Local Government Awards Shortlist showcases ingenuity and ambition

Chambers Ireland today revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2019.

In its 16th year, the Awards features a total of 22 Local Authorities shortlisted over 16 categories, including a new addition, ‘Age Friendly Initiative’, which showcases Local Authorities’ efforts to make Ireland a great place in which to grow old.

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

Congratulating the Local Authorities shortlisted, Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government stated,

“Once again my Department is very proud to support the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The Awards are an important platform for bringing to the fore the outstanding and meaningful work that is so crucial to the development of our local communities. It is local projects such as these which make Ireland a better place at national level.

I would like to congratulate the Local Authorities behind the projects featured in this shortlist and Chambers Ireland for their ongoing work in managing these Awards annually.”

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

“We’re proud to reveal the Excellence in Local Government Awards shortlist today, which features over 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 proud to reveal the shortlist for the new addition to this year’s Awards, the ’Age Friendly Initiative’. We’re delighted at the range of projects we’ve received for this new category, which highlights the ingenuity amongst Local Authorities in developing new civic solutions to help Ireland become a better place to age in.

I would like to congratulate each of the 22 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 16th annual ceremony on 28th November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. Awards will be presented for excellence in 16 different categories and one Local Authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2019.

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Complete Shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2019

 *New 2019 Category*: Age Friendly Initiative 

  • Cavan County Council – Cavan Older People’s Council Drama Project
  • Clare County Council – Clare Cultural Companions
  • Cork City Council – Friendly Call Cork
  • Fingal County Council, Limerick City and County Council and Meath County Council – The Acorn Project
  • Kilkenny County Council – ‘Welcome to Kilkenny – Please take a Seat’
  • Mayo County Council – Age Friendly Airport Guidelines
  • Monaghan County Council – An Age Friendly Guide to Communication


Supporting Active Communities 

  • Cork City Council – Cork Learning City
  • Cork County Council – Blackwater and Creativity in County Cork
  • Leitrim County Council – Leitrim Defibrillator Mapping
  • South Dublin County Council – Five Year PlaySpace Programme
  • Tipperary County Council – Richard Mulcahy Sensory Playground and Garden


Best Practice in Citizen Engagement 

  • Carlow County Council – Carlow Public Participation Network (PPN) Community Consultation Toolkit
  • Cavan County Council – Voices of the Troubles – An Oral History
  • Cork City Council – Shape Your City Voter Registration & Information Initiative
  • Fingal County Council – Our Balbriggan – Imagine the Possibilities – Get Involved
  • Monaghan County Council – Monaghan Community Alerts


Health & Wellbeing 

  • Carlow County Council – Healthy Streets Carlow
  • Cork City Council – Cork Sanctuary Runners
  • Cork County Council – Teen Talk with Cork County Council and Healthy Ireland
  • Fingal County Council – Healthy Fingal Learning Portal
  • Limerick City and County Council – We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick


Supporting Tourism 

  • Clare County Council – Clare Museum – Tourism Support Project
  • Cork City Council – The Lee Sessions
  • Fingal County Council – The Fingal Events Unit
  • Kerry County Council – From Berlin to Kerry
  • Monaghan County Council – Rossmore Forest Park Tourism & Recreational Development
  • South Dublin County Council – The Round Tower, Visitor Centre, Clondalkin – Brú Chrónáin


Promoting Economic Development 

  • Cork County Council – Bridge to Masschallenge Cork Programme
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Smart Sandyford
  • Kildare County Council – Mid East Region Innovation Think Spaces
  • Limerick City and County Council – The Bays – Moyross Training Facility
  • South Dublin County Council – The South Dublin Sustainable Business Programme


Local Authority Innovation 

  • Cork City Council – Arus Mhuire Rightsizing Housing Project
  • Dublin City Council – Litter Bin Tagging Project
  • Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – dlr Online Grants Management System
  • Fingal County Council – End to end Mobile Solution for Private Rented Dwelling Inspections
  • Kildare County Council – Climate Action Regional Offices
  • Limerick City and County Council – The LITe Programme
  • Monaghan County Council – Monaghan County Council Rents App


Sustainable Environment 

  • Clare County Council – Banner Beekeepers Association Apiary at Doora, Ennis
  • Cork County Council – Avoncore Estate Regeneration Project
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Electric Dreams
  • Fingal County Council – Pollinator Friendly Free Tree Initiative
  • Limerick City and County Council – Reuse not Single Use


Best Library Service 

  • Cork City Council – A Journey Called Home
  • Cork County Council – “A Sound Initiative” at Cork County Library
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – My Open Library at Deansgrange Library
  • Fingal County Council – STEAM through Fingal
  • Limerick City & County Council – Watch House Cross Community Library Autism Friendly Resource
  • Meath County Council – Ashbourne Library Music Appreciation Club
  • Waterford City & County Council – Towers & Tales Lismore Story Festival Schools Programme


Sustaining the Arts 

  • Carlow County Council – Take A Part Carlow
  • Cork City Council – Live at the library: Music for the community!
  • Cork County Council – The West Cork Fit-Ups Theatre Festival
  • Limerick City and County Council – The Autonomy Project
  • Wexford County Council – Arts Ability Programme


Festival of the Year 

  • Cork City Council – Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2019
  • Fingal County Council – Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
  • Kerry County Council – Listowel Writer’s Week
  • Limerick City and County Council – St. Patrick’s Festival Limerick 2019


Outstanding initiative through the Municipal Districts 

  • Cork County Council – Community Fund Scheme
  • Donegal County Council – Hosting the DDF Irish Open in Inishowen MD – a place mobilised
  • Limerick City and County Council – ie
  • Monaghan County Council – Refurbishment and Remodelling of Clones Market House, Clones, Co. Monaghan


Enhancing the Urban Environment 

  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Otranto Seaside Gardens
  • Fingal County Council – Smart Street Furniture
  • Limerick City & County Council – Derelict and Vacancy Initiative
  • South Dublin County Council – Clonburris Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme


Heritage and Built Environment 

  • Cork City Council – Set in Stone Workshop
  • Fingal County Council – The conservation, restoration and extension of The Casino building, Malahide
  • Limerick City & County Council – West Wall Walkway Kilmallock
  • Monaghan County Council – The Monaghan Spitfire – Life on the Border with a World at War


Disability Services Provision 

  • Clare County Council – The Vision Symphony
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Changing Places
  • Fingal County Council – Irish Aphasia Theatre
  • Meath County Council – Improvement of Changing Facilities at Kells Swimming Pool to improve accessibility for disabled pool users
  • Monaghan County Council – Your Vote Your Voice
  • South Dublin County Council – Sensory Pig Sty in Tymon Park
  • Tipperary County Council – Sign of The Times


Commemorations and Centenaries 

  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Sinking of the RMS Leinster
  • Limerick City and County Council – Decade of Centenaries Commemoration 2019 Limerick
  • Sligo County Council – Sligo Armistice Day 2018
  • Tipperary County Council – Solohead Parish Centenary Soloheadbeg 1919