Celebrating Irish local government

In recognition of Your Council Day 2024, LGIU has curated a collection of resources showcasing the outstanding achievements and best practices in public service delivery across Ireland’s local government system. This collection highlights the dedication and commitment of Irish local councils in addressing the needs of their communities, as well as their constant innovation which continues to raise the bar for excellence in local governance.

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Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2023

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Winners of the Chambers Ireland 2023 Excellence in Local Government Awards

An awards ceremony which showcases the high level of best practice in Irish local government, LGIU Ireland was pleased to participate in the judging and coverage of Chambers Ireland 2023 Excellence in Local Government Awards. In this article, we bring you the winners in the 15 categories to showcase the high level of best practice in public service delivery, a hallmark of the local government system in Ireland. Read this article.

South Dublin County Council’s award-winning Tallaght District Heating Scheme

This article from South Dublin County Council showcases their award-winning Tallaght District Heating Scheme, which is harnessing wasted heat energy from a nearby Amazon data centre and supplying heat to institutions and homes in Tallaght town centre. Read this article.

Fingal County Council’s ‘3D/Virtual Reality Models of Public Realm Projects’

This article, as part of our series showcasing 2023 Chambers Ireland winners, explores Fingal County Council’s innovative 3D model web-viewer and VR experience revolutionising public consultation for public realm planning. This approach addresses challenges associated with traditional public consultation, fostering citizen engagement in shaping sustainable and inclusive spaces. Read here. 

Revitalising Mount Congreve: Waterford City and County Council’s Supporting Tourism Award

In this article, Waterford City and County Council unpack their award-winning Mount Congreve redevelopment project – highlighting why the project received the 2023 Chambers Ireland Supporting Tourism Award and has been acclaimed for its heritage, sustainability and tourism benefits. Read this article.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s innovative Beaufort energy retrofit project

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Beaufort housing energy retrofit project received the ‘Local Authority Innovation Award’ at the 2023 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. This article delves into the delivery of this innovative project and shares the overall benefits it’s had on the Beaufort residents. Read here.

Bridging the digital divide: Wicklow County Council’s One-to-One Digital project

This article unpacks Wicklow County Council’s award-winning One-to-One Digital project, which addresses digital literacy challenges by pairing adult learners with trained student tutors. The program’s success in fostering digital skills and community connection underscores its potential for replication in other councils. Read this article. 

Carlow County Council's Sustaining the Arts Award

This article from Carlow County Council showcases their Borris Lace by Post and Borris Lace Exchange projects, which were awarded the Sustaining the Arts award at the 2023 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The projects not only provided a wonderful creative outlet for the community but also mitigated social and rural isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read this article.

Project Air View: Dublin City Council's award winning collaboration with Google

This article from Dublin City Council showcases their award-winning Project Air View initiative, which was launched in partnership with Google and measured local street-level air quality for the first time in Ireland. The initiative received the Sustainable Environment and Biodiversity Award. Read here.

Best practice across Irish local government

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125 years of local administration in Ireland

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, reflects on Ireland’s constrained local government system and limited democratic oversight compared to other European nations. Highlighting challenges and opportunities facing the country, he emphasises that a strong local government system is vital for national prosperity. Read this article.

How Offaly County Council is building the society and workforce of the future

This article explores Offaly County Council’s STEAM Robotics Programme, a nationally and internationally recognised initiative led by the Council that is having a real impact on the developmental needs of children in the Midlands. Read here.

Limerick City and County Council – Local Authority of the Year 2023

Limerick City and County Council has been recognized for its exemplary work, receiving the Local Authority of the Year award in 2023. This briefing explores the council’s forward-thinking approach, focused on economic growth, sustainability, community development and cultural advancement, and showcases Limerick as a model of progress for other regions to emulate. Read here.

A Wexford Telehealth Project that aims to support older people to age in place

Winning the Age-Friendly Initiative in the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards, this article features an overview of the Telehealth Project undertaken by a multi-agency stakeholder group in County Wexford. Read here.

‘Decarbonising Communities Network’ in Mayo County Council

In this article, as part of our series of articles showcasing the latest local government innovation from the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards,  Mayo County Council share the story behind the award-winning Decarbonising Communities Network. Read this article.

Navigating the peaks and troughs in local government – Interview with NILGA President Cllr Matt Garrett

Elected for a second term as President of NILGA, Cllr Matt Garrett chatted with Thomas from LGIU to discuss his time in local government and future ambitions. He reflects on local government in Northern Ireland and how NILGA aims to bring the sector on a transformational journey in the coming years. Read here.

In conversation with Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council

Next in our interview series of local government Chief Executives, Thomas and Hannah from LGIU Ireland spoke with Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council. Covering the opportunities and challenges facing Longford County Council and the role of local government in climate action, make sure you read more about one of Ireland’s innovative local authorities. Read this interview.

Best practice from Ireland – Guidance manual for Fingal community facilities

With 35 community centres and serving one of the fastest growing areas in Ireland, Fingal County Council looks to support the highest standards of facilities management and good governance in their community facilities while ensuring they are meeting the ever-changing needs of local communities. Read here.