Response to submissions on proposed actions

This table outlines how input received during the first stage of the consultation is reflected in the Draft second National Action Plan. For further information please consult the Minister’s Foreword to Draft National Action Plan 2016-2018 and the Note on the Co-Creation Process.

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No.Proposed ActionsReflected in commitmentResponseAbbrvOGP valuesSubmissionsSubmissions IDKilkenny ForumDublin Forum
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.1Introduce an online central register of 'beneficial ownership' data which is comprehensive, publicly available, and searchable at zero or minimal cost.15The Department of Finance are examining the possibility of making the Register publicly available.[reg-beneficial-ownership]AccountabilityTASCdublin [reg-beneficial-ownership]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.115
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The Department of Finance are examining the possibility of making the Register publicly available.
[reg-beneficial-ownership]Transparency Internationaldublin [reg-beneficial-ownership]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.2Establish a specialist body such as an Anti-Corruption Commission to prevent and investigate corruption.The Government's current legislative programme does not allow this to be committed to in the National Action Plan for 2016-2018[anti-corruption-commiss]AccountabilityTransparency Internationalkilkenny [anti-corruption-commiss]dublin [anti-corruption-commiss]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.3Introduce a centralised online database of financial interest declarations by public representatives and office holders, as well as local authority members and officials.The work programme in the Government Reform area of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is such that this could not be committed to within the timeframe of the Action Plan. Commitment 14 reflects the work in this area.[financial-interest-declar]AccountabilityTransparency Internationaldublin [financial-interest-declar]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.4Significantly increase ring-fenced financial resources to allow for the effective mitigation of corruption risks, as well as the detection and investigation of corruption in Ireland.[anti-corrupt-resources]AccountabilityTransparency Internationaldublin [anti-corrupt-resources]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.5Reinstate and strengthen the Public Sector Standards Bill 2015. Recommendations on concrete actions are outlined here14The progression of the Public Sector Standards Bill through the Oireachtas is already ongoing. This submission will be considered in making proposals to the Minister for consideration by the Government as committee stage amendments.[public-sector-stds-bill]AccountabilityTASCdublin [public-sector-stds-bill]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.514
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The progression of the Public Sector Standards Bill through the Oireachtas is already ongoing. This submission will be considered in making proposals to the Minister for consideration by the Government as committee stage amendments.
[public-sector-stds-bill]Transparency International
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.6Re-introduce the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012, the draft of which lapsed before the General Election.Drafting is continuing on this Bill within the Department of Justice and Equality.[criminal-justice-bill]AccountabilityTransparency International
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.7Implement sanctions (including 'naming and shaming') for breaches of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.The focus of the Registrar in the initial period of the operation of the legislation is on guidance and information. It is intended that provisions regarding the Registrar’s powers of sanction will not be commenced until a review of the implementation of the legislation has been carried out.[sanctions-breach-Lobbyact]AccountabilityTransparency Internationaldublin [sanctions-breach-Lobbyact]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.8Introduce obligation on bidders on public contracts and buyers of state assets over a certain value to have anti-corruption controls in place and to make details of their beneficial ownership available to the contracting authority.8, 15[public-contracts-transparency]AccountabilityTransparency Internationaldublin [public-contracts-transparency]
1Prevent and challenge corruption1.9Introduce longer cooling off periods (3 years) for retiring officials of NAMA, the central bank and other agencies where they have access to information /influence that could be of value to a private sector agent.The work programme in the Government Reform area of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is such that this could not be committed to within the timeframe of the Action Plan. Commitment 14 reflects the work in this area.[cooling-off-valuable-info]AccountabilityTransparency Internationaldublin [cooling-off-valuable-info]
2Protection of and support for Whistleblowers2.1Commit to promote and strengthen the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.This commitment was made as part of the National Action Plan 2014-2016 and is a core part of the ongoing work of the Government Reform area of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.[protected-disclos-act]AccountabilityTransparency International
2Protection of and support for Whistleblowers2.2Improve anti-corruption measures by introducing financial incentives for whistleblowers.The focus of the Registrar in the initial period of the operation of the legislation is on guidance and information. This proposal may be considered after a review of the implementation of the legislation has been carried out.[financial-incent-whistleblow]AccountabilityElaine Byrne
2Protection of and support for Whistleblowers2.2
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The focus of the Registrar in the initial period of the operation of the legislation is on guidance and information. This proposal may be considered after a review of the implementation of the legislation has been carried out.
