Taoiseach and Minister Donohoe announce the winners of the 2016 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards

6th December, 2016

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD, have announced the winners of the 2016 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards. The awards, which are held each year to publicly recognise excellence and innovation and showcase best practice in Civil Service organisations, were presented at a ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin last night.


Speaking at the ceremony, which he jointly hosted with the Taoiseach, the Minister said:


‘Today is a very proud and special day and I am very pleased to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the award winning projects. I am delighted to congratulate the staff who worked on the projects and indeed all staff who participated in the awards process this year.


‘The award winning projects this year are great examples of the good success stories in the Civil Service. They also show the tremendous range of complex work that the Civil Service does every day to support the Government and deliver public services. We are fostering a culture of innovation in the Civil Service and these awards demonstrate the high levels of innovation and excellence and the diversity of roles across the organisation’.


The winners are:


  • Leading Civil Service Renewal

Engagement and Innovation: Results Focused Partnership – Department of Social Protection


  • Digital Excellence

Common Agricultural Policy – Direct Payments Systems – Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


  • Insight And Analysis

Identifying New Designer Drugs in Post-Mortem Forensic Toxicology – The State Laboratory


  • Excellence In Policy

Early-Years Education-Focused Inspection – Department of Education and Skills


  • Excellence In Customer Service

Euro2016 – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Excellence In Innovation

Catchments.ie: Water from Source to Sea – Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government


  • Excellence In Skills Development

Investment in New Recruits – Office of the Revenue Commissioners


  • Excellence Through Collaboration

“Digital First”: Spatial Data Solution – Property Registration Authority


  • World Class Civil Service

MyGovID:SAFE – Department of Social Protection


  • Citizen Impact

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Department of Education and Skills; Department of the Taoiseach; Department of Defence; Office of Public Works.


The Taoiseach, who presented the awards to the winning project teams, remarked that:

“The awards highlight the work and contribution of the Civil Service from teams working in the smallest frontline offices to larger project teams operating across several departments; these awards showcase the innovation, dedication and enthusiasm of civil servants to deliver a world class service to the Irish people.”

Note to editors:

The awards were established under the Civil Service Renewal Plan. More information on the Plan is available here.

74 nominations were received from across the Civil Service and 30 projects were shortlisted.  There were 10 award winning projects.

More information about the Awards and the shortlisted nominations are here.