Mayo County Council & Ireland West Airport Win National Excellence In Local Government Award For Age-Friendly Airport Guidelines Initiative

Posted in Connect on November 29, 2019.

Mayo County Council, in conjunction with Ireland West Airport, took home first prize in the Best Age-Friendly Initiative category at the 16th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in Dublin last night.

Held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, these awards acknowledge the hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local authorities that often goes unrecognised.

This year saw the introduction of a new category – an award for the best Age-Friendly Initiative, which recognises the many excellent local government projects that ensure that older people are rightfully valued by their communities and are provided with the services they need.

Mayo County Council, in conjunction with Ireland West Airport, took first place for the implementation of their Age Friendly Airport Guidelines Initiative.  The guidelines have been endorsed by the World Health Organisation and can be used across the globe to ensure airports are inclusive and accessible, optimising opportunities for people of all ages to travel, but especially older people by ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect.

Mayo Age Friendly Alliance, Ireland West Airport and Mayo’s Older Person’s Council worked together on the project with Age Friendly Ireland and Ireland West Airport will soon be the first WHO Age Friendly accredited airport in the world, which is no small accolade.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, welcomed the award stating that “Mayo County Council, is delighted with this award.  We strive to make Mayo an Age-Friendly County, which values and cares for all its citizens equally, and this initiative is the result of a long-term collaboration between with Mayo County Council and our partners in Ireland West Airport Knock”.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy, also welcomed the award saying that “It is a great achievement for this project to do so well, bringing recognition to the county on a national stage”.

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