[financial-incent-whistleblow]Donal O'Brolchan
3Strengthen Oversight & Accountability3.1Provide constitutional status to the Office of the Ombudsman to safeguard its independence (and give the role the same status as, for example, the Comptroller and Auditor General)The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not facilitate a commitment to further referendums.[constitutional-ombudsman]AccountabilityDanielle Martin - The Wheel
3Strengthen Oversight & Accountability3.2Ensure accountability to future generations by examining the issue of protecting ownership of Ireland’s national resources in the Constitution.Environmental issues and the ownership of Irish Water are the subject of deliberation in other fora, including the Dail. It is beyond the scope of an Open Government Partnership National Action Plan to pre-empt or short circuit that deliberation.[constitution-natur-resources]AccountabilityEmer O'Siochru
3Strengthen Oversight & Accountability3.3Introduce a Corporate governance standard for local authorities that is independently monitored.The Local Government Reform Act 2014 introduced significant changes to local government. These changes included changes in the area of audit and oversight and the Act provided for the establishment of a National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) for the sector. The NOAC was set up to provide independent scrutiny of local government performance in fulfilling national, regional and local mandates, including performance in respect of its financial resources. The establishment of NOAC is part of the reform process provided for in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 and is a significant development in public accountability at local government level.[LA-gov-standard]Accountabilitykilkenny [LA-gov-standard]
3Strengthen Oversight & Accountability3.4Expand the powers of the PAC to audit/look at what happens at local authority levelThe Local Government Reform Act 2014 introduced significant changes to local government. These changes included changes in the area of audit and oversight and the Act provided for the establishment of a National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) for the sector. The NOAC was set up to provide independent scrutiny of local government performance in fulfilling national, regional and local mandates, including performance in respect of its financial resources. The establishment of NOAC is part of the reform process provided for in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 and is a significant development in public accountability at local government level.[expand-PAC-to-LA]Accountabilitykilkenny [expand-PAC-to-LA]
4Enable full transparency on how legislation is developed4.1Develop a legislative footprint tool that takes the form of an online annex to each piece of legislation, detailing in one place who has influenced it, how and when, and providing links to relevant materials.4Best practice in this area will be shared. The development of the Consultation Portal may provide for the development of similar functionality.[legislative-footprint]Transparency, AccountabilityTASCdublin [legislative-footprint]
4Enable full transparency on how legislation is developed4.14
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Best practice in this area will be shared. The development of the Consultation Portal may provide for the development of similar functionality.
[legislative-footprint]Michael Connollydublin [legislative-footprint]
4Enable full transparency on how legislation is developed4.2Impose a legal duty to create records by public servants so that a full account of decisions can be effectively scrutinised by the Oireachtas, Commissions of Inquiry and other agencies.10The project described in Commitment 10 will give direction to public bodies in this regard.[duty-create-records]Transparency, AccountabilityTASCkilkenny [duty-create-records]dublin [duty-create-records]
4Enable full transparency on how legislation is developed4.210
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The project described in Commitment 10 will give direction to public bodies in this regard.
[duty-create-records]Transparency International
5Strengthen Freedom of Information5.1Make a public, web-based index of significant documents in government departments and other public bodies publicly available.10This information is already available upon request under Freedom of Information legislation. The likely number of users of such an index would not justify the cost of establishing and operating it.[index-significant-docs]TransparencyJohn Rodendublin [index-significant-docs]
5Strengthen Freedom of Information5.2Amend Section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. To include a provision to make available for public inspection all commercially sensitive information after a specified period of time.This information is already available upon request under Freedom of Information legislation, once the information ceases to be commercially sensitive.[foi-commercial-info]TransparencyElaine Byrne
5Strengthen Freedom of Information5.3Freedom of Information - change law or regulation to ‘Open by default’.All documents are available or 'open by default' under Freedom of Information unless there are reasons to withhold that information under the Act.[foi-open-by-default]TransparencyFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelandkilkenny [foi-open-by-default]
5Strengthen Freedom of Information5.3
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All documents are available or 'open by default' under Freedom of Information unless there are reasons to withhold that information under the Act.
