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Cork City Council wins two Irish eGovernment Awards

 Cork City Council wins two eGovernment Awards
Front row, left to right: Ger Desmond, Information Systems Dept., Joe Gavin, City Manager, Eileen O’Leary, IS Dept., Cork City Council. 
Back row, left to right: Alan Cournane and Catherine Kelly, Community & Enterprise Directorate, Ruth Buckley, Head of Information Systems, Cork City Council, Ann O’Sullivan, Cork Access Group and Al Devine, IS Dept., Cork City Council.

The Access Cork website, developed by Cork City Council, won two Irish eGovernment Awards - Accessible Irish eGovernment Award and the Project Management Irish eGovernment Award – at the 2008 Irish eGoverment Awards.

The Awards were presented by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD on Thursday 21st February 2008 at a Gala Dinner in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin, attended by over 350 guests.

Head of Information Systems, Cork City Council, Ruth Buckley was delighted with the Awards: “The Accessibility Award is particularly appreciated by our staff as it is Cork City Council’s third time being nominated for such an Award in the last three years. The Project Management Award reflects the City Council’s on-going efforts to implement best practice in this area.”

Cork City Council adopted a participative approach in the preparation of the website.  The steering group included representatives from Cheshire Homes, Enable Ireland, Cork Disability Interest Group, Cork Access Group, Cork Association for the Deaf, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cork Centre for Independent Living and People with Disabilities in Ireland.

Director of Services, Community & Enterprise, Jim O’Donovan also welcomed the Awards: “The Community and Enterprise Directorate is very pleased to be involved in this very worthwhile and useful project that provides information in a user-friendly and easy manner.”

The website provides information which helps people with disabilities, their families and friends identify accessible shops, restaurants, pubs, accommodation and entertainment venues in Cork city.  The content reflects the day to day experiences of people with disabilities and assists in deciding whether a particular venue meets their access requirements by answering key everyday questions such as:

·        How do I gain access to a building?

·        Is there an accessible toilet on the premises?

·        Once inside is a venue entirely accessible?

The Irish eGovernment Awards, jointly run by the Public Sector Times newspaper and web usage and content experts Elucidate, are now in their sixth year. They are the recognised benchmark for excellence in Irish eGovernment services and standards. The Awards raise awareness and recognise the innovators, developers, forward thinkers and experts who are pioneering the changes happening in how the Irish Government delivers services to its citizens.

The full list of categories/winners may be viewed on


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