Council feature in O2 Ability Awards Book

Released: 27 June 2008

Kerry County Council feature heavily in a new book which marks the history of the O2 Ability Awards. The book “The Business of Ability- O2 Ability Awards, the story so far” was officially launched in The Cocoon Bar, Dublin on Thursday evening by Caroline Casey, Founder of the Aisling Foundation, and John Fulham.

Launched in 2001 by the Aisling Foundation, the Ability Awards recognise businesses and organisations that use best practice in the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities. They celebrate those organisations that are successfully working with people with disabilities and reward professional excellence in this particular area of people-management.

Since the launch of the Ability Awards, Kerry County Council have been to the fore, winning the Overall Award in the Non-Private Sector in both 2005 and 2006.

A chapter of the book is dedicated to Kerry County Council’s achievements, and points out the determination and commitment throughout the organisation to create an environment where people with disabilities are not treated as different.

“There isn’t one reason why this organisation has won,” Danuta Grey CEO of the sponsors O2 is quoted in the book. “It is simply the attitude, the passion and the commitment from the leadership throughout the organisation in terms of making a difference for people with disabilities, way beyond requirements and what’s expected of them.”

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Tom Fleming and Kerry County Council officials attended the launch, where guest speakers included RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy, Matthew Bishop of The Economist and Mike Hemmingway, Global Director at Ogilvy & Mather international advertising agency.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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