Limerick’s local authority is national excellence winner

Ian Talbot, Conn Murray, Kevin Sheahan, Elaine Brick, Associate Director, AECOM and Minister Alan Kelly at the Chambers Irelands Annual Excellence in Local Government Awards
LIMERICK City and County Council has won an award for Local Authority of the Year.

LIMERICK City and County Council has won an award for Local Authority of the Year.

The merged local authority took the overall award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The award, which was judged by a panel of experts working in the field of Local Government, was given to CEO Conn Murray and Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan at an event in Dublin late last week, with the council also winning two other awards on the night.

““I am delighted that Limerick took home three awards including the overall prize and I’m particularly proud of the staff who have worked tremendously hard to make the amalgamation of both local authorities a success throughout the change process over the last number of years,” said Cllr Sheahan.

The authority also won awards for in the Smarter Travel category and the Local Authority Innovation for the merger of the city and county councils, which took place in June of this year.

“This was the biggest change to have occurred in the history of local government in Limerick and the largest merger of its kind ever undertaken in the Republic of Ireland,” said Cllr Sheahan.

“I am delighted that Limerick has proven itself to be innovative in how it has handled the transformation and how it joined up processes, systems and technology across our 500 services to prepare for a new Council.”

The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are held annually in association with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and sponsored by AECOM, EirGrid, The European Recycling Platform, Fáilte Ireland and Tipperary Crystal.

Congratulating Limerick City and County Council, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said Limerick’s local authority was given the award in recognition of “the transformational change that the organisation has undergone through the merger.

“There’s a lot of hard work that goes on at the heart of communities on a daily basis by local authorities and I want to particularly congratulate the staff in Limerick who make all these projects and activities happen.”