Dec 13, 2023 | Featured Articles

Limerick City and County Council was named ‘Local Authority of the Year’ for 2023 at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards as the 20th annual awards ceremony on 23 November in Dublin showcased and celebrated the best of local government in Ireland.

The overall award recognised the council’s extensive work in promoting Limerick as a positive, inclusive and sustainable place to live, work, visit and invest. Limerick City and County Council also won two category awards for ‘Student Planners: Inspiring Future Generations’ and ‘Limerick on Foot’, while eight more projects from Limerick were shortlisted for awards.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, said that being namedLocal Authority of the Year 2023’ was a resounding endorsement of the hard work done every day by the management and staff at Limerick City and County Council. “They are at the forefront of driving Limerick’s economic growth and improving the quality of life for every citizen. This is another example of the different kind of energy that is setting Limerick apart.”

Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, said: “It is a fantastic recognition of the work being carried out daily by our dedicated staff. With the enthusiastic support of our elected representatives, and in collaboration with communities and other stakeholders, we are delivering for every citizen in the county.

“Our award-winning and shortlisted projects span from environmental initiatives to promoting healthy living, fostering economic development, boosting tourism, and enriching the arts. We have a community-centric strategy and a dedication to nurturing entrepreneurial spirit, pursuing vibrant living spaces, and elevating Limerick’s national and international profile.”

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said: “Time and again local authorities display immense agility in responding to the challenges which they are presented with – whether that’s a global pandemic or an unjust war and the unprecedented influx of people fleeing it.”

He said that the calibre of applications was outstanding yet again, and he commended all the applicants, those shortlisted and the winners. “While the award ceremony offers a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the work undertaken by our local authorities, the Government’s appreciation of our local authorities all year round,” he concluded.

TJ Hunter, Senior Director at Ørsted UK & Ireland (headline awards sponsor), added: “For Ireland to fight climate change, we need industry, community and government to work in partnership, challenge the status quo, and together build a better society. All winning projects started as ideas that were pushed to become realities, and now create legacies to be proud of.”


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