Monaghan County Council was yesterday (23 November 2017) named Local Authority of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The 14th annual Awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.
John Clancy, Head of Public Sector Business, Vodafone Ireland said, ‘We are delighted to sponsor the Chambers Ireland- Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. This is a unique and important event that recognises and celebrates the work that the local authorities contribute to communities all over Ireland. We are proud to work alongside Chambers Ireland and The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and would like to congratulate each of the local authorities who were recognised tonight, in particular the Monaghan County Council, who are named the Local Authority of the Year 2017.”
He added, “As Ireland’s leading total communications provider, we have made significant investment to expand its technology offering within the public sector. We are committed to supporting local authorities by providing a range of market leading communications to enhance efficiencies across local government operations, consumers and all types of businesses all over the country.”
Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said, “The Excellence in Local Government Awards demonstrate how each year Local Authorities work consistently to deliver services and initiatives that sustain, enhance and support our communities and local economies. Chambers Ireland is honoured to host these awards and recognise the dedication and hard work that takes place at local government level across Ireland. I want to congratulate Monaghan County Council, the 16 category winners, the many shortlisted organisations but also just as importantly, the people who made all these projects and activities happen.”
“Monaghan County Council has shown exceptional leadership through a vision for the future development of the locality and the broader economic region. Monaghan has demonstrated tremendous ambition and capacity for innovation across numerous projects and is recognised for its willingness to share best practice with peers. The drive to continuously improve and deliver better services to citizens makes Monaghan a worthy winner of Local Authority of the Year.”
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD commented about the awards, “These awards are an opportunity for each Local Authority to showcase to the public the hard work being undertaken year on year. It is important to recognise and reward the Local Authority’s work which is making a real impact and delivering tangible benefits for people in our communities. I am very appreciative to Chambers Ireland for the important work they carry out regarding the Excellence in Local Government Awards.”
Cathaoirleach Cathy Bennett accepted the award on behalf of Monaghan County Council and acknowledged the commitment and dedication of all staff in the delivery of services for the people and businesses in County Monaghan.
There were sixteen awards presented on the night plus the overall award for Local Authority of the Year. Individual awards were sponsored by: Lidl, ESB Networks, Healthy Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, AIB, LGiU Ireland, ERP, Waterford Crystal, Zurich, EirGrid, SIRO, Vodafone, Ervia, Shell E&P Ireland and An Post.