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No fears over ideas website – The Irish Examiner 14/03/2009


PEOPLE should have no concerns about posting ideas and insights on the Ideas Campaign website, according to campaign director Aileen O’Toole.

Ms O’Toole said the campaign had clearly set out how it plans to openly and transparently deal with the ideas that Irish people were entrusting to the campaign.

Ms O’Toole was responding to concerns raised by head of ValueIreland.com, that the campaign would take ownership of people’s ideas.

However, Ms O’Toole said the campaign was an independent, non-political initiative with the highest standards of governance.

“The citizens of Ireland have placed their faith in this campaign to act in an honourable and trustworthy way. The members of our advisory group, including senior figures from business, education and policy, would not lend their names to an initiative unless it had high standards of governance at its core.

“Also, our terms and conditions, which are very similar to other reputable sites, have been vetted by legal experts,” she said.

The campaign director pointed out that it was indicated in several sections of the website that no commercially sensitive or confidential information should be posted to the website.

Instead, Ms O’ Toole outlined, the campaign was seeking insights and solutions based on people’s own experience.

“One of our experts saw some ideas yesterday and said how some are brilliant and could save money and create jobs,” she said.

More than 2,000 ideas were received in the first week of the campaign.

Conall Ó Fátharta

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