Chambers Ireland has unveiled the shortlist for the 2022 Local Government Excellence Awards, with Cork City Council shortlisting in five categories.
In its 19th year, the awards feature a total of 23 shortlisted local authorities in 15 categories, including a new addition, “Climate Change”, which highlights local authorities’ efforts to take action in this important area.
Cork City Council was shortlisted in a total of five categories, including Diversity and Inclusion for Pioneering Women with the Cork City Council Women’s Caucus; Improvement of the urban environment for community gardens in public parks; Festival of the Year for Cork Carnival of Science; Support sustainable communities for community response area teams; and Sustainable Environment for Cork City Council’s Air Quality Strategy.
The awards are given annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Minister of State for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke said: “Each year I am amazed by the caliber of nominations.
“The public servants and councilors who serve their communities have an unquestionably positive effect on the lives of citizens, and they should be immensely proud of their accomplishments.”
“Over the past two years I have spoken of how local authorities have responded to an unprecedented global event, demonstrating such flexibility and adaptability to respond to community calls and local supports for those suffering from isolation. and loneliness because of the Covid pandemic.”
He said that this year again, local authorities have “shown agility and played a fundamental role in welcoming and accommodating our Ukrainian citizens fleeing their country”.
Minister Burke congratulated all local authorities who submitted applications and acknowledged all of their hard work throughout the year.
Chambers Ireland chief executive Ian Talbot said the awards are the perfect platform to showcase the inventiveness and innovation that local authorities consistently deliver, which he says so often goes unnoticed.
“I would like to congratulate each of the shortlisted local authorities and acknowledge the excellent work undertaken at local government level nationwide.”
The recipients of the Excellence in Local Government Award will be announced at the annual ceremony on November 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood in Santry.