Saturday February 22, 2020

Ireland should have a ‘digital minister’, say telecom companies

Telecoms Industry Ireland claims creating one ministerial brief would bring order to a sector which is currently spread over several departments

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

2nd February, 2020
John Keaney, chief executive of Siro: “The digital piece stretches across all departments. Having someone with a brief to ensure there is consistency would be brilliant.” Picture: Fergal Phillips

A dedicated digital ministerial brief should be created by any new government, Ireland’s telcos have said.

In its election manifesto, Telecoms Industry Ireland (TII) has said the role should be created alongside communications to give a dedicated focus on the role of tech in Ireland.

Under the proposal suggested by TII, cabinet briefs would be changed to create a minister for communications and digital, with the climate action and energy briefs moving to...

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