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Digital Government Dublin 2022

This annual event provides a valuable opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to gain insight into the government’s objectives for digital transformation and hear directly from those responsible for driving this forward. Taking place as a fully in person event, reconnect and network with your peers and colleagues, key senior policy makers and decision takers. The conference also features a sold out exhibition zone featuring some of Ireland’s leading expert solution providers.

As part of the national Covid-19 response, the move towards digital public services gathered pace to ensure they could deliver for citizens. Looking forward, any transformation agenda should continue to meet this increased demand and growing expectations of the public, delivering more personalised and responsive user experiences. For many organisations this will mean moving from a tactical pandemic response to a permanent delivery model and refocusing IT and digital strategies to drive the post Covid recovery. Connecting Government 2030 was launched in March, a comprehensive digital and ICT strategy for Ireland’s public services. The strategy aims to build on the strong foundations laid in the last few years and accelerate progress for the future, creating world-leading digital government services.

With many public sector workers adopting a formal hybrid approach, dependence on digital technology has never been greater with a growing need to enhance digital skills and build organisations’ digital capability. While remote working can offer great benefits, it also exposes new cyber risks that need to be managed.

The need to continually drive forward digital inclusion is also a critical issue – while the pandemic caused a surge in digital interaction with public services, it also exacerbated the digital divide for those who remain offline. The ability to deliver services in an equitable, inclusive and sustainable manner is a key element of Connecting Government 2030.

This conference will feature a range of expert speakers who will talk about their digital transformation journey and look ahead to what’s next as we look to a new work future and collaborate to build future-proof organisations.

Conference themes Key themes covered:

  1. Designing public services for the digital age – Digital by Default;
  2. New ways of working;
  3. Building resilient organisations – digital security by design;
  4. Transforming public services cloud-first;
  5. Co-creating government services;
  6. The hybrid workforce;
  7. Connecting citizens – ensuring equitable and inclusive access;
  8. Strengthening digital skills;
  9. Emerging technologies, 5G and IoT;
  10. HealthTech to disrupt health and social care;
  11. The Future of Work and AI;
  12. Identifying cyber threats for public sector organisations;
  13. Improving the user experience;
  14. Smarter government, driven by digital;
  15. Best practice case studies in digital delivery from outside Ireland.


Programme Conference programme

  • Chair’s welcome and introduction Bill McCluggage Managing Director Laganview Associates
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Connecting Government 2030 Ossian Smyth TD Minister of State, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Digital transformation: Moving from a pandemic response to a permanent delivery model Martin Curley Director of Digital Transformation & Open Innovation Health Service Executive
  • Aligning public services with the eXperience economy John Glennane Founder and CEO Capventis
  • Transforming the delivery of public services in Wales Myra Hunt Joint Chief Executive Centre for Digital Public Services, Wales
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

Networking break

  • Transforming the delivery of services through technology Carmel O’Hare Head of IS Monaghan County Council
  • Meeting citizens’ expectations: Delivering secure, scalable and innovative technology Mark Finlay Head of Public Sector, Ireland AWS
  • Digital policing: Building a smarter service Andrew O’Sullivan CIO An Garda Síochána
  • Interview: The NSSO – Digital by Business Design Richard Smith Head of Enterprise IT National Shared Services Office
    John Ryan Head of Employee Services National Shared Services Office
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

Lunch break

  • New ways of working: Digital by Default Louise McKeever CIO Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Why LocalGov Drupal makes sense for Local Government websites Will Callaghan Product and Project Lead LocalGov Drupal
    Mark Conroy Director of Development Annertech
  • People centred: Supporting the digital transformation of our prisons Melanie Rhatigan Principal Officer Irish Prison Service
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

Networking break

  • Identifying and managing threats for public sector organisations Dr Seán McSweeney Head of the Department of Computer Science Munster Technological University
  • Whiteboard Session: Get out of Ransomware Jail Sustainably Brian Supple Technical Director ProCloud
  • Under cyber attack: Creating cyber resilient organisations Professor Neil O’Hare Group CIO, Children’s Health Ireland and Professor of Health Informatics, UCD
  • Discussion Panel: Cyber security in public service organisations
  • Bruce Hopkins Head of IT Security daa
  • Deirdre McDonnell Assistant Secretary Department of Education
  • John Moloney Digital Transformation Manager ESB
  • Niall O’Donohoe Managing Director ProCloud
  • Professor Neil O’Hare Group CIO, Children’s Health Ireland and Professor of Health Informatics, UCD
  • Dr Seán McSweeney Head of the Department of Computer Science Munster Technological University
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

Chair’s summary followed by conference close

Who will attend?

The event will be of interest to senior managers and decision-makers working across Ireland’s public and private sectors. Not just for CIOs, it is also for those within organisations in policy-making and service delivery roles. Delegates will include:

  • Chief Executives / Directors / senior managers
  • Chief Information Officers / IT Directors
  • Local government officers
  • Policy makers
  • Corporate planners
  • Board members of public sector agencies
  • Voluntary / community sector leaders / NGOs
  • Health / education sector professionals
  • Services organisations – IT / telecoms / advisory

Benefits of attending:

  • Discuss the digital transformation of public services
  • Hear directly from those responsible for driving these programmes forward
  • Learn about innovative projects already being implemented
  • Look ahead to a new way of working


The conference is structured in such a way to provide a high level of interaction between speakers and delegates. There will be plentiful opportunities for questions as well as discussion in each of the sessions. In the margins of the event there will also be ample scope for business development during the busy networking breaks that take place in the exhibition area. With conferences now fully back in person, take the opportunity to reconnect with your peers and colleagues!

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities to become involved with this conference as a sponsor or exhibitor. This is an excellent way for organisations to showcase their expertise and raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision makers from across Ireland’s public services. This interactive conference provides an excellent opportunity for making contacts and networking. For further information on how your organisation can benefit contact Lynda Millar on 01 661 3755 or email

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Public sector delegate rate

+ VAT @ 23% = £301.35


Standard delegate rate

+ VAT @ 20% = £362.85