Local Government Awards Shortlist Announced


Chambers Ireland today (2 September) revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2022.

In its 19th year, the Awards feature a total of 23 Local Authorities shortlisted over 15 categories, including a new addition, ‘Climate Change’, which showcases Local Authorities’ efforts to take action in this important area. Communications and Diversity & Inclusion are also new categories for 2022.

The Awards are held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

While offering his heartfelt congratulations, Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Peter Burke TD commented, “every year I am astounded by the calibre of applications”. The officials and councillors who serve their communities have an indisputably positive effect of the lives of citizens, and they should be immensely proud of their achievements”.

“For the last two years, I spoke of how local authorities delivered on an unprecedented global event, demonstrating such flexibility and adaptability to deliver on community calls and local supports for individuals suffering isolation and loneliness through the covid pandemic”, adding “again this year, local authorities have demonstrated agility and have been fundamental in welcoming and accommodating our Ukrainian citizens fleeing their country. In rising to the occasion our local authorities have only further proven their dedication to the communities they serve”.

Minister Burke congratulated all the local authorities who submitted applications. “You are commended for the excellent work you do. This annual event is an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge all the hard work carried out throughout the year” he concluded.

Commenting on the announcement of the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said,

“We’re pleased to reveal the Excellence in Local Government Awards shortlist today, which features 80 projects that represent the essence of the hard work and ambitious planning that takes place daily at local level.

The Awards are the ideal platform to showcase the inventiveness and innovation that Local Authorities are consistently delivering, which so often goes unnoticed.

We’re also delighted to reveal the shortlist for the new additions to this year’s Awards. The range of projects we’ve received for these new categories highlight the ingenuity amongst Local Authorities in developing new civic solutions to help Ireland become a better place to live and do business.

I would like to congratulate each of the shortlisted Local Authorities and acknowledge the excellent work being undertaken at Local Government level nationwide. The very best of luck to all shortlisted today.”

The Excellence in Local Government Award winners will be announced at the 19th annual ceremony on 24th of November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. Awards will be presented for excellence in 15 different categories and one Local Authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2022.



Complete Shortlist for ELG Awards 2022:

Age Friendly Initiative

  • Clare County Council – The accreditation of Ennis as an Age-Friendly town
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – dlr Digital Inclusion Acorn Project
  • Fingal County Council – Fingal Age Friendly Guide
  • Waterford City and County Council – “The People we Grow Up to Be,” an Intergenerational Music Project
  • Wexford County Council – Wexford Telehealth Project

Climate Change

  • Clare County Council – Renewal of site protection & conservation infrastructure at Fanore Beach
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Dublin Climate Action Week 2021
  • Kerry County Council – Supplygov.ie – Dynamic Purchasing System for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Works
  • Mayo County Council – Mayo Decarbonising Communities Network
  • South Dublin County Council – Tallaght District-heating Network.
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow County Council Solar Car Park


  • Donegal County Council – Trail Communications
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Embedding a culture of plain English communications in a Housing Department
  • Fingal County Council – Firefighting goats in Howth
  • Kildare County Council – Understanding Kildare’s County Development Plan
  • Limerick City & County Council – Double Your Summer

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Cork City Council – Trailblazing Women with Cork City Council’s Women’s Caucus
  • Dublin City Council – Academy of the Near Future
  • Leitrim County Council – Sense-Ability
  • Longford County Council – Urban Horse Project
  • Monaghan County Council – Sensory Stories
  • South Dublin County Council – Women in Local Government
  • Waterford City and County Council – Dyslexia Support Services Waterford Libraries

Enhancing the Urban Environment

  • Clare County Council – Ennis Public Realm Enhancement – Parnell Street, Laneways & Bow-ways
  • Cork City Council – Community Gardens in Public Parks
  • Limerick City & County Council – Castletroy Urban Greenway
  • Meath County Council – Navan 2050 Vision

Festival of the Year

  • Clare County Council – Ennis Mela
  • Cork City Council – Cork Carnival of Science
  • Monaghan County Council – Clones Film Festival
  • Waterford City and County Council – Waterford Winter Firedance Solstice 2021
  • Wexford County Council – Kennedy Summer School

Health & Wellbeing

  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – ‘Stirring Memories – Stories of Yesterday’ – collaborative wellbeing project & exhibition
  • Longford County Council – LIFT Programme
  • Mayo County Council – Activator Walking with Poles / Fitstick Trail Project
  • South Dublin County Council – Cycle South Dublin
  • Waterford City and County Council – Ireland’s First Outdoor Learn to Cycle Track opens in Dungarvan
  • Wicklow County Council – Healthy Blessington

Heritage & the Built Environment

  • Donegal County Council – Single large-scale heritage-led urban regeneration project in Ramelton, County Donegal
  • Galway County Council – Galway Community Archaeology Project
  • Monaghan County Council – Rossmore Forest Park – Interpretation & Conservation Management Project
  • Waterford City and County Council – Waterford Treasures, 5 Museums in the Viking Triangle
  • Wexford County Council – The regeneration of Goat Hill
  • Wicklow County Council – Celebrating Wicklow’s Wonder Women

Initiative through Municipal Districts

  • Carlow County Council – Ru:Uban – Urbact
  • Clare County Council – Shannon In Bloom
  • Longford County Council – Longford Text Alert
  • Wicklow County Council – Blessington Municipal District- Blessington Town Centre Public Realm Regeneration Project

Local Authority Innovation

  • Dublin City Council – Dublin City Council supporting telecoms and future connectivity
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – dlr Quiz Nights
  • Fingal County Council – Fingalmaker and maker space
  • Galway County Council – Severe Weather Event Management System
  • Leitrim County Council – BFireSafeatSchool project
  • Longford County Council – Corporate Digital Strategic Planning and Performance Management – Innovation in Action
  • South Dublin County Council – Think Big Space in partnership with AWS
  • Wexford County Council – Risk Remediation Programme
  • Wicklow County Council – Social Housing Design & Build – 34 Houses Baltinglass, Co Wicklow

Promoting Economic Development

  • Clare County Council – Tech Disrupt 4.0
  • Dublin City Council – ENFUSE
  • Fingal County Council – Implementation of Fingal Skills Strategy
  • Limerick City & County Council – Engine Hubs Network
  • Sligo County Council – Development of An Chroi Digital Hub
  • South Dublin County Council – Grange Castle Business Park

Supporting Sustainable Communities

  • Cork City Council – Community Response Area Teams
  • Limerick City & County Council – New Build Incremental Purchase Scheme
  • Monaghan County Council – Capacity Building through Community Planning
  • South Dublin County Council – Clondalkin Community Bicycle Hub

Supporting Tourism

  • Carlow County Council – Taste in Carlow
  • Limerick City & County Council – The Limerick Greenway
  • Louth County Council – Sea Louth
  • Mayo County Council – Clew Bay Bike Trail
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow Passport

Sustainable Environment

  • Cork City Council – Cork City Council Air Quality Strategy
  • Fingal County Council – Wildfire Management Strategy Howth Head
  • South Dublin County Council – Sustainable Drainage Guidance Project

Sustaining the Arts

  • Clare County Council – HOUSE! An open-air aerial spectacle
  • Fingal County Council – Seanchaí Micro Forest
  • Kerry County Council – Advance Youth Arts Programme
  • Monaghan County Council – Elsewhere the Opera
  • South Dublin County Council – NOISE Music