Enterprise Digital Development (EDD), a branch within Digital Shared Services (DSS) in the Department of Finance, has recently developed a number of new Internet websites for their NICS colleagues.

The EDD Website Development Service, headed up by Fionnuala Taylor, develop websites and associated search facilities, for NICS Departments (including nidirect) and some ALBs / NDPBs. Services offered include standard development of website features, logo design, assistance with content migration, if required, and advice on content management.

The ability to deliver these websites at pace has been made easier due to the significant effort expended by EDD in recent years in establishing a robust, secure NICS Internet hosting platform, based on the well-established open-source content management system, Drupal. The platform hosts NI Government’s flagship website nidirect as well as over 50 internet websites from across the NI public sector.

The EDD agile website development team, which comprises members of Web Development, UX / Design and Quality Assurance teams, have delivered numerous informational websites this year, usually within tight timescales, many of which underpin key NI Executive initiatives, New Decade New Approach (NDNA) commitments and Public Inquiries. With guidance from EDD, staff in the business areas added their own content ahead of site launches.

Internet sites that have gone live this year include:

Site Description Web Address/Logo
The Fiscal Commission was established to carry out a comprehensive review of the case for increasing fiscal powers available to the NI Assembly.

Fiscal Commission

The Victims’ Payment Board was established in February 2021 to determine applications under the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme.

Victims' Payments Board

The Utility Regulator is responsible for regulating the electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries in Northern Ireland. Utility Regulator

The Commissioner’s role is to promote the interests of Victims and Survivors of institutional childhood abuse in Northern Ireland.

COSICA - The Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse

This office delivers an independent review service on Discretionary Support decisions made by the Department for Communities.

Office of the Discretionary Support Commissioner Website

The Urology Services Inquiry was announced by the Minister for Health, Robin Swann MLA, its aim to establish a statutory public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the concerns raised about the clinical practice of a former hospital urology consultant in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Urology Services Inquiry



The Muckamore Abbey Hospital Public Inquiry is a statutory inquiry established under the Inquiries Act 2005, to examine the issue of abuse of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital (MAH) and to determine why the abuse happened and the range of circumstances that allowed it to happen.

Muckamore Abbey Hospital Inquiry

Further information on Enterprise Digital Development and the services that they provide is available for NICS staff via the EDD Intranet homepage and the team can also be contacted at edd@finance-ni.gov.uk.

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