Irelands National AI Strategy in a European Context

16 August 2021


On 8 July 2021, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D., and Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy T.D., launched Ireland’s first National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy, titled ‘AI – Here for Good. In an analysis compiled by Houses of the Oireachtas Library and Research Services, ADAPT’s Prof Dave Lewis compares the actions presented in the National Strategy with those proposed for the EU Member States in the European Commission’s Coordinated Plan for AI. HERE 

The National AI Strategy offers a comprehensive account of how Ireland may reap the economic and societal benefits of AI while mitigating the associated risks. The analysis suggests that while the prioritised actions in data, skills, and trustworthiness are vital horizontal prerequisites, comparison with the EU Coordinated Plan for AI indicates a need for strong coordination across the enterprise and public sector actions and to move rapidly to the planning of sector-specific strategies.

Comparative analysis of National and EU strategies by Prof. Dave Lewis on behalf of the Oireachtas L&R