Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (993)

Bernard Durkan


993. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when top teams on artificial intelligence, govtech and offshore renewables will be established; the way in which membership of these teams will be determined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32430/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Top Teams provide a Government supported model for Departments to drive sectoral development priorities and ensure whole of system alignment in support of their priorities. Top Teams will be considered when significant opportunities are identified and require a multi-organisational response to accelerate sectoral growth and remove barriers to development.

The aim is to have a limited number of Top Teams in operation at any one time and to avoid duplication with existing effective sector specific groups. The characteristics of a Top Team would include:

- Having specific and clear terms of reference with a task driven agenda

- Being time limited

- Addressing barriers to sectoral development that require a multi-organisational response.

Three areas have been identified in Future Jobs Ireland 2019 for piloting Top Teams in 2019 – AI, GovTech and Offshore Renewables. Top team membership is likely to comprise the relevant lead Department, other Departments, Government agencies, industry representatives and research community representation.

The outputs relating to each pilot Top Team and timeframes for implementation of same under deliverable 1.4(i) in Future Jobs Ireland 2019 are as follows:

Top Team


 2019 Output


Other Key Stakeholders

Artificial Intelligence

 Q4 2019

Top Team established


Relevant Depts & Agencies


 Q4 2019

Top Team established

Recommendations reviewed


OGCIO, DBEI, EI, industry, academia

Offshore renewables

 Q3 2019

Priority actions identified

Top Team established


DPHLG, DBEI, D/Taoiseach, agencies