Declan scoops Employee of the Year award

BALLYMONEY councillors and officials pictured with Declan Donnelly after receiving the Employee of the Year award at the 2013 Local Government Awards - Northern Ireland. Also included is Pamela Ballantine. INBM10-14 F
BALLYMONEY councillors and officials pictured with Declan Donnelly after receiving the Employee of the Year award at the 2013 Local Government Awards - Northern Ireland. Also included is Pamela Ballantine. INBM10-14 F

A Ballymoney Council worker has scooped a prestigious award at the 2013 Local Government Awards - Northern Ireland.

Recycling and Education officer at Ballymoney Borough Council Declan Donnelly was the winner of the Employee of the Year award, sponsored by William Johnston Memorial Trust. Declan was nominated by his Manager, Nigel McKeown, Head of Environmental Services.

Mr McKeown explained: “Declan, as Council’s Recycling and Education Officer was nominated for the award for the contribution made to revitalizing derelict space at the Old Mill Cloughmills to provide a neutral venue and to promote sustainable development in the village. I am delighted that he has been successful in this provincial competition.”

Speaking after the awards event Mayor John Finlay commented: “The project in Cloughmills has transformed a derelict space into a valuable and viable community resource where local people in this village community engage daily. The project has received numerous awards and I am pleased that Declan’s contribution to the success of the project has been recognized.”

The event was hosted by Pamela Ballantine at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh.

This year, councils throughout Northern Ireland submitted entries across seven categories and a total of 74 entries were received.