Chambers Ireland reveals the shortlist of the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018

2018 marks the fifteenth edition of the Awards, which features a total of twenty one local authorities shortlisted over sixteen categories, ranging from ‘Supporting Tourism’ to ‘Best Practice in Citizen Engagement.’ 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 TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government stated

“The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, which my Department is very proud to support, gives local authorities the opportunity to showcase the invaluable, impactful and often very innovative work they do in making our communities better places in which to live, work and play. I would like to congratulate Chambers Ireland for their important work in managing these awards every year.”

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

“The extraordinary range and ambition of the projects which have been put forward this year exemplifies the vital work carried out by local authorities all over the country.

We are always encouraged to see that local authorities, regardless of their size, consistently work hard to deliver quality services while striving to innovate. We are therefore very pleased to have the opportunity each year to showcase this work though our Excellence in Local Government Awards.

This year we have introduced the new category, ‘Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts’, which recognises the contributions municipal districts make to local authorities across the country.

On this 15th edition of the Awards, I would like to congratulate each of the twenty one shortlisted local authorities and acknowledge the excellent work being undertaken at Local Government level nationwide.”

The Excellence in Local Government Award winners will be announced at the 15th annual awards ceremony on 22nd November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. Awards will be presented for excellence in sixteen different categories and one local authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2018.

For further information contact Elisha Collier O’Brien on 01 4004326 or

Complete Shortlist for ELG Awards 2018:

New 2018 Category: Outstanding initiative through the Municipal Districts
• Clare County Council – Friars Walk Coach Park Ennis -Coach Friendly Destination
• Wexford County Council – Love
• Limerick City & County Council – Traffic Calming Measures for the Town of Rathkeale
• Monaghan County Council – Redevelopment of Ballybay Town Park
• Wicklow County Council – Arklow Town Team

Supporting Active Communities
• Cavan County Council – Cavan Older People’s Council Intergenerational Project.
• Clare County Council – Clare Library Outreach Service to Kilmaley Daycare and Health Centre Clare
• Fingal County Council – Fingal Kaleidoscope Intergenerational Project (Seniors & Four Year Olds)
• Kerry County Council – The development of ‘Community and Business Alliance Structures’
• Limerick City and County Council – Balance Bike Initiative
• Monaghan County Council – Know ME not the Stereotype

Best Practice in Citizen Engagement
• Clare County Council – Community Mobilisation Unit: Rural & Community Development Officer
• Cork City Council – The Lord Mayor’s Civic and Community and Voluntary Awards
• Kerry County Council – “Access for All: Disability awareness workshop”
• Leitrim County Council – Use Your Brain Not Your Fists
• Limerick City & County Council – Limerick Clothing Factory

Health & Wellbeing
• Cavan County Council – Cavan Rainbow Youth: An LGBT Youth Support Service in County Cavan
• Fingal County Council – Fingal Athletics League
• Limerick City and County Council – Healthy Limerick
• Mayo County Council – Its for Girls
• Monaghan County Council – Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg
• South Dublin County Council – MedEx Health Programme

Supporting Tourism
• Cork County Council – ‘Skibbereen: The Famine Story’
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: A Tourism Destination for All
• Fingal County Council – The Fingal Tourism Development Office (FTDO)
• Galway County Council – Connemara – Wild At Heart
• Mayo County Council – Wild Mayo Tourism Brand Development and Marketing Campaign
• Monaghan County Council – Refurbishment of the Carrickmacross Market House Building
• Waterford City and County Council – King of the Vikings – the World’s First Viking Virtual Reality Adventure

Promoting Economic Development
• Clare Local Authority – Addressing the Rural Development Challenge
• Galway County Council – Galway & West of Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy
• Limerick City & County Council – ENGINE
• Meath County Council – Kells Tech – The Kells International Technology Hub 2017 and beyond
• Monaghan County Council – Monaghan Town Voucher

Local Authority Innovation
• Clare County Council – Clare County Councils Digital Hub Programme
• Cork City Council – Bishopsgrove Supported Student Accommodation
• Dublin City Council – Centralised Bus Priority System
• Kerry County Council – Plant Hire DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System)
• Monaghan County Council – Community Property Marking Scheme
• South Dublin County Council – Creation of the Fourth Generation Dedicated Communications Network

Sustainable Environment
• Clare County Council – The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
• Cork City Council – Sustainable Canteen Project
• Limerick City and County Council – Bridge Street Urban Herb Garden
• Monaghan County Council – The Derryvalley Catchment Project
• South Dublin County Council – South Dublin County Council’s Tree Management Policy 2015-2020 ‘Living With Trees’

Disability Services Provision
• Clare County Council – Disability Services at Active Ennis Leisure Complex
• Fingal County Council – Rush Community Playground
• Kildare County Council – Toys, Technology and Training
• Monaghan County Council – Everybody Plays – Inclusive Playground Policy

Best Library Service
• Donegal County Council – Wainfest Arts and Book Festival
• Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Library Service – Prince, the tail of Prince Charming.
• Kildare County Council – Athy Community Library
• Limerick City and County Council – Read Your Mind Project
• South Dublin County Council – In My Day – Intergenerational Storytelling Project
• Wexford County Council – Work Matters

Sustaining the Arts
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Exit 15: Connecting through the Arts
• Leitrim County Council – Creative Frame
• Limerick City and County Council – Limerick School of Spectacle
• Longford County Council – Longford Schools Photography Programme
• Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council – Hearth – Art for Older People at Home
• Monaghan County Council – DRUM – Portrait of a Village

Joint Local Authority Initiative
• Clare County Council – Lough Derg Blueway
• Longford County Council – Midlands Arts & Culture Magazine
• Monaghan County Council –, Ireland’s Leading Online Repair Directory

Festival of the Year
• Clare County Council – ‘BiaFest – Food of the Banner County’
• Cork County Council – Youghal Medieval Festival
• Fingal County Council – The Flavours of Fingal County Show
• Limerick City and County Council – Riverfest
• Mayo County Council – Communications Department – Mayo Day: Made of Mayo
• South Dublin County Council – Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival 2017

Commemorations and Centenaries
• Clare County Council – Ennis Peace Park
• Galway County Council – Galway County 1916 Rising Heritage Trail
• Kildare County Council – Irish Military Seminar
• Meath County Council – Francis Ledwidge Centenary
• Wexford County Council – Redmond 100 — Centenary of the Death of John Redmond

Heritage and Built Environment
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Spring into Heritage: A Heritage Trilogy
• Fingal County Council – The Conservation, Management and Promotion of Fingal County Councils Heritage Properties.
• Galway County Council – Galway Gastronomy Heritage Project
• Limerick City and County Council – Lord Edward Street Housing Development, Limerick City
• South Dublin County Council – The Round Tower, Clondalkin- Brú Chrónáin

Enhancing the Urban Environment
• Clare County Council – The Aisling Development
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Monkstown Village Public Realm Project
• Fingal County Council – Rock Garden Park Swords
• Kildare County Council – Maynooth Harbour – A Cycling Network Intersection Project
• Wexford County Council – Library Park New Ross – An Clog Mor Amphitheatre