We're Stronger Together, Especially When We Help Each Other Understand

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By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

Ireland is coming out of its recent recession with a view into being one of the top performing economies in the EU and a great place to do business in, from and with. As you can imagine, the digital world plays a big role in this vision as this country of scholars, artists, and innovators looks to punch well above its weight in the world’s economy;

  1. To provide the centralized services needed to run the country internally for its citizens and the businesses that reside there, and

  2. To enable them to connect and transact with its neighbors in Europe and beyond.

To get a view into this world, Sean Martin took the opportunity to sit down with Barry Lowry, the Irish Government CIO at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. We met in his office located in the heart of FinTech innovation in Dublin. It’s there where we discussed

  • the digitalization of the internal infrastructure for government services delivered to its citizens,

  • enabling the import and export of business, technology, products, and services to the world,

  • the challenges with handling personal data within the country,

  • and need to embrace and properly navigate data sharing outside of Ireland in light of the GDPR and the pending Tallinn Declaration.

We’re stronger together — more of the same please!
— Barry Lowry, to his government department leads and his EU peers

We hope you find the view into the intersection of government, society, technology and security as interesting as we do. Enjoy!



About Barry Lowry

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Barry Lowry is CIO for the Irish Government, a position he was appointed to in 2016. He is tasked with delivering the Public Service ICT Strategy. Prior to 2016, he spent almost 35 years in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) on work ranging from the programming of mainframe computers to operating as a team leader in the design of client server systems. For the five years prior to his appointment, Lowry was the director who oversaw the establishment of ICT shared services in NICS. He also operated as the Head of Profession for ICT. In 2011 he was voted the Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year by his associates.

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