The National Digital Strategy (NDS) document "Phase 1 - Digital Engagement" was launched in July 2013. The main focus of the NDS is on Doing more with Digital. It is a foundation step to help Ireland to reap the full rewards of a digitally enabled society.
The Strategy sets out a vision and a number of practical actions and steps to encourage and assist more citizens and small businesses to get on line. Phase 1 focuses on Business & Enterprise, Citizen Training and Schools & Education.
The internet connects billions of people and creates many new opportunities including ways to save money, become better connected as a citizen and to access new markets and grow businesses.
The ultimate goal is the optimal economic and social use of the internet by business, individuals and by Government.
Building on the 2013 National Digital Strategy Phase 1, the Government is now seeking to develop a new National Digital Strategy to progress further and grasp the opportunities offered by digitalisation and respond to its challenges.
A Public Consultation on a new National Digital Strategy was launched on the 22 October 2018 inviting members of the public and interested stakeholders to make submissions.