Went across to the Northern Ireland Local Government Association conference in Derry to launch a new awards scheme at their annual dinner.
The awards will be delivered in partnership between APSE, NILGA, the Local Government Staff Commission, the Local Government Training Group and hopefully the DoE will also get involved.
The idea is to celebrate best practice and promote a culture of continuous improvement and excellence amongst the local authorities. The President of NILGA, Arnold Hatch and myself did the launch accompanied by a short video clip about what we are trying to achieve.
A good night was had by all, especially as the after dinner entertainment, Tim McGarry, used his slot to poke fun at politics and life in Northern Ireland. I understood about 80% of the jokes although some were obviously based on very local issues. However he didn't miss any of the political parties or main public figures and whilst this made some individuals squirm a bit in their chairs at times, everyone had something to laugh about over the course of his set.