[foi-open-by-default]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [foi-open-by-default]
6Increase transparency & effectiveness of public budget spending6.1Make the allocations, spending and work output produced by public funds publicly available, for example in the health service.9[open-public-spend-data]TransparencySamuel McConkeykilkenny [open-public-spend-data]
6Increase transparency & effectiveness of public budget spending6.2Implement an Common Goals & Results structure in the public service to instill a culture of ownership & accountability.This already exists.[common-goals-results]TransparencyLiam O'Connorkilkenny [common-goals-results]
6Increase transparency & effectiveness of public budget spending6.3Define and cost the implementation of a user information map for each government area. For example, a centralized record system for health where an individual’s medical time-line can be viewed in one portal.6[citizen-record-system]Technology & InnovationLiam O'Connordublin [citizen-record-system]
7Build capacity on the creation and use of Open Data7.1Ensure that agreed standards are met in terms of data quality, usability & accessibility through training & awareness raising with end users and publishers of Open Data.11[training-data-quality]Access to informationNiall Ó Brolcháinkilkenny [training-data-quality]dublin [training-data-quality]
7Build capacity on the creation and use of Open Data7.2Establish a standard data publishing format for data published by the government, public service, companies completing procured work with public funding, and data published on data.gov.ie11[std-data-publish-format]Access to informationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelandkilkenny [std-data-publish-format]
8Open New Datasets8.1Open Central Registration Office data open and make accessible without a fee.The funding model of the CRO did not allow this commitment to be made.[open-cro-data]Access to informationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelanddublin [open-cro-data]
8Open New Datasets8.2Make Charity Regulator Data and charity data collected by publicly funded Benefacts Open and freeCharity Regulator Data, charity data and data on thousands of other nonprofits collected by Benefacts is already freely available on data.gov.ie - https://data.gov.ie/data/search?q=benefacts - under a creative commons licence and available in machine readable formats.

Benefacts is a non-governmental organisation and is the compiler, not the originator of this dataset, therefore is not in a position to commit that the data will always be publicly available, in any format. Benefacts is part funded by the Government until the end of 2017. In assessing any further funding requirements, the Government will prioritise making as many data sets as open as possible.
[open-charity-data]Access to informationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelanddublin [open-charity-data]
8Open New Datasets8.3Publish at least 4 priority datasets as indicated by G8 open data charter in open format.11[open-4priority-data]Access to informationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelanddublin [open-4priority-data]
8Open New Datasets8.4Publish postcodes as open and freely available data on data.gov.ieThe Postcode Management License Holder contract did not allow this commitment to be made.[publish-postcodes]Access to informationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelanddublin [publish-postcodes]
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.1Recognize Irish Sign Language as an official language in Ireland4, 5The new Disability Inclusion Strategy contains a specific action to create a statutory right for a person to receive free Irish Sign Language interpretation services when availing of statutory services. This will hopefully achieve the same outcomes as the recognition of Irish Sign Language and be a practical and meaningful response to meeting the needs of users of Irish Sign Language. The implementation of Commitment 5: Enhance Customer Engagement and the Implementation and Review Forum will be used to get feedback on the impact of the Disability Inclusion Strategy.[irish-sign-lang]Public participationEddie Redmond - Irish Deaf Society
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.14, 5
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The new Disability Inclusion Strategy contains a specific action to create a statutory right for a person to receive free Irish Sign Language interpretation services when availing of statutory services. This will hopefully achieve the same outcomes as the recognition of Irish Sign Language and be a practical and meaningful response to meeting the needs of users of Irish Sign Language. The implementation of Commitment 5: Enhance Customer Engagement and the Implementation and Review Forum will be used to get feedback on the impact of the Disability Inclusion Strategy.
[irish-sign-lang]Meredith Raley
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.2Implement the Decision-making (Capacity) Act 2015 in order to achieve better participation by people with disabilities and to maximise their social inclusion and citizenship3[decision-making-act]Public participationGeralyn McGarrydublin [decision-making-act]
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.23[decision-making-act]Related: Meredith Raleydublin [decision-making-act]
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.3Implement a policy to ensure offline options for citizens to participate in decision-making or avail of public or essential services.4,5,6[online-only-excludes]Public participationPatrick McLoughlindublin [online-only-excludes]
9Address barriers to the inclusion of all citizens.9.34,5,6[online-only-excludes]Naomi Feeley - Age Actiondublin [online-only-excludes]
10Increase citizens’ power in setting the agenda10.1Constitutional Convention to deliberate proposals and make recommendations for the procedures and powers of citizen initiatives in Ireland.The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not lead to further referendums.[citizen-initiatives]Public participationDonal O'Brolchankilkenny [citizen-initiatives]dublin [citizen-initiatives]
10Increase citizens’ power in setting the agenda10.1
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The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not lead to further referendums.
