Featured image: Donegal Men’s Shed Showcase 2019
Four successful initiatives led by Donegal County Council have been shortlisted for Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020.
Chambers Ireland have unveiled the finalists of this year’s awards, which are held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The local authority has gained recognition for its work Supporting Sustainable Communities with the Donegal Men’s Shed Showcase 2019.
The council is also nominated in the tourism category for the Donegal Tourism Virtual Reality Wild Atlantic Way Experiences.
The Donegal Remote Working Strategy & Public Consultation has been shortlisted for a Promoting Economic Development award.
The Donegal County Council Thatch Repair Grant Scheme is also nominated for a Heritage and Built Environment award.
Now in its 17th year, the Excellence in Local Government Awards features a total of 86 projects from Local Authorities shortlisted over 16 categories.
Congratulating the Local Authorities shortlisted, Mr. Darragh O’Brien T.D., Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage stated, “My Department is delighted to support the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards again this year. The vital role played by local government in our communities has been very much to the fore in the past year, especially as the country responded to the COVID-19 emergency. It is imperative that the effort, commitment, innovation and agility of local authorities and their staff continues to be acknowledged through these formal awards.
“The projects that the local authorities have undertaken have helped maintain a sense of community, establish connections among our citizens and provide essential supports to the public at a crucial time. I wish to congratulate everyone for their hard work, commitment and resilience throughout the year, which is evident in all the applications submitted.
“I also wish to acknowledge the efforts made by Chambers Ireland to continue with these prestigious and important awards in very different times. The number and high calibre of applications submitted by local authorities, along with the organisation of Chambers Ireland, is most impressive. While we are not able to celebrate the entries and winners this year as we might have done in previous years, I would nonetheless heartily congratulate everyone involved on their achievements.”