Council’s budgeting initiative recognition at Vienna seminar

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The first ever Participative Budgeting on the island of Ireland was recognised at an event in Vienna on November 17 2018.

The “€300K HAVE YOUR SAY” initiative was one of 80 short listed from over 600 nominations across Europe at the second Innovation in Politics Seminar.

The initiative has already resulted in diverse projects including a children’s playground in Palmerstown, Christmas lights in Lucan Village, a native Apple Tree Orchard and a Men’s Shed in Clondalkin being proposed and voted on by the people of Lucan in 2017 and Clondalkin 2018.

Independent Cllr Guss O’Connell, who along with Mayor Mark Ward and Cllr Dermot Looney made the trip to Vienna for the seminar, said: “The Innovation in Politics was launched two years ago to recognise good work done by Politicians and to promote Democracy.

“We all hear when political effort goes wrong but there are plenty of situations where politicians stick their necks out and do make a difference, but it’s seldom recognised.

“Participative Budgeting gives citizens a real say in how at least some of council resources are used, has now received the highest possible recognition at European level.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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