Donegal County Council has been selected as ‘Council of the Year’ at the local authority ‘Oscars equivalent’ - the Lama Awards.
On Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel, tv presenter Miriam O’Callaghan confirmed to a packed audience that a Road Safety initiative by Donegal County Council saw them take the top honour.
led by County Mayor Noel McBride and County Manager Seamus Neely a delegation from the council took centre stage to accept the most prestigious award of the night.
First held in 2006, the LAMA Awards were created to recognise innovative local and national projects in the areas of infrastructure, community development, recreation and social impact initiatives.
Donegal County Council won Council of the Year with their flagship Road Safe Road Show, which graphically depicts how a night out can end in death or serious injury when poor driving behaviour is adopted. The event has been seen by over 12,000 young people in the last four years and includes real life testimonies from emergency services and road traffic collision victims.
Counties Cork, Wexford, Mayo and Limerick were also successful each winning two awards for their counties. Mayo County Council brought home the Grand Prix Award, while Dublin City Council won the Most Innovative Authority for their DubLinked submission. The National Impact Award was won by Dublin Airport Terminal 2 which also scooped Best Commercial Building later on in the night.
Commenting on the awards, Chairman of IPB Mutual Insurances George Jones said;
“These awards demonstrate the incredible work being done at community level around the country and the fact that we are seeing so much activity through local initiatives in what are difficult times, economically and socially, is very encouraging. The standard of initiatives submitted is particularly encouraging and the renewed emphasis on tourism and jobs focused projects is sending out a message that Ireland is open for business. I would like to recognise all those who submitted entries for their enthusiasm and overall contribution to their communities.”