Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle and Niall Healy, Director of Services, Cork County Council receiving the European Label of Governance Excellence Award.

Cork County Council has been awarded the ‘European Label of Governance Excellence’ from the Council of Europe for its standards in managing services across the county.

This prestigious award was conferred on the Council following an extensive pilot evaluation and assessment process which took place during 2017.

The evaluation allows local authorities to understand their strengths and their weaknesses when providing public services to the local community and exercising public authority.

Cork County Council is one of only 7 local authorities across Europe to secure the label.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Declan Hurley, was delighted with the recognition.

“Cork County Council operates within a variety of contexts, including legislative, political and local,” he said. “This award is a true reflection of our high standards.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, commented on the importance of governance in every aspect of an organisation: “We operate to the highest standards of service provision and continually benchmark ourselves against both public and private sectors.

“This award, by no less an institution than the Council of Europe, confirms what we are doing and that we are doing it well,” Mr Lucey said.