Tipperary Town punched above its weight again when it saw off stiff opposition from two Dublin projects to scoop the top Civil Engineering Award at the LAMA 2013 awards held in the capital, last weekend.
The LAMA Awards 2013 in association with Irish Public Bodies aim to highlight and acknowledge community and councils together, bringing national attention to projects and developments that may otherwise go without due recognition.
Town, Borough, City and County councillors nominate projects across a total of twenty three categories that demonstrate the work implemented, through unique projects that enhance their local area for the benefit of the community.
Nominated in three different categories of Best Civil Engineering Project, Best Energy Efficient Project and Best Public Building, Tipperary Decentralisation Project was awarded the Best Civil Engineering Project 2013.
The two other finalists in this category were Temple Bar Meeting House Square and the Etihad Skyline Croke Park Stadium both of which had been nominated by Dublin City Council.
The category winners were announced at a prestigious Awards ceremony, hosted by RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan on January 26th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin.
Expressing their delight and pride at winning this esteemed award at this month’s Town Council meeting, Mayor Cllr. Ruadhri Devitt said that it was a fantastic achievement for the town and appropriate recognition for all the work that had gone in to making the project a reality.
Concurring Cllr. Billy Bourke who attended the awards said that he was very proud and that it showed what a Town Council could do.
He paid tribute to the role Council officials and thanked them for all their hard work.
Cllr. Jacqui Finnan who also attended also expressed her delight at the Councils success at the awards.
She said that it was only fair to mention former Cllr. Christy Kinahan who was chairman of the Decentralisation Committee and also former Minister Dr. Martin Mansergh for all their hard work in bringing the project to fruition.
However, she said there was one negative aspect to the awards ceremony when Environment Minister Phil Hogan spoke and according to Cllr. Finnan when he made reference to the ‘sloppy work ‘of town councils.
She said his comments were belittling and inappropriate.
She also congratulated Denis Heffernan from Emly who was finalist in the Community Volunteer of the Year Category.
Fianna Fail Cllr. John Hartnett added his voice to the congratulations and tributes to former Cllr. Kinahan and former Minister Mansergh. He added that he was disappointed that Minister Hogan had ‘put his two very large feet into it again and taken the opportunity to ‘slag off Town Councillors’.
Concluding Town Manager Claire Curley said the Award was highly significant in that they saw off competition from two substantial Dublin projects in that category. Continuing she said that the Award, ‘reflects our sense of pride in this building.’
She acknowledged what she described as the brave financial decision the Councillors had made in committing to the project and as well as former Cllr. Kinahan’s role.
However, she said that she didn’t want to leave anyone out because there had been such huge support received and she also thanked that the staff the consultants and architect concerned.