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Cork City Council and Library Services Lauded at Local Government Awards

Cork City Council’s Housing Directorate won in the Local Authority Innovation category for its Competitive Dialogue Housing Delivery Process. This process has been key to Cork City Council unlocking viable housing development opportunities across the city more rapidly than traditional procurement models.

Hollyhill Library was the winner in the Disability Services Provision section for its services for families with children with autism or sensory issues. It offers families with a child with autism a private library visit before the library opens to the public:  no lights, no vacuum cleaner, from 9.30am – 10am, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “I would like to congratulate the team at Cork City Libraries and in the Housing Directorate for the innovative approach to their work. The services for children with autism and sensory issues are a huge benefit to families while the wider use of the Cork City Council Competitive Dialogue model could speed up social housing provision across the state. I would also like to congratulate Cork County Council on their wins last night”.

Cork City Council was shortlisted in four of the 16 categories in the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. Cork City Council’s Environment and Recreation Directorate was shortlisted for the ‘Greening of Glow’, or their use of green bins as part of the city’s GLOW, Cork Christmas Celebration. Recycling, composting and general waste bins were provided around the city centre venue with Green Elves on hand to give advice on where best to place waste.  Cork City Council’s Tourism, Events and Arts Marketing Office (TEAM) was shortlisted for its 2016 Commemoration Programme which was devised after widespread consultation with citizens.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards recognise best practice in local government and  are held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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