The Dublin Port Company has won the European Sea Ports Organisation Award for 2015. The theme this year was ‘Engagement with local schools and universitites’ and Dublin beat competitors in Antwerp, Brement and Valencia.
Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes congratulated the company and said:
“This is more than just an award for Dublin Port Company CEO, Eamonn O’Reilly, and his team. This is international recognition of the inner city and port community in Dublin. The supports given to the inner city communities have allowed them to shine.”
Hayes also said that Dublin Port Company supports will ensure that each new student in Ringsend College gets an iPad of their own and this programme will be self-sustaining into the future. This is just one example of the Early Learning Initiatives, Technology in schools, Scholarships Programme and support to sport teams provided by Dublin Port Company that influenced the judges.
“Dublin Port is the engine room of our Capital’s economy but it is also a key part of the city’s social and cultural life. The education programmes of the port company reflect this and are a major hand up to local communities in the inner city who are flourishing. This major European award is recognition of the families living around the port engaging with lifelong learning. To beat such major ports and cities like Antwerp and Bremen is something that all Dubliners should be very proud of.
He added that Dublin Port Company’s programme is an “excellent example” to Irish firms and the business community of how cooperate social responsibility (CSR) programmes can empower communities.