DONEGAL County Council
has made the shortlist in a number of categories in
the Excellence in Local Government Awards. The local
authority's far-reaching Donegal Gathering
initiative has been shortlisted in the 'Supporting
Tourism' category. Its 'One Donegal Cultural
Diversity Month' has made the 'Festival of the Year'
shortlist with the Donegal Fire Service in the
running for the 'Outstanding Customer Service'
accolade for its response to the raging gorse fires
in May 2011. Senator Jimmy Harte said he was
"delighted" Donegal was strongly represented among
the nominees. The local authority is up against
other events such as the Tall Ships in Waterford and
services such as Dublin City Council's home grants
The awards are being run by Chambers Ireland in
association with the Department of Environment,
Community and Local Government.
Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, said: "The work
carried out by local authorities plays a key part in
the development of both the local economy and the
local community. The strength of applications this
year is to be commended and highlights the rich and
diverse initiatives taking place in communities
across the country.”
The winners in 17 categories will be announced on
November 8 at the Burlington Hotel Dublin. Other
gongs up for grabs are Supporting Active
Communities; Sports Development and Local Authority
Economic Efficiencies. Awards will also be presented
to the City/County Council of the Year and the
Town/Borough Council of the Year.