Staff from Limerick City and County Council pick up their award for the Team Limerick Cleanup, with Minister Damien English
LIMERICK City and County Council has won two Excellence in Local Government awards.
The Team Limerick Clean-Up, an initiative backed by the Limerick Leader, and the council’s economic arm Innovate Limerick both secured awards at the event, which took place 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.
Team Limerick Clean-Up won the Supporting Active Communities category beating entries from Fingal, Meath and South Dublin County Councils.
And Innovate Limerick won in the category of promoting economic development.
It finished ahead of entries from Cork, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Mayo and Offaly County Councils were the other shortlisted local authorities in this category.
Sinead McDonnell, the council’s environmental awareness officer collected the award on behalf of the Team Limerick Clean-Up, which saw thousands of volunteers clean their communities on Good Friday last.
She said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Innovate Limerick boss Mike Cantwell added: “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.