New era of stronger European Investment Bank activity in Ireland as EIB open Dublin office

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The world's biggest international public bank, The European Investment Bank (EIB) opens a permanent office in Dublin today. The Bank will give Irish companies a direct contact point for EU-supported finance and I obviously welcome their decision to come to Ireland. 

The new EIB Group office in Ireland represents the first ever permanent presence of both the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund in Ireland. The office will be headed by Cormac Murphy an experienced banking specialist who during a 22 year career with the EIB has previously lead teams financing innovation and corporate investment, and developing new financial products, across Europe.


Waterways Ireland Launches New Events Programme and Online Application Process

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waterways Ireland has launched the 2017 Waterways Ireland Events programme, formally known as the Waterways Ireland Sponsorship programme.

The new programme is not just a change in name, some of the criteria have changed and a new online application process will make it simpler to fill out the application, edit and submit before the deadline of the 17th January 2017.

To assist event organisers to make an effective and eligible application Waterways Ireland has updated the guidelines and provided a user manual and video tutorials should assistance be needed to complete the application.


Liffey Blueway Research Survey

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fingal County Council together with South Dublin County Council is carrying out a feasibility study of the development of a Blueway along the section of the Liffey valley from Lucan Village to Palmerstown for use by residents and visitors.

A Blueway is a recreational water activity trail for non-motorised water activity. Blueways can be developed on canals, rivers, lakes or along the coast and can incorporate other associated land-based trails and parks adjacent to the water trail.

Development of the Liffey Blueway has the potential to deliver economic, tourism and health and wellbeing benefits for the local populations and beyond.

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. Your answers are anonymous and will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Fingal County Council is Local Authority of the Year.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fingal County Council has been named as the Local Authority of the Year at the 2016 Excellence in Local Government Awards which is organised annually by Chambers Ireland.

It is the second time in seven years that Fingal has won the Overall Award which is given to the local authority that best exemplifies the hard work, innovation and enthusiasm that goes into the delivery of Local Government services. Fingal County Council also won the Heritage and Built Environment Award for the Digging History Project at Swords Castle.

Chambers Ireland select Fingal County Council as Local Authority of the Year.
Ian Talbot CEO Chambers Ireland; Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council; Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD;Niamh Boyle President Chambers Ireland; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Darragh Butler; Cllr. Anne Devitt FCC; Cllr. Kieran Dennison.
The expert judging panel described Fingal County Council as a leader in its vision for the future development of the locality and the broader economic region. In outlining their reasons for selecting Fingal as the best of the 31 Local Authorities across Ireland they said:


Public Consultation begins on New Water Source for Dublin

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

As part of its remit to deliver a sustainable and resilient national water supply, Irish Water has commenced the fourth round of consultation on the Final Options Appraisal Report (FOAR) which identifies the Preferred Scheme for meeting the future needs of the Eastern and Midlands Region as well as the EIS Scoping Report for the Project. The fourteen week consultation period commences on November 8th 2016, and runs until February 14th 2017.
The report traces the three year process which began with the review of the Need for the Project (March 2015), then progressed through review of ten Options (June 2015), to more detailed examination of four options, shortlisted to two, with identification of an emerging preferred option in November 2015.


Free Workshops and Writer Talks

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fingal Libraries have launched ”The Write Time” a free programme of events featuring a range of workshops and writer talks. The programme, running from the 12th Oct – 12th November in various branches across the county is free, but booking is essential as places are limited.

The talks and workshops focus on many different themes, from writing to travel, and the challenges of writing bilingually. The full list of events can be found on .


Minister Launches Fingal’s Local Economic & Community Plan

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fingal’s Local Economic and Community Plan was among those launched by Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, when he officially unveiled the first round of six-year Local Economic and Community Plans, on Wednesday, September 21, at the National Ploughing Championships, in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Simon Coveