Roscommon County Council unveils four-year digital strategy

Roscommon County Council launched its new Digital Strategy for 2022-2026 this week at the authority’s December plenary meeting, held on Monday, December 19th.

This document sets out the Council’s digital priorities for the next four years. The Council said that the new strategy will introduce and embed a digital ethos through Roscommon County Council’s service delivery, enhancing the county’s impact as a great place in which to live and work. The strategy also sets out the Council’s strategic goals and objectives and will maximise digital opportunities for the county.

The document establishes the overall digital direction of the county and sets out how technology will support and enable County Roscommon to grow and develop.

The key to this ambition is connectivity and access to services previously only enjoyed by capital cities. To achieve a thriving digital economy, Roscommon County Council will enhance its digital innovation hubs and oversee improvements in its citizens’ digital skills.

Further objectives of the strategy include the adaptation of appropriate community, economic and cultural digital initiatives, such as equipping schools with the latest information for teaching. The strategy also aims to connect healthcare providers to leading medical centres and patients to global expertise. Other ambitions of the plan include a reduction in the costs of public services and the renewal of community engagement in the democratic process as well as strengthening the resilience of the region in dealing with emergencies.

The delivery of the strategy in conjunction with the rollout of the National Broadband Plan will see Roscommon securing more sustainable economic growth and greater future prosperity, introducing measures and actions to create and develop a digital/smart county. This new strategy has been facilitated by extensive community and business participation in the consultation process.

The Roscommon Digital Strategy 2022-2026 is a blueprint for the digital progression of the county for the next four years, and its objectives and actions can be linked to the three key themes: digital community, digital infrastructure, and digital economy and enterprise.

Commenting on the publication of Roscommon County Council’s new Digital Strategy document, CE Shane Tiernan remarked: “This strategy will introduce and embed the digital ethos through our service delivery, thus enhancing its impact in making Roscommon a great place in which to live and work.

“This four-year digital strategy sets out our strategic goals and objectives and will maximise digital opportunities for the county. I believe that by promoting our digital agenda through a dynamic workforce, enhanced infrastructure and services (including the rollout of the National Broadband Plan), County Roscommon will secure more sustainable economic growth and greater prosperity going into the future.

“Here in Roscommon, we will be focussing on introducing measures and actions to create and develop a digital/smart county. Thanks to community and business participation in the consultation process, we now have a more comprehensive understanding of the real needs of people”, he concluded.