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Cork City Council wins Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award

Cork City Council was last night awarded a Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award, for its contribution to the 'I WISH' initiative.  The 12th annual awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.  The Awards ceremony celebrate and recognise the best of Local Government.

Cork City Council was the overall category winner in the Promoting Economic Development category.

I WISH stands for Inspire young Women to Investigate opportunities in STEM.  The levels of female participation in STEM are low, and that is why I WISH was founded.  The core objectives of I WISH are:

  • Encourage participation of young women in STEM
  • Influence subject choices in transition year
  • Improve STEM branding among young women
  • Inform parents and teachers about career choices
  • Provide role models for young women interested in STEM
  • Inspire girls to pursue careers in these essential fields 

Deputy Lord Mayor Mick Nugent accepted the award on behalf of Cork City Council from Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. 

“Ensuring that education matches the needs of industry is vital to the country’s prosperity” said the Deputy Lord Mayor.  “Cork City Council has been a proud supporter of the I WISH project from the outset.”

The Deputy Lord Mayor paid particular tribute to the three founders of the 'I WISH' initiative; Ruth Buckley, Head of the City Council’s ICT & Business Services Directorate, Gillian Keating, former President of Cork Chamber and partner RDJ and Caroline O'Driscoll, Vice Chair it@cork and partner KPMG. 

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