Wicklow County Council recently held an awards night to honour 137 employees who between them have over 4,000 years of local authority service.
On the night long service awards were presented by the Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Emer O Gorman, and the Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, to staff who had 25, 40 and 50 years of service working with Wicklow County Council or other Local Authorities.
The awards event was an opportunity for the Council to recognise and pay tribute to long-serving members of staff, indoor and outdoor, across the many functional areas and the five Municipal Districts of Wicklow County Council including the libraries and the fire service.
Overall 137 staff were honoured, including 83 25-year awards, 53 40-year awards and one very special 50-year award.
Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Emer O’Gorman, congratulated those receiving awards saying: “Wicklow County Council’s most valuable asset is its staff. Down through the years, you have all worked hard to deliver services efficiently and effectively to the public. On average, any Local Authority provides more than 200 services over a broad and varied range of activities. In Wicklow, you have always ensured excellent service delivery and the best possible customer service. I thank each and every one of you for your contribution to Wicklow County Council, and by extension, your contribution to County Wicklow”.
Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy said: “I would like to thank you all on behalf of myself and all the other Councillors for your assistance and co-operation with us on a daily basis and know that we hold you in very high esteem. Each one of you plays their part in delivering quality services every day to the people of County Wicklow. Some services are delivered directly to the public, others are delivered in the background but you all make a difference to the lives of our constituents.”
The award presented to each individual was a framed print of different scenes from County Wicklow taken by talented local photographer Trevor Quinn.