6 Monaghan County Council Projects Shortlisted for Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020

Following on from successfully picking the award for Heritage and Built Environment for ‘The Monaghan Spitfire – Life on the Border with a World at War’ Exhibit at the 2019 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, Monaghan County Council is again delighted to be shortlisted in 6 award categories in the 2020 Awards.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020 (ELG Awards), sponsored by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised.

The Awards highlight the important work that is carried out by local authorities for the benefit of local communities.

Monaghan County Council has been shortlisted in 6 of the 16 categories:

The 6 shortlisted projects are:

Promoting Sustainable CommunitiesClones Town Team
Best Practice in Citizen EngagementCouncil & Community Collaboration in Scotshouse Village
Health & WellbeingAn Understanding of Romantic Relationships in Young People in Co Monaghan
Supporting Tourism Sliabh Beagh Masterplan
Sustaining the ArtsThe Patrick Kavanagh Exhibition & Multipurpose Performance venue
Initiative through the Municipal DistrictsRecreational Developments at Rossmore Forest Park


Councillor Colm Carthy, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, commented, ‘Monaghan may be a small county but we punch way above our weight when it comes to community involvement and initiatives. The work carried out by the people of this county, supported by the staff and elected representatives of Monaghan County Council, continues to impress me on a daily basis and, to get national recognition for that work is icing on the cake. We have some very strong entries in this years competition and I look forward to, hopefully, welcoming news of an award or two coming our way at the end of November.’

Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, added, “Following on from our success at the 2019 Awards and indeed in previous years, Monaghan County Council has again performed very well in this year’s awards scheme and we are delighted to have six separate initiatives shortlisted for the 2020 Excellence in Local Government Awards.  The projects nominated highlight the diverse range of services provided by the Local Authority to the people of Monaghan and the proactive engagement with our communities and citizens.  These projects help to strengthen our communities and support businesses and individuals.”

This year, the awards ceremony will be held online and will be hosted by Mary Kennedy on Thursday, 26 November 2020.  Awards will be presented for excellence in 16 different categories and one Local Authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2020.