Donegal’s Road Safety Officer wins national award

Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Eamonn Brown has won the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Award’.

Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Eamonn Brown has won the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Award’.

He will travel to Farmleigh House in Dublin today to receive the award from the Road Safety Authority Chairman, Gay Byrne.

Speaking before leaving to collect the award, he said: “I am delighted to receive the RSA award for my work in road safety. I have been very fortunate to work with dedicated Council Staff, Emergency Service personnel and the wider community whose commitment to improving road safety in Donegal has been second to none. Whilst improvements have been made in recent years more needs to be done and I hope this award can be used to inspire everyone to continue this important work.”

County Manager Seamus Neely said that he was “delighted for Eamonn” and said that “it was a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication that Eamonn has put into his job in the last six years with Donegal County Council”.

He added: “This award recognises the innovative, creative and inspirational approach that Eamonn has brought to this post and in particular his skills in working with all the agencies involved in Road Safety at a local, regional and national level. The success of the various Road Safety campaigns run in Donegal and, in particular, campaigns that have targeted audiences who are often hard to reach such as young men, is testament to the creative and unique approaches that have been taken by Eamonn in promoting road safety in Donegal.”

The Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards were introduced in 2008 to celebrate the outstanding efforts of people across Ireland to make roads safer for everyone. These awards provide a special opportunity for members of the public to honour the contribution of exceptional people who promote road safety in their communities.

The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty joined with the County Manager in congratulating Eamonn on winning this award saying that “initiatives such as the annual Road Safety Roadshow targeting approximately 3,000 young people each year and the cross-border Road Safety campaigns which see services on both sides of the border coming together to promote safety on our roads are great examples of Eamonn’s success as the Road Safety Officer in Donegal.” He added: “Eamonn Brown is a very worthy winner of this award and I am delighted for him.”