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Saturday 1 November 2014

Louth is the best!

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:20

LOUTH Local Authorities won four awards at the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Community and Council Awards presented in the Crowne Plaza, Santry on Saturday January 25th.

Louth Local Authorities won four awards at the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Community and Council Awards presented in the Crowne Plaza, Santry on Saturday January 25th.

It was acknowledged as the best council in the country, winning the Council of the Year award for 'its work in reaching out to and working with the community through its Economic Development, Age Friendly and Environmental Programmes which have seen the active partnership between the Local Authority, citizens of all ages, the commercial and hospitality sectors as well as external agencies deliver results beyond all expectations'.

The award 'recognises a local council which has gone above and beyond for the people of the community. It must have developed and be continuing to develop a range of innovative projects and initiatives which improve and enhance the social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of community lives'.

The other councils who were shortlisted for the award were Galway County Council, Ballyshannon Town Council and Westmeath County Council.

The Best County Council Award was accepted by the Vice-Chairman Cllr. Liam Reilly.

County Manager Ms Philomena Poole said the awards acknowledged the key role played by staff from a number of Departments in achieving such high accolades and Chairman Cllr Declan Breathnach also welcomed the recognition which the local authority has achieved.

The Louth Economic Forum took the honours in the Best Economic Partnership/Unit category while Blackrock Park was deemed to be the best Public Park as a result of a unique partnership between a developer, a local authority, funding agencies and the local community providing a large green space incorporating play facilities and landscaping for the enjoyment of the community at large and of all ages.

The Best Energy Smart initiative by a local authority was awarded to Dundalk Town Council for the work as part of the Coxes Demense regeneration project. Chairman Eamon O'Boyle in welcoming the award congratulated all involved in the project including the residents who have worked hand in hand with the staff in delivering this very important project.

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