Nine Irish projects shortlisted for Innovation in Politics Awards

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.”

Speakers and guests pictured at the Irish launch of the Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 at the Helix in Dublin City University on 10 May.

The nine Irish projects have been nominated in the following categories:

*Ireland’s LGBTI+ Youth Strategy 2018-2020 (Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs)

*Legislation & Policy to Protect Victims and Tackle Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Frances Fitzgerald TD, former Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality)

* Protection of Freelance Workers (Senator Ivana Bacik)

* 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)

* 300K Have Your Say – Participatory Budgeting (South Dublin County Council)

* Just Eat IE dublinbikes (Dublin City Council)
* Peace Link – Building Relations through Sport (Monaghan 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.

For details on all projects visit