Ireland’s participation in the Open Government Partnership would be expected to provide an international dimension to many existing national efforts in openness and reform, and has a clear potential to contribute to Ireland’s economic recovery.
Thanks Andrew.


  1. Anonymous10:30 am

    Hard to give credence to the above when in fact Ireland's transparency rating has fallen by 11 places over the past two years (since current government took power) due to the lack of holding people to account when found guilty of corruption.

    Ireland corruption ranking slips - The Irish Times - Wed, Dec 05, 2012

  2. Thanks. The statement and supporting paper suggests the Government sees the OGP as all about Open Data and that Open Data is all about commercial recovery. The requirement for a National Action Plan, the need to engage civil society in its preparation and hopefully a truly Independent Review Mechanism might give you and others concerned about the fundamental Open Government issues some encouragement