[citizen-initiatives]Maurice O'Connorkilkenny [citizen-initiatives]dublin [citizen-initiatives]
10Increase citizens’ power in setting the agenda10.1
See note
The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not lead to further referendums.
[citizen-initiatives]Oliver Moran - Green Partykilkenny [citizen-initiatives]dublin [citizen-initiatives]
10Increase citizens’ power in setting the agenda10.1
See note
The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not lead to further referendums.
[citizen-initiatives]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [citizen-initiatives]dublin [citizen-initiatives]
10Increase citizens’ power in setting the agenda10.1
See note
The Programme for A Partnership Government proposes that a number of referendums be held, these include referendums on Article 41.2.1 of the constitution regarding a “woman’s life within the home”; the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy; Ireland’s participation in the Universal Patent Court; and giving the Office of the Ceann Comhairle constitutional standing. In that context, the timeframe of the National Action Plan, to June 2018, would not lead to further referendums.
[citizen-initiatives]Liam O'Connorkilkenny [citizen-initiatives]dublin [citizen-initiatives]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.1Create an infrastructure to support engagement and best quality consultation by implementing an independent Citizen Engagement Organisation.4The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.[Citizen-engagement-org]Public participationAnn Colgankilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
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The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Community Work Irelandkilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Meredith Raleykilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Chris McInerney & Cian Finnkilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Michael Callaghankilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Eddie O'Connorkilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Geralyn McGarrykilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Theresa Carterkilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.14
See note
The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[Citizen-engagement-org]Related: Patrick McLoughlin CVQ-103kilkenny [Citizen-engagement-org]dublin [Citizen-engagement-org]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.2Implement an office of Public Interest Planning Advocate ("PIPA”) under the aegis of the Office of the Ombudsman.This suggested action relates to a very specific area of public policy that was already the subject of a public consultation exercise in 2014. This policy area is dealt with by the Planning Policy Section, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.[office-pipa]Public participationDavid Rousekilkenny [office-pipa]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.3Review PPN needs and implement measures to address these needs including a support structure for PPNs to co-ordinate, support and share resources and experience.2[ppn-support-structures]Public participationHelen Howeskilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Jamie Moorekilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Theresa Carterkilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Monaghan PPNkilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Tehmina Kazikilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Sarah Clancy - Clare PPNkilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.32[ppn-support-structures]Galway City Community Networkkilkenny [ppn-support-structures]dublin [ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.4Appoint Climate & Energy Transition Coordinators in every Public Participation Network (PPN).2[ppn-support-structures]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.5Establish mechanism and funding to support an independent OGP civil society initiative in Ireland.The suggested action does not provide a basis on which to identify such a body. The Open Government Partnership's "Independent Reporting Mechanism: Ireland Progress Report 2014-2015" sets out some of the difficulties o pages 17 and 18. The Implementation Review Forum will be able to assist D/Per staff in providing progress reports in open data formats, as requested.[OGP-org]Public participationFlora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Ireland
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.6Set up an Independent Electoral Commission that operates independently of departmental government and have policy-setting powers within the limits of legislation and the constitution.The Electoral Commission Bill is on the Government's legislative programme and has already been the subject of extensive consultation by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, which considered this submission, made to it in 2015.[electoral-commission]Public participationOliver Moran - Green Party
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.7Establish a Dail committee to take special responsibility for monitoring and improving citizen engagement and oversight of the Oireachtas.This suggested action would need to be considered by the Dail before it could be included in a draft National Action Plan. It was therefore outside the scope of the process for creating the National Action Plan 2016-2018.[Dail-committee-citizen-engage]Public participationOliver Moran - Green Party
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.8Enact regulations on the care of the urban commons as demonstrated in other European countries.10The extent of the demand for the legislative and other supports for local projects, as described in the submission, could be explored through the Public Participation Networks. It's not clear from the submission that such demand is at a scale that would justify a national intervention.[Regulate-care-urb-commons]Public participationMichael Callaghan
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.9Support and strengthen the role of the community and voluntary sector by implementing the approach set out in the 2000 White Paper, Supporting Voluntary ActivityThis is a distinct policy area of the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government. The detail of the submission relates to the Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA). It's not at a scale for inclusion in the National Action Plan 2016-2018.[white-paper-voluntary]Public participationTehmina Kazi
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.10Provide supports, programmes and people with specialist skills to address impediments to the work of the voluntary sector and assist with regulations, annual compliance and best practice check-up.2This is a distinct policy area of the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government. Some suggestions relate to PPNs.[support-impediments-voluntary]Public participationSarah Clancy - Clare PPNdublin [support-impediments-voluntary]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.102
See note
This is a distinct policy area of the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government. Some suggestions relate to PPNs.
