Local authorities can now submit projects for consideration across sixteen different categories in what will be the sixteenth edition of the Excellence in Local Government Awards from Chambers Ireland. The awards are a great opportunity for local authorities across the country to profile nationally the often extraordinary yet also vital, constant work that happens across local communities every day. The continuous work of local authorities year-in, year-out, underlines local government’s role as a key factor in the development of Irish society and high quality, meaningful public services.
None of this work can come to fruition without the right people behind it, which is why it is so important that the right level of engagement is achieved with local authorities across the country. All our Chambers enjoy working with all local government bodies. The value that Chambers and local authorities working together bring to society throughout Ireland is hugely important.
And of course, this year promises to be an exciting year in local government with the May local elections around the corner to look forward to. Chambers Ireland has been working with our members around the country to produce a business manifesto for candidates in advance of those elections.
We organise the awards to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of councils all over the country. Year on year we see continued innovation and leadership in the projects shortlisted for these awards. It is about recognising the hard work that local authorities engage in to improve their communities and environments, which is why we invite all local authorities to share their best initiatives by applying on the Awards website, www.chambers.ie/elg-awards by midday on Thursday 9th May so that they can have the chance to be celebrated, highlighted and replicated.
This year there is a new category being introduced – the ‘Age Friendly Initiative’ award. This reflects the efforts by every local authority to make Ireland a great place in which to grow old and we look forward to seeing the innovative applications which we expect to be brought forward in this area.
The categories local authorities can submit entries to in 2019 are:
- Age Friendly Initiative
- Outstanding initiative through the Municipal Districts
- Supporting Active Communities
- Best Practice in Citizen Engagement
- Health & Wellbeing
- Supporting Tourism
- Promoting Economic Development
- Local Authority Innovation
- Sustainable Environment
- Disability Services
- Best Library Service
- Sustaining the Arts
- Festival of the Year
- Commemorations and Centenaries
- Heritage and the Built Environment
- Enhancing the Urban Environment
The Excellence in Local Government Awards are held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. In 2018, Clare County Council was named Local Authority of the Year. The award winners will be announced at the 16th annual awards ceremony in November. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chambers Ireland at 01 400 4300.
As with previous years, LGiU Ireland will be sharing insights with full write-ups from the winning programmes and projects.