Maryrose Lyons

Irish local authority spending site wins UN digital innovation award

Maryrose Lyons, Brightspark Consulting

15 October 2015, a website detailing how Irish local authorities source and spend public funding, was named winner in the e-government & open data category of the UN’s World Summit Awards  (WSA).

Two other Irish sites, and, were declared winners in the e-learning & science and entertainment & lifestyle categories respectively.

Maryrose Lyons, founder of content marketing company Brightspark Consulting, who developed the website on behalf of, said: “The World Summit Awards are about recognising digital tools that are ground-breaking, truly innovative and might be said to inspire. The idea is that if someone in Brazil – for example – saw a really great Irish site, they might get the idea to do something similar and for the social good.

“By winning this award, we are effectively gaining a global platform. At the Global Congress in China next spring, we will have the opportunity to network with all other winners, as well as with governmental, UN and private sector representatives. We will also get to participate in an exhibition featuring the best digital innovation projects worldwide.”

Local went live in the lead-up to the 2014 local elections, with the aim of making information on local authorities’ income and expenditure easily accessible to the general public.

Users can select their local authority from a list and see how much it spends in housing, roads, water and environmental services and compare it to to the national average and neighbouring councils.

The website also lets users see a breakdown of the income received by each council under categories such as rates, the general purpose grant, and goods and services.

The awards will be presented at the WSA Global Congress in Shenzhen, China, in February 2016.

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