The Taskforce on Active Citizenship

The Taskforce on Active Citizenship was established to advise the Government on the steps that could be taken to ensure that the wealth of civic spirit and active participation already present in Ireland continues to grow and develop.

The Taskforce conducted a nationwide consultation process to gather views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21st century Ireland and produced a set of recommendations in its final report in March, 2007. 

This progress report is available to download here.

The Taskforce conducted a nationwide consultation process to hear your views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21st century Ireland.

Following the publication of the above Taskforce report, an Active Citizenship Office was established under the Department of the Taoiseach. The Government Chief Whip at the time, Mr. Pat Carey, T.D., was assigned special responsibility for Active Citizenship and appointed a Steering Group to oversee the implementation of the Taskforce’s recommendations in October, 2008. This Group was chaired by Mary Davis, Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe and Eurasia.

You can view a further report here, which outlined the plans that were then being envisioned for the future of the Active Citizenship initiative.

The Active Citizenship initiative was, however, effectively shelved for the foreseeable future at the point at which the economic crisis of 2008 began to take hold.