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Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards: Monaghan County Council named Local Authority of the Year 2017

Nov 24, 2017

Monaghan County Council was yesterday (23 November 2017) named Local Authority of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The 14th annual Awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.

John Clancy, Head of Public Sector Business, Vodafone Ireland said, ‘We are delighted to sponsor the Chambers Ireland- Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. This is a unique and important event that recognises and celebrates the work that the local authorities contribute to communities all over Ireland. We are proud to work alongside Chambers Ireland and The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and would like to congratulate each of the local authorities who were recognised tonight, in particular the Monaghan County Council, who are named the Local Authority of the Year 2017.”

He added, “As Ireland’s leading total communications provider, we have made significant investment to expand its technology offering within the public sector. We are committed to supporting local authorities by providing a range of market leading communications to enhance efficiencies across local government operations, consumers and all types of businesses all over the country.”

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said, “The Excellence in Local Government Awards demonstrate how each year Local Authorities work consistently to deliver services and initiatives that sustain, enhance and support our communities and local economies. Chambers Ireland is honoured to host these awards and recognise the dedication and hard work that takes place at local government level across Ireland. I want to congratulate Monaghan County Council, the 16 category winners, the many shortlisted organisations but also just as importantly, the people who made all these projects and activities happen.”

“Monaghan County Council has shown exceptional leadership through a vision for the future development of the locality and the broader economic region. Monaghan has demonstrated tremendous ambition and capacity for innovation across numerous projects and is recognised for its willingness to share best practice with peers. The drive to continuously improve and deliver better services to citizens makes Monaghan a worthy winner of Local Authority of the Year.”

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD commented about the awards, “These awards are an opportunity for each Local Authority to showcase to the public the hard work being undertaken year on year. It is important to recognise and reward the Local Authority's work which is making a real impact and delivering tangible benefits for people in our communities. I am very appreciative to Chambers Ireland for the important work they carry out regarding the Excellence in Local Government Awards.”

There were sixteen awards presented on the night plus the overall award for Local Authority of the Year. Individual awards were sponsored by: Lidl, ESB Networks, Healthy Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, AIB, LGiU Ireland, ERP, Waterford Crystal, Zurich, EirGrid, SIRO, Vodafone, Ervia, Shell E&P Ireland and An Post.

Specially commissioned crystal awards designed by Waterford Crystal were presented to the winners on the night.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Supporting Active Communities Award sponsored by Lidl:

Cork County Council – Dunmanway Community Garden – By the Community, for the Community, in the Heart of the Community

Best Practice in Citizen Engagement Award sponsored by ESB Networks:

South Dublin County Council – €300K – Have Your Say!

Health & Wellbeing Award sponsored by Healthy Ireland:

Mayo County Council – Men on the Move

Supporting Tourism Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland:

Waterford City & County Council – Waterford Greenway

Promoting Economic Development Award sponsored by AIB:

Limerick City & County Council – Regeneration Programme: Model of pathways to employment in the hospitality and catering industry

Local Authority Innovation Award sponsored by LGiU Ireland:

Cork City Council – Competitive Dialogue Housing Delivery Process

Sustainable Environment Award sponsored by ERP:

Kerry County Council – MacGillycuddy Reeks Habitat and Trail Repair Project – a Collaborative Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) initiative

Best Library Service Award sponsored by Waterford Crystal:

Kildare County Council – Support to Secondary Schools Programme

Sustaining the Arts Award sponsored by Zurich:

Longford County Council – www.virtualwriter.ie

Joint Local Authority Initiative Award sponsored by EirGrid:

Monaghan County Council –Cavan and Monaghan Science Festival

Festival of the Year Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland:

Donegal County Council – SEA SESSIONS Surf and Music Festival

Outstanding Customer Service Award sponsored by SIRO:

Limerick City & County Council – Limerick.ie

Enhancing the Urban Environment Award sponsored by Vodafone:

Offaly County Council – Revitalising Birr by improving the way its public realm functions

Heritage and Built Environment Award sponsored by Ervia:

Cork County Council – Spike Island, Cork Harbour

Disability Services Provision Award sponsored by Shell E&P Ireland:

Cork City Council – Hollyhill Library Services for Children with Autism

Commemorations and Centenaries Award sponsored by An Post:

Cavan County Council – Cavan County Museum’s Commemoration Education Programme

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Notes to Editor

Excellence in Local Government Awards

The Excellence in Local Government Awards are hosted by Chambers Ireland in partnership with the Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government to showcase the best practice in local government across Ireland. The annual awards began in 2004 to recognise the Local Authority of the Year and many other achievements delivered by Local Authorities now across sixteen categories. For more information: www.chambers.ie

Photography

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Judging Panel

There are two independent judging panels made up of respected experts from the community and local government.

Round One

· Mr. Seán Ó Riordiáin, Chairman, Public Policy Advisors Network

· Mr. Alex Connolly, Head of Communications, Fáilte Ireland

· Ms. Fiona Douglas, Regional Development Officer, Northern Ireland

· Ms. Geraldine Tallon, Former Secretary General, Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

· Mr. Diarmuid O’Leary, Principal Officer, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

 

Round Two

· Mr. Seán Ó Riordiáin, Chairman, Public Policy Advisors Network

· Mr. Jack Keyes, Consultant and Former County Council Chief Executive, Cavan

· Mr. Tony O’Brien, Chair, Chambers Ireland Local Government Policy Council and Principal at TOB Associates

· Mr. Martin Tobin, CEO, European Recycling Platform (ERP) Ireland

· Mr. John Clancy, Head of Public Sector Business, Vodafone Ireland

 

For further information contact Gabriel Doran, Chambers Ireland on 01 400 4331, 086 6081605 or email gabriel.doran@chambers.ie

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