Bill McCluggage, the former UK deputy government CIO, has been appointed as the first Irish government CIO.

McCluggage left the UK government in November 2011 to take the position as chief technologist at EMC UK & Ireland.

Prior to working at the Cabinet Office McCluggage worked for four years in the delivery and innovation division of the Department of Finance & Personnel (Northern Ireland), including as Northern Ireland CIO and senior information risk owner (SIRO).

This year he was awarded the IT Professional of the Year accolade by the Belfast Branch of the British Computer Society. His role with the Irish Government will see him take ultimate responsibility for the ICT strategy for government and the wider public sector.

He will also lead the government's CIO council and drive the implementation of e-government and cloud computing strategies. He will report to Brendan Howlin, minister for public expenditure and reform.

TechMarketView analyst Georgina O'Toole said: "Perhaps most interesting from a supplier perspective is that this is the first time the Irish government has appointed a CIO. Perhaps McCluggage's appointment will drive some new ICT opportunities as he is focused on technology-enabled change."