Pictured at the All Ireland Community Council Awards 2018, Cllr Winston Bennett, LAMA Representative from Cavan County Council, Pat Fitzgerald, Economic Development Limerick City and County Council, Limerick 2030 An Economic Social Plan winner of Best Local Authority for Attracting Inward Investment with Cllr John Sheahan, Mayor Stephen Keary, Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing, Communications Limerick City and County Council, and Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA. Photo: Paul Sherwood.
Limerick wins two awards at All Ireland Community Council Awards 2018
Limerick City and County Council has won on the double at the All Ireland Community and Council Awards 2018.
The awards, which are in their 12th year, recognise and celebrate community and councils working together and are presented by IPB Insurance and the Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA).
They highlight and celebrate the work done by the local authorities and also volunteers within our communities, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives.
In 2018 more than 150 entries were received across 20 categories. Following a rigorous judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted for the All Ireland Community Council Awards 2018 ceremony which took place in Croke Park.
Limerick.ie won for Best Connected Council (Communications and Digital Marketing). The award highlighted the range of digital marketing and communications employed by the council in launching the revamped limerick.ie as a new digital platform for businesses, visitors and locals. Limerick City and County Council worked with local media agency Piquant to devise a digital marketing and communications strategy that best suited the new platform.
Limerick City and County Council also scooped the award for Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment for Limerick 2030: An Economic & Spatial Plan for Limerick, its blueprint for the development of Limerick city and county over the next 12 years. The plan aims to transform Limerick through the economic, social and physical renaissance of Limerick City Centre and the wider Mid West Region. The Limerick Twenty Thirty Designated Activity Company has been established arising out of the plan to focus on the development of key strategic sites around Limerick.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary said, “Congratulations to the Limerick winners and to the others who were shortlisted. It is always good to be recognised by your peers for a job well done. Limerick is leading the way in embracing the digital age by using technology to bring all our services closer to our citizens and plotting the future economic development of Limerick in these uncertain times. And all this work being done by the council is now recognised with these awards.”
Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Council commented on their aim, “Our aim is to always present Limerick in a positive light, to give information about Council services, and be number one when searching the internet for information on Limerick. We’re delighted to have been recognised for our promotional efforts in showcasing Limerick’s unique selling points.”
“Limerick.ie has been designed around its users in the community and is the most innovative local authority platform in Ireland and we’re looking forward to continuing to build on the site’s strengths and functionality to continue to showcase the very best of Limerick life.”
“The award as best local authority in attracting inward investment is a significant acknowledgement of Limerick’s progress in attracting some world-class foreign direct investment for Limerick city and county,” commented Dr Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development with Limerick City and County Council, “It’s also a significant acknowledgement of the ongoing hard work and efforts made by the council and the other stakeholders in achieving this. We are confident we can build on this achievement into the future.”
Limerick was shortlisted in two other categories in the All Ireland Community Council Awards 2018. Beat the Street from Limerick Sports Partnership was shortlisted for Best Community Health Initiative, and Dreamland, Share A Dream’s Fun Centre, which is Ireland’s first all-inclusive play centre was shortlisted in the Best Disability Access and Inclusion category in the All Ireland Community Council Awards 2018.
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