Team Limerick Clean-Up and Innovate Limerick win Excellence in Local Government Awards.
Joining Munster legend, Paul O’Connell in launching Team Limerick Clean-Up were students, Liam Griffin, 8, Brooke O’Neill, 8, Clodagh De Paor, 11 and Seamus O’Sial, 11 from The Model School Limerick, at the Peoples Park to launch Team Limerick Clean-up Campaign. Picture: Alan Place.
Limerick City and County Council received two Excellence in Local Government Awards on Thursday 24 Nov 2016.
Team Limerick Clean-Up and Innovate Limerick won their respective categories and received their prizes at a gala ceremony in Dublin.
The Excellence in Local Government Awards are run by Chambers Ireland and showcase best practice in local government. They recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within the sector that can often go unrecognised.
The Awards are judged by a panel of expert judges and have been taking place since 2004.
Team Limerick Clean-Up won the Supporting Active Communities category beating entries from Fingal, Meath and South Dublin County Councils.
Sinead McDonnell, Environmental Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council collected the award on behalf of Team Limerick Clean-up.
Sinead said she was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the thousands of people who take part in TLC: “It is truly an honour to be accepting this award. We have worked very hard to work with and support communities across Limerick in the TLC project. They have taken it to their hearts and have taken ownership of it. I’m accepting the award on behalf of all the volunteers.”
Innovate Limerick were also big winners on the night taking the award for Promoting Economic Development. Cork, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Mayo and Offaly County Councils were the other shortlisted local authorities in this category.
Head of Innovate Limerick, Mike Cantwell said: “We are delighted to win the award and be recognised for our efforts in improving the economic landscape of Limerick city and county. Our range of projects is quite significant. From Troy Studios, the Production and Digital Skills Academy and Innovation Hub in the city, to the rejuvenation of the old Andersen factory in Rathkeale and the Kantoher Enterprise Centre, we are working hard to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in Limerick, helping to drive Limerick forward. It’s an honour to have been singled out for this award by the judges.”
Limerick City and County Council had two other shortlisted entries, the HAP Shared Services Centre in the Local Authority Innovation category and the Implementation of Customer Services Centres was shortlisted for Outstanding Customer Service.