[support-impediments-voluntary]Peter Dolandublin [support-impediments-voluntary]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.102
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This is a distinct policy area of the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government. Some suggestions relate to PPNs.
[support-impediments-voluntary]Related:
Damon Matthew Wise
dublin [support-impediments-voluntary]
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.11Establish an Energy forum in each local authority area to engage citizens on climate and energy transition issues.1, 2[local-energy-fora]Public participationTheresa Donohue
11Build enabling structures and drivers for effective citizen engagement11.12Increase resources and time for the OGP National Action Plan consultation process to achieve partnership, continuity and maximum opportunity for awareness and inclusive engagement.[ogp-consultation]Public participation
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.1Establish an awards scheme to reward individuals & institutions for outstanding commitment in the area of public participation. (Supported by a culture of a culture of openness and no-blame policy for honest efforts in citizen engagement)4[capacity-rewards-scheme]Public participationChris McInerney & Ciann Finn
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.2Develop a curriculum and build capacity of departmental and local authority staff on civic engagement. (Including training to support people with disabilities engage in decision making processes.)4, 5[public-sector-capacity-train]Public participationChris McInerney & Ciann Finnkilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]dublin [public-sector-capacity-train]
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.24, 5[public-sector-capacity-train]Sarah Clancy - Clare PPNkilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]dublin [public-sector-capacity-train]
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.24, 5[public-sector-capacity-train]Community Work Irelandkilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]dublin [public-sector-capacity-train]
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.24, 5[public-sector-capacity-train]Theresa Donohuekilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]dublin [public-sector-capacity-train]
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.24, 5[public-sector-capacity-train]Meredith Raleykilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]dublin [public-sector-capacity-train]
12Build capacity of the public sector personnel in citizen engagement12.3Establish Voluntary Activity / Civic Engagement Units in key government departments to support public participation processes4[dept-units-support-engagement]Public participationChris McInerney & Ciann Finnkilkenny [public-sector-capacity-train]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.1Implement a public body whose remit is to provide accessible information on key policy issues on an ongoing basis, as a way of educating the public, legitimising decisions and facilitating public engagement.4The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.[body-accessible-info]Access to information
Public participation
Ann Colgankilkenny [body-accessible-info]dublin [body-accessible-info]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.14
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The goal of improving Citizen Engagement will be pursued through the structures and initiatives outlined in Commitment 4: Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making.
