Nine Irish projects have been shortlisted for the European The Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 in categories such as Community, Democracy, Human Rights, Jobs, Prosperity, and Quality of Life, with the winners to be announced on 17 November in Vienna, Austria. Organised by the Innovation in Politics Institute in Vienna, the awards were established in 2017 to recognise ground-breaking political initiatives across Europe at any level of governance that can act as an inspiration to others.
Edward Strasser, Chief Executive Officer of the Innovation in Politics Institute, said: “With no less than nine Irish finalists selected by citizens across Europe, it is clear that the innovative approaches by Irish politicians stand out. Engagement with citizens, communities, and civil society as well as cross-party collaboration and support are key features of the projects.”
The nine Irish projects have been nominated in the following categories:
* Atlantic Economic Corridor – Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly
* Waterford Greenway (Waterford Council)
* Dunmanway Community Garden (Cork County Council)
In total 600 projects submitted by 80 finalists throughout Europe have been nominated across eight categories – Civilisation, Community, Democracy, Human Rights, Ecology, Jobs, Prosperity, and Quality of Life.