Fingal County Council has been nominated for the Council of the Year award in the 2019 All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA.
The Council is also a finalist in eight other categories. The winners will be announced on Saturday, 9 February at an awards ceremony in Croke Park which will be presented by RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey.
The LAMA awards exist to highlight and recognise communities and councils working together to enhance their local area and improve the lives and well-being of residents.
The Flavours of Fingal County Show which took place in June 2018 is a finalist in the Best Arts/Culture Initiative award category. Fingal Comhairle na nÓg ‘Perfect Imperfections’, a short film about body image and mental health, has also been nominated as a finalist for the Best Community Based Initiative category.
Other categories Fingal has been nominated in include the award for Best Disability Access and Inclusion initiative for which Rush Harbour Playground, Rush, Co. Dublin is a finalist.
Fingal County Council’s installation of electric vehicle charging points has also been nominated in two categories: The Best Energy Smart Initiative and The Best Environmental/Ecological Initiative. The Tropical Butterfly House in Malahide Castle is also a finalist in this category.
Newbridge House and Farm is a finalist in this year’s Best Heritage Project award while two Fingal public parks, Rock Garden Park in Swords and St Catherine’s Park in Dublin 15, are included in the list of finalists for Best Public Park.
Fingal County Council is also delighted that Balbriggan resident Betty Bebbington is a finalist in the 2019 Community Volunteer of the Year award.
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: “I am delighted to see that Fingal has been included as a finalist in a wide and diverse array of LAMA award categories. It is a reflection of the extent to which the Council’s various departments engage with community groups and volunteers to collaboratively improve Fingal’s environmental, social and cultural well-being as well.”
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “I would like to commend both the Fingal staff and community volunteers involved in each initiative listed as a finalist across the eight categories. I am particularly happy to see that their collective effort and dedication has resulted in Fingal County Council being nominated for Council of the Year award. The awards are an opportunity to highlight the work we do to make Fingal a better place to live, visit and work in and I am delighted that the Council is being recognised.”