[body-accessible-info]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [body-accessible-info]dublin [body-accessible-info]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.2Government departments and local authorities to develop communication policies to support citizen engagement (including and not limited to the work of PPNs and OGP.)4[gov-communication]Access to information
Public participation
Anneke Vrielingdublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Flora Fleischer - Open Knowledge Irelandkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Anneke's comment supported by Benedict Ryankilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Macy Listonkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Eoghan Joycekilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Helen Howeskilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Theresa Carterkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Monaghan Public Participation Networkkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Patrick Listonkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.24[gov-communication]Claire O'Riordain NALAkilkenny [gov-communication]dublin [gov-communication]
13Improve public communication & access to information for citizens13.3Share all data & information (e.g. proposed policy changes) in formats that as many people as possible can access and understand, with a particular focus on the needs of the disabled.4, 5[info-understood-by-all]Access to information
Public participation
Meredith Raleykilkenny [info-understood-by-all]dublin [info-understood-by-all]
14Educate young people for active citizenship14.1Educate young people in active citizenship and critical thinking through the school system, through the introduction of Politics, Sociology and Philosophy subjects.This was undertaken in the 2014-2016 National Action Plan under Action 2.5.2 – Maximise participation and understanding of young people in civic life. An update can be read here: https://consult.ogpireland.ie/en/consultation/ireland%E2%80%99s-open-government-partnership-national-action-plan-2014-2016-end-term-self-23[educate-young]Public participation
Access to information
Eoghan Joycekilkenny [educate-young]dublin [educate-young]
14Educate young people for active citizenship14.1
See note
This was undertaken in the 2014-2016 National Action Plan under Action 2.5.2 – Maximise participation and understanding of young people in civic life. An update can be read here: https://consult.ogpireland.ie/en/consultation/ireland%E2%80%99s-open-government-partnership-national-action-plan-2014-2016-end-term-self-23
[educate-young]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [educate-young]dublin [educate-young]
15Strengthen and protect the subsidiarity principle15.1Strengthen subsidiarity principle by giving local governments the power to tax.The Local Government Reform Act 2014 introduced significant changes to local government. The policy context for these suggested commitments puts them outside the scope of the National Action Plan 2016-2018.[subsidiarity-local-tax]Public participationDonal O'Brolchandublin [subsidiarity-local-tax]
15Strengthen and protect the subsidiarity principle15.2Identify mechanisms whereby more functions and responsibilities can be devolved to local governmentThe Local Government Reform Act 2014 introduced significant changes to local government. The policy context for these suggested commitments puts them outside the scope of the National Action Plan 2016-2018.[devolve-local-gov]Public participationDanielle Martin - The Wheel
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.1Establish a process and resources to support / trial innovations in citizen engagement, including the design of and/or pilot of new models that have worked elsewhere such as participatory budgeting, local citizen assemblies and other innovations.2, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Technology & Innovation
Public Participation
The following submissions suggest a range of ideas to solve a problem affecting public participation, or the roll-out of current models/innovations.kilkenny [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Ann O'Brienkilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Peter Emerson - De Borda Institutekilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Oliver Moran - Green Partykilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Louise Lesovitch - Comhairle na nOgkilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Eoghan Joycekilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Geralyn McGarrykilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Sarah Clancy - Clare PPNkilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Margaret Listonkilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Danielle Martin - The Wheelkilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.12, 4, 5, 7[engagement-innovations]Cian Devanekilkenny [engagement-innovations]dublin [engagement-innovations]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.2Implement a ‘Living Lab’ pilot on participation in the protection and development of the urban commons10The extent of the demand for the legislative and other supports for local projects, as described in the submission, could be explored through the Public Participation Networks. It's not clear from the submission that such demand is at a scale that would justify a national intervention.[living-lab]Technology & Innovation
Public participation
Michael Callaghandublin [living-lab]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.3Implement Participatory Budgeting in local authorities.7[participatory-budgeting]Technology & Innovation
Public Participation
Ann O'Brienkilkenny [participatory-budgeting]dublin [participatory-budgeting]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.37[participatory-budgeting]Patrick Listonkilkenny [participatory-budgeting]dublin [participatory-budgeting]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.37[participatory-budgeting]Chris McInerneykilkenny [participatory-budgeting]dublin [participatory-budgeting]
16Foster innovation in citizen engagement16.37[participatory-budgeting]Oliver Moran - Green Partykilkenny [participatory-budgeting]dublin [participatory-budgeting]
17General submissions
John Moran
kilkenny [general]dublin [general]
17General submissionsDermot Reillykilkenny [general]dublin [general]
17General submissionsDenis O'Brienkilkenny [general]dublin [general]
17General submissionsPat Davittkilkenny [general]dublin [general]

Comments (2)

  1. I think it’s great that this work has been captured in an organised manner that allows access to the underlying documents.
    No doubt no everyone will be pleased with specific suggestions not getting into the plan in the way they envisage,
    but having visibility / transparency of the process is to be commended.

    Can I suggest that this document and all it’s linked are preserved online, even after the plan has been formally adopted and launched.

    This itself is a valuable participatory tool.

    In 12 months time it will be difficult to remember all the ideas, and who the contact points were.

    • Hi Liam,
      Thanks a lot for your positive feedback. It’s great you find it helpful. Yes, the aim is to preserve all of this information online.

      As you can see in the Archive link above, all information from the first National Action Plan is also saved and is fully accessible.