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Fingal is named top local authority

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 1:00pm
Fingal is named top local authority

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien collects the award for Best Practice in Citizen Engagement with the Our Balbriggan team and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly.

Fingal is named top local authority

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien collects the award for Best Practice in Citizen Engagement with the Our Balbriggan team and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly.

STAFF and management at Fingal County Council were celebrating after it was announced they had been named Local Authority of the Year.

Fingal won the top prize at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.

Fingal had been nominated in 11 different categories and picked up two awards as Our Balbriggan was named Best Practice in Citizen Engagement and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival was named Festival of the Year.

Siobhan Kinsella, President of Chambers Ireland, presented the award to Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly.

Mayor O’Brien described it as a huge honour for the  council, its elected members and its staff.

“We all work together to make Fingal the best place to live, work, visit and do business in and it is extremely humbling to be recognised as the best council in Ireland, especially in the year that we celebrate our 25th anniversary,” he said.

Ms Farrelly said: "Being named as Local Authority of the Year is recognition of the excellent work all our staff and elected members do every day on behalf of the citizens of Fingal.

“It also shows we are a progressive council and one that is always looking for new and better ways to deliver our services.”

Chief executive of Chambers Ireland Ian Talbot said Fingal County Council was the well-deserved winner of the overall award.

“They have shown engagement across the different facets of the Fingal community, and with the development and sustainability of Fingal’s localities and environment, to achieve this accolade,” said Mr Talbot.

“For their commitment to serving their community, and also raising their area’s profile nationally as a stand-out destination, Fingal County Council deserve to be commended and have earned their title of Local Authority of the Year.”

 The other Fingal County Council projects short-listed for awards were:

• Healthy Fingal Learning Portal in Health & Wellbeing

• The Fingal Events Unit in Supporting Tourism

• End to end Mobile Solution for Private Rented Dwelling Inspections in Local Authority Innovation

• Pollinator Friendly Free Tree Initiative in Sustainable Environment

• STEAM through Fingal in Best Library Service

• Smart Street Furniture in Enhancing the Urban Environment

• The Conservation, Restoration and Extension of The Casino building, Malahide in Heritage and Built Environment

• Irish Aphasia Theatre in Disability Services Provision

• The Acorn Project in Age Friendly Initiatives.

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