Wicklow County Council awarded Council of the Year

Wicklow County Council had a very successful night at the Community and Council Awards over the weekend as they secured the ‘Council of the Year’ award once again. The Black Tie awards ceremony held at The Royal Dublin Convention Centre saw Wicklow claiming the award for the second time in recent years having won it as recently as 2022.

The Council of the Year award is bestowed upon local councils which have gone above and beyond for the people of their community in the previous year. The honour is given to the most progressive Councils who continue to develop diverse and inclusive initiatives that aim to enhance the social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of community lives.

“Wicklow’s win is a direct result of the outstanding work and commitment of staff and communities across the County. It was an honour to attend on the night and watch our County shine.” – Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy

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Cathoirleach Aoife Flynn-Kennedy, Independant Cllr. Peir Leonard, Donal O’Keefe LAWPRO, Emer O’Gorman CEO Wicklow County Council

Independent Arklow Councillor, Peir Leonard and Donal O’Keefe of LAWPRO were also  acknowledged on the night for their work on the ‘Headwaters to Headlands project’ alongside project partners Wicklow County Council, County Wicklow Partnership, Local Authority Waters Programme, East Wicklow Rivers Trust, Arklow Maritime Museum, Coillte & SSE Airtricity

Now in its 18th year, the award scheme hosted by LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) and IPB Insurance, recognises and celebrates communities and the country’s 31 local authorities working together.

Chairman of IPB Insurance, the awards long term headline sponsor and partner, John Hogan, said: “IPB Insurance takes great pride in serving as the primary sponsor of the Community and Council Awards in collaboration with the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA). As the mutual insurer to Ireland’s local authorities, we are thrilled to support these Awards which celebrate the unique and symbiotic relationship enjoyed by local authorities and their communities. These accolades showcase the potential of local level community volunteerism when it is fostered and championed.”

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Emer O’Gorman who has just celebrated her fist year in her current role added: “I’m incredibly proud of the team in Wicklow, grateful for the support of our Elected Members and the work of our communities, volunteers and stakeholders in continuing to work to make Wicklow a great place to live, work, play and do business in.”


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