COUNTY WICKLOW won its category in the Livcom Awards in Abu Dhabi, aimed at developing and sharing International Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment,
Wicklow won Category C for populations of 75,001 to 150,000, defeating areas in Poland, Peru, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and South Korea in the process.
The awards were held in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, and featured a wide range of projects. The awards also has the objective of improving the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ' liveable communities.'
County Wicklow was selected by Wicklow County Council as an entry into the awards, with Cllr. Grainne McLoughlin carrying out much of the research work involved. There had been some controversy over the council's decision to send over a delegation to Al Ain.
Deputy Billy Timmins was one of the first to offer his congratulations to all involved in Wicklow's win.
' This win for County Wicklow at The International Awards for Liveable Communities 2012 will ultimately benefit the people of Wicklow. Congratulations to all those involved with the project and who organised the entry into the competition. They put a lot of hard work into the presentation.'
At the 2011 Livcom Awards Wicklow's entries received medal recognition, with a gold medal won by Wicklow jointly with Norwich for cities and counties with a population ranging from 75,000 to 150,000. A silver medal was won in the Natural Category by the East Coast Nature Reserve in Newcastle for work there by Birdwatch Ireland in reclaiming land and restoring the fen.
County Wicklow was also successful in the LivCom Awards in 2008 when Greystones won the international Liveable Communities Award in the under 20,000 population category.