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WIRE App noted in OPS2020 Report

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Date: 21 Apr 2021

OPS2020 Final Progress Report includes a Case Study of the CARO WIRE App.

Our Public Service 2020 (OPS2020), the most recent Government framework for development and reform across the Public Service, is intended to support public servants so that they can more effectively
deliver the level and quality of services that the public and businesses expect. Operational since 2018, the framework is built around three pillars:
Delivering for Our Public; Innovating for Our Future; and Developing Our People and Organisations.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, launched the Final Progress Report for Our Public Service 2020, that provides an overview of the continuing progress made under OPS2020 covering the period mid-2019 to end-2020.
Welcoming the publication of the Final Progress Report, Minister McGrath said" I am particularly impressed by a number of initiatives which will pay dividends in the years ahead including the new eProbate online and a Geographic Information System app developed by Local Authorities for data collection and reporting on extreme events related to climate change".

The WIRE App was developed by the CARO and Climate Ireland through the support of the Public Service Innocation Fund. It was piloted initiailly across a number of local authorities in 2020. Some additional development works are nearing completion before a planned rollout out across the 31 local authorities in the coming months.

The App will help deliver on a number of actions in the local authority climate action strategies including identifying areas at risk and aid capture the impacts of climate events on the ground. The resulting dataset captured by the App will inform climate risk and vulnerability assessments, identify areas of increasing risk and support an evidence-based approach to climate adaptation planning by local authorities.

The CAROs and Climate Ireland are also working towards the development of a Risk & Vulnerability Toolkit for local authorities which this dataset will also feed into in the future.

You can read more about the OPS2020 report HERE.