Taoiseach and Minister Howlin present Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards

The Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D., hosted the inaugural Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards on 3rd December 2015.

The Civil Service Renewal Plan, launched in October 2014, contained a commitment to publicly recognise staff excellence and innovation, and to celebrate success and innovative and impactful team initiatives.

Presenting the awards in Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach said:-

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to thank all the civil servants who contribute so much to Ireland’s social and economic well-being. The innovation, talent and enthusiasm of civil servants have made a positive and lasting impact on the public service as we work to keep the recovery going. Our next challenge is ensuring that the fruits of economic growth are spent correctly. For me, that means building an economy where everyone can share in the benefits. And it means focusing not just on how much we spend, but where we spend and who we spend on. Public service investment must focus on people who will benefit most from early intervention. We must invest early to save later.”

Minister Howlin said:-

Today is a very proud day for everyone who participated in these awards. I think people will reflect on the huge contribution that the Civil Service is making to the country. The last number of years has been not without challenge and the work of civil servants has been of critical importance to navigating those difficult times. We are now emerging with confidence and again the Civil Service has a critical role to play. I wish to congratulate the award winners and all of the teams for participating and putting forward nominations.”

Every civil servant was invited to nominate projects or teams for the Awards that they believe demonstrate excellence. All nominations were assessed within their own Department/ Organisation, with the very best examples being forwarded to a Selection Committee for final evaluation. The Selection Committee received almost 100 entries, from which the final shortlist was created. All finalists were invited to attend the event, with the winners being announced on the day.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said:-

“Today’s Awards recognise and showcase staff excellence and innovation in the Civil Service. Every day, civil servants make a vital contribution to Irish life and society and I am delighted to be here today to recognise our achievements”.


And the winners are….

Introducing Payroll Shared Services for the Civil Service Payroll Shared Services Centre – Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. Leading Civil Service Renewal
Introducing METweb for Public Services Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Digital Excellence
Utilising digital geosciences through “Tellus” Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Insight & Analysis Award
Modernising Irish Family Law to achieve social change 2015 Department of Justice and Equality Excellence in Policy Award
Delivering a single secure access point for Revenue Customers Revenue Commissioners Excellence in Customer Service Award
Community Return Programme:Enhancing ex-prisoner resettlement into communities The Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service (Department of Justice and Equality) Excellence in Innovation
Improving education through the use of technology Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Excellence in Skills Development Award
Facilitating compliance within the building industry Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Excellence through Collaboration Award
The Irish EU Presidency Department of the Taoiseach – Whole of Government World Class Civil Service Award
Establishing “Intreo” – A National Employment and Entitlements Service Department of Social Protection Outstanding Contribution Award


Find more information about the Awards and the shortlisted nominations here.

Further information on the Civil Service Renewal Plan is available here.