Pictured at the recent Chamber Ireland Awards where Donegal County Council was winner of the Joint Local Authority Initiative award is Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland; Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council; Ger Grant, Letterkenny Chamber ; Damien English T.D. Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal; An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey; David McCoy, Waterford Crystal; Seamus Neely Chief Executive Donegal County Council; Joe Peoples, Director of Service, Donegal County Council.
Donegal County Council has scooped the Joint Local Authority Initiative award at this year’s Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.
This award was won by the Council for it’s work with Derry City and Strabane District Council on the North West of Ireland – A Strategic Model for Regional Development & Growth. This initiative sees a new approach to cross border regional development and co-operation which has been co-designed by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive. The initiative has also received the formal support of the North South Ministerial Council.
The 13th Annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award ceremony took place on Thursday last in association with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.
Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey believes that these awards are about highlighting the excellent work that is being done by local authorities across the country and to have this level of recognition for the approach that we have taken in the Northwest region is a great coup.
“This initiative is a great example of how two local authorities from different jurisdictions have led the way in establishing a new set of working arrangements that respond to the collaborative priorities of both Councils while also levering additionality in terms of investment and resources.”
Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said “we are delighted to receive this prestigious award. We have been working closely with our neighbours in Derry City and Strabane District Council to put in place a new approach to cross-border regional development that will allow us to make the most of our unique position and geographic location and to maximise the potential for co-operation, development and investment in a co-ordinated and flexible way.”