15 Fingal projects shortlisted for national awards

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Fifteen Fingal County Council projects have been short-listed for prestigious national awards.

The All-Ireland Community and Council Awards, presented by LAMA and sponsored by IPB Insurance, are an opportunity to highlight and promote the work carried out in communities across Dublin.

Now in their 15th year, the awards have consistently showcased the successful collaborations between communities and councils over the years and have provided a platform for recognising and acknowledging unsung heroes.

In 2020, ten Fingal County Council led projects were nominated in eight categories with ‘Community Car’ Age Friendly Sustainable Transport Service in Fingal winning for ‘Best Community Based Initiative’.

Fingal Digital Strategy Unit. Pictured are Sharon Hennessy, Adult Education, DDLETB, Cllr Pamala Conroy, Aisling Hyland, Fingal Digital Strategy Unit, Clodagh Kelly, Magnet Networks. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

A total of ten Fingal projects and initiatives have been nominated in nine categories for this year’s awards. Among the Fingal nominations are:

  • Whitestown Estate Management – Community Environmental Initiatives

in Best Environmental or Ecological Project or Initiative

  • Contactless Bottle Filling Station and Fingal Co Co Public Wi-Fi Roadmap

in Best Business Working with the Community

  • Clean Up! in Best Waste Management Programme
  • Free Outdoor Wi-Fi in Best Connected Council
  • Millennium Park in Best Public Park
  • Weather Station for Schools

in Climate Change in Best Education/Training Initiative

  • Weather Station for Schools

in Climate Change in Best CSR Community Programme

  • Swords Castle Conservation Project in Best Heritage Project
  • Fingal Festival of History in Arts/Culture (inc. festivals & events)

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by popular RTÉ presenter Marty Morrissey, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, on November 27.

Fingal Co Co projects have also been nominated in five of the 16 categories in the Chambers Ireland 2021 Excellence in Local Government Awards. Only 90 projects from 20 councils have been short-listed. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 18 November. The five Fingal categories are:   

  • Gearing Up for Training in Supporting Sustainable Communities
  • Inside Fingal Podcast in Local Authority Innovation
  • Transcending Time, Artist Aoife Dunne in Sustaining the Arts
  • Swords Castle Conservation Project in Heritage and Built Environment
  • Digifit for All in Disability Services Provision

Last year, Fingal Co Co won the Supporting Sustainable Communities Award for the Shop Local Website.

Mayor of Fingal. Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh said: “I offer my congratulations to everyone who planned, assisted with and worked tirelessly on these incredibly interesting and innovative projects to ensure their implementation.

“The shortlisting of Fingal led projects by LAMA and Chambers Ireland are particularly welcome this year given the very challenging circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic in recent times. These nominations are a tribute to the outstanding commitment and dedication of the council in its ongoing work on behalf of the communities we serve. I extend my best wishes for a successful outcome at both awards ceremonies next month.”

Chief Executive of Fingal Co Co AnnMarie Farrelly added: “It is a great testament to the incredible work carried out by the council, in conjunction with our local communities over the last year that we have nominations in both the All Ireland Community and Council Awards, and the Chambers Ireland 2021 Excellence in Local Government Awards.

“I wish all Fingal entrants the very best of luck in this year’s awards and I hope we can build on the successes achieved in previous years” she noted.

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