An Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council is being established by the Government.

Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation Dara Calleary said it will support politicians in creating a more digitally competitive society and economy.

He is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals from academia, business, law, security, social sciences, economics, and civil society to serve on the council.

The new entity was among several Government priorities for the coming year outlined in the newly-published National Artificial Intelligence Strategy progress report.

The strategy - titled 'Artificial Intelligence: Here for Good' - was first launched in July 2021 and sets out how Ireland can use AI to benefit its economy and society.

"I want to ensure we maintain our strong position and are ready for new challenges and opportunities as they emerge," Minister Calleary said.

Priorities for 2023 and 2024 in the progress report include influencing the regulation of AI in Ireland - especially in relation to the new EU AI Act - and finalising guidelines for the use of AI in the public sector.

The Department of Enterprise will also consider what additional supports may be needed for the AI sector and businesses adopting AI in Ireland.

Minister Calleary said the Government is "actively promoting a robust Governance framework to safeguard against risk and ensure public trust in AI".

He added that a number of "key achievements" have been delivered so far under the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

These include appointing Ireland’s first AI Ambassador, Dr Patricia Scanlan, who has completed her first year in the role.

An Enterprise Digital Advisory Forum - focusing on industry adoption of AI and other digital technologies - has also been established alongside an AI Innovation Hub (CeADAR) to provide services such as specialist training to small and medium businesses.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Calleary said that right across Government, people are working collectively under the national AI strategy, and would like people to put forward an interest in the AI Advisory Council.

"Not just people in the tech sphere, we want people from right across society with an interest and with experience in this space, that they can bring their life experience to the table to advise Government on."

He said the deadline for expressions of interest is 4 September, adding that he wants to see it up and running by the autumn.

"We are coming to a key phase in terms of those EU negotiations about the AI legislation and I want that advisory council to have an input into that," the minister said.