On 26 May, the Irish eGovernment Awards and Summit 2017 took place in Dublin. The European Data Portal provided a presentation during this event on where Ireland stands with regards to Open Data. The awards are Ireland's most sought-after accolade in Irish eGovernment, honouring the leaders driving digital services, communication and democracy online. The awards, now in their 16th year, recognise advances made in the use of digital technology by the public sector in Ireland.
Following a rigorous adjudication process by the judges, the winners were announced at the Awards ceremony on 26 May at Dublin Castle. During the ceremony, the Irish Government's Open Data Initiative (part of the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform) was awarded with the first prize in the General Category. The Irish strategy and efforts of this team have resulted in the fact that Ireland is one of the trendsetters in Europe when it comes to Open Data maturity.