I submitted a letter of intent for Ireland to participate in the Open Government Partnership on behalf of the Government in May. A stakeholder consultation process is now underway for the development of proposals for inclusion in Ireland’s Open Government Partnership national action plan. The four core principles of the Open Government Partnership are: Transparency, Accountability, Citizen Participation and Technology and Innovation and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consult with citizens, civil society and other interests as well as with Government Departments, in developing proposals for a draft national action plan for approval by Government containing concrete commitments that would align with these key principles. National action plans cover a two-year period. It is envisaged that Ireland will formally become an Open Government Partnership participating country early in 2014.