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Minister Deenihan congratulates Digital Repository of Ireland on their eGovernment Awards success


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, has today congratulated The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) on their success at the eGovernment Awards.


The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) scooped the overall award for their project, Inspiring Ireland and also won the Open Source and Promoting Ireland Abroad awards. The Inspiring Ireland project aims to showcase Ireland’s culture to people all over the globe, including the Irish diaspora, while also digitally preserving treasures from the national collection. The website features images of paintings, photographs and manuscripts from Ireland’s national collection.

Speaking on the win, Minister Deenihan said:

“I would like to congratulate Dr Sandra Collins and her team at the Digital Repository of Ireland for winning this prestigious award.”

“The Inspiring Ireland project showcases Ireland’s culture to a global audience. This promises to be one of the most important online cultural initiatives taken to date in Ireland.”

“As Minister for the Diaspora I want to recognise the potential of the Inspiring Ireland project for making Irish culture, heritage and history accessible to our diaspora. The core principles of the project, to preserve, discover, share, remind us of the importance of not only preserving our national collection but of also making it accessible to Irish people around the world.”

Previously, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Deenihan worked with the Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Cultural Institutions to make the project a reality.

Minister Deenihan added: “I would also like to recognise the initial input of Colleen Dube, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission; and Niall O'Donnchú and Chris Flynn of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht; and Dr Sandra Collins for helping me get this exciting project off the ground as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2013. I was delighted to launch the project in Stanford University in March 2014 where I announced a special advisory board chaired by John Hartnett.”

The Ireland eGovernment Awards, now in their 13th year, recognise innovation and excellence in eGovernment services and standards. The awards are open to all public sector bodies on the island of Ireland. Dr Sandra Collins is Director of The Digital Repository of Ireland. The Repository is the national digital repository for social and cultural data.



Press Office
30 January 2015