The Government is to accelerate the rollout of digital technology to improve how services are offered across the public services next year and beyond.

The move is part of a drive, led by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, to intensify the focus on digitisation right across Government.

Priorities include ensuring most used services are used digitally as opposed to simply being available online, as well as making sure all digital services have the same look and feel, are understandable and easy to use.

"We need to leverage digital to further streamline and automate processes, join up Government and reduce the burden on people and businesses accessing these services, and importantly free up resources to deliver services in a more impactful way in line with our citizens' expectations," Mr Donohoe said.

One board representative from each department has been nominated to act as a "Digital Leader" in that area.

Collectively all those leaders will come together to form a "Digital Leaders’ Group", who together will take on responsibility for pushing digital transformation across Government.

Overseen by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer they will also be required to report back on progress from within their department and sector.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet earlier this month after Mr Donohoe tabled proposals.

The memo set out the current state of digital across the public service.

It also included plans to accelerate the use of technology to modernise and streamline how public services are accessed and administered.

"We are asking all public bodies to double down on their efforts on digital and to look to leverage this shared digital infrastructure while doing so," said Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O'Donovan.

"Much has been done to provide access to services online, now we must accelerate this work with a focus on increasing the use of online services by creating more streamlined, joined up, intuitive digital experiences."

The Government already has a number of well-established digital based service delivery systems in place, including MyGovID, Digital Postbox, ROS Digital Certificate, Eircode and Government Cloud and Data Centres.

During next year, other priority services will be focused on such as adoption of the Digital Postbox service, which will give people the opportunity to receive their post from Government digitally in a secure electronic mailbox.

A drive to consolidate and simplify access to Government services through gov.ie will also take place.