South Dublin County Council scoops two awards at the All Ireland Community and Council AwardsBack to List
South Dublin County Council scoops two awards at the All Ireland Community and Council Awards.
Council wins Best Connected Council and Best Community Based Initiative categories
South Dublin County Council scooped two awards at this year’s All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA on Saturday 9 February, 2019. The All Ireland Community and Council Awards ceremony took place in Croke Park Stadium to celebrate the very best in Local Government in Ireland.
The Council was named the Best Connected Council (Communications and Digital Marketing) category for the mydoorstep.ie web portal and won the Best Community Health Initiative for the MedEx Health Programme.
MyDoorStepis a walk-in service centre at its headquarters at County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, which is replicated online at www.mydoorstep.ie. This digital information platform provides buyers with all of the detail needed to make the most informed decision possible when purchasing a home. MyDoorStep combines information on current and planned housing developments in any location in South Dublin County with detail on childcare, education, health, recreation, retail and sporting facilities across the County.
The MedEx Health Programme is a community based chronic illness rehabilitation programme that offers structured and supervised exercise classes to enable people with a diverse range of illnesses to exercise in a safe environment in order to maintain or gain fitness during or after treatment. The aim of the programme is to transform the lives of people with chronic illness through physical activity based rehabilitation.
Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Mark Ward, said “I am delighted at the news that South Dublin County Council were recognised at this year’s LAMA Awards with wins in two categories. These awards highlight just some of the forward thinking initiatives being developed by the Council to address major issues in our society today. I would like to congratulate everyone involved with these projects.”
Now in its 13th year, the 2019 All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insuranceand LAMArecognise and celebrate community and councils working together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work done within our communities, and to recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives. Town, Borough, City and County Councillors across the island of Ireland nominate projects across more than 20 categories that demonstrate the work implemented through unique projects that enhance their local area for the good of the community.
Nominees for South Dublin County were:
Best Business Working with the Community - Sherry Fitzgerald Group
Best Community Health Initiative - MEDEX programme
Best Community Sports Team/Club - Kick Ass Adventures
Best Connected Council (Communication & Digital Marketing) - mydoorstep.ie
Image 1: Pictured Cllr. Tom McHugh LAMA Rep, Galway County Council, Cllr. Deirdre O’Donovan, Cllr. Gus O’Connell, Cllr. Emer Higgins and Cllr. Vicky Casserly representing mydoorstep.ie, South Dublin County Council, winner of Best Connected Council and Cllr. Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive at 2019 All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA at CROKE PARK STADIUM, where the community and councils were celebrated and recognised.
Image 2: Pictured Greg Straton of Healthy Ireland, Cllr. Deirdre O’Donovan and Cllr. Vicky Casserly, Cllr. Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive and Cllr. Gus O’Connell representing the MEDEX Programme, South Dublin County Council, winners of Best Community Health Initiative, at 2019 All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA at CROKE PARK STADIUM, where the community and councils were celebrated and recognised.
Image 3: Pictured, award for winner of Best Connected Council, South Dublin County Council, LAMA Awards 2019.
Notes to Editors:
The new website through which the public can access this information can be found at www.mydoorstep.ie.
The County Development Plan for the South Dublin County Council area makes provision for the construction of 40,000 new homes, which will accommodate upwards of 100,000 additional people. A majority of these homes will be purchased by individuals and young families making a very significant investment in their future.
MyDoorStep streamlines this information through one source and allows access from home or at the Council’s headquarters, cutting out the potential multiple enquiries a prospective buyer would need to make at present. Visitors to County Hall, Tallaght, will also be guided through the portal by knowledgeable Council staff from its Land Use, Planning and Transportation department.
MedEx Health Programme
The aim of the programme is to transform the lives of people with chronic illness through physical activity based rehabilitation.
Patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, peripheral vascular disease, neurodegenerative conditions can avail of the programme with new programmes commencing for those with chronic pain, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis and for renal failure patients on dialysis. Referrals are by consultants who are supportive of the programme of relevant patients in Tallaght Hospital. The programme is clinically evaluated and proven.
The programme will allow patients to exercise in a safe, friendly and social environment. Each session is led by instructors sensitive to the relevant group. The focus is on improving the patient’s self-confidence to exercise as well as increasing their overall fitness. Fitness assessments are undertaken as part of the programme.
South Dublin County Council is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.
The Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.
Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.
LAMA is the Local Authority Members Association. They work in the best interests of its members at all times and as an organisation promotes the interest of local authority members and is involved in a number of initiatives throughout the calendar year.
As a wholly owned and managed general insurance company, IPB Insurance is proud to be the leading insurer in protecting local communities across the length and breadth of Ireland. We serve local authorities and national government bodies as well as underwriting risk for private commercial business, expert representative bodies and associations. In so doing we pride ourselves in serving and protecting those who in turn serve and protect the Irish public.
For further information, contact South Dublin County Council’s Communications Unit at (01) 414 9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org