National Awards on the double for Kerry County Council

Released: 09 November 2007

The continuing drive by Kerry County Council to improve their services has been rewarded on the double this week, with the Council tasting success at two different national awards schemes.

The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards saw Kerry County Council’s www.LAQuotes.ie project capture top prize in the Technology category. Meanwhile, at the Bank of Ireland Opus Architecture and Construction Awards, the Killorglin Area Services Centre received a Highly Commended award.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards are now in their fourth year and are run in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The awards aim to acknowledge and encourage innovation and best practice among Ireland’s Local Authorities. 

www.LAquotes was developed by Kerry County Council in 2003, as an online annual quotation solution, and is now being used by 24 Local Authorities in Ireland.

The system accepts online quotations from suppliers in the plant hire & haulage, tool hire and supplies and services sectors, with over 280,000 online quotations received from 2,200 participating suppliers during the four week annual quotation period.

Over 160 entries were received in the Opus Architecture & Construction Awards, with the Killorglin building one of just 32 projects which made it onto the shortlist.

The judges gave the project a ‘Highly Commended’ award, praising the project for its holistic approach in design and teamwork.

Part of the Killorglin Town Centre project, a partnership between Kerry County Council and Laune Properties, the Area Services Centre contains Kerry County Council’s Area Offices, Library and tourist office, as well as a playground to the rear. Officially opened in May, the building also contains over 240 pictures from the ‘Seven Ages’ collection by renowned artist Pauline Bewick.

County Manager, Tom Curran praised the efforts of all staff members who were involved in these projects. “The effort and initiative needed to get projects like these running successfully shows the quality of the staff within Kerry County Council.

“These and other projects all help to improve the quality of service that we can provide to the people of Kerry.”

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Michael Healy Rae, who attended the Chamber Awards, felt that such awards recognised the hard work of the Council staff. “Too often the work they do isn’t recognised by the wider public, but these awards show that the quality of work being produced is second to none.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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