The 17 winning projects chosen for the Public Service Innovation Fund this year will be awarded a total of €725,000, with seven projects belonging to local authorities.

Turning innovative ideas from across public service organisations into reality, this year’s Innovation Fund chose 17 projects from 83 submissions, across three different categories – Digital Transformation, Citizen Support Innovation, and Green and Sustainable Initiatives.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, who recently announced the recipients of the Public Service Innovation Fund 2022.

The winning local authority projects included:

Digital Transformation:

Cork City Council aims to create the first Irish local government Information Sharing Analysis Centre (ISAC) to counter cyber threats and allow two-way sharing of information between the private and public sectors.

Citizen Support Innovation:

Leitrim County Council will use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology based on ArcGIS (a location-based analytics tool) to develop a new way of communicating key emergency and non-emergency information to the widest community possible.

Dublin City Council will establish ‘BETAhood’ an online platform to enable local neighbourhoods to trial ‘tactical urbanism’ solutions in their area and community. This urban environment project will focus on the rapid deployment of innovative improvements to local neighbourhoods and communities in Dublin.

Green and Sustainable Initiatives:

Waterford City and County Council will deploy sensors to bottle banks across pilot sites to manage the capacity and send alerts to bin companies when bottle banks reach capacity.

Donegal County Council will use a specially prepared compost to tackle the challenges posed by Japanese knotweed infestations.

Dublin City Council will develop a deeper understanding for the retrofitting of social housing units, to create a digital twin in three social housing units located in Dominick Street West, Dublin 7.

Louth County Council intends to use AI solutions to improve intelligent identification of road defects and provide valuable information on other road assets including traffic signs and road markings.

Click here for more information on all 17 projects funded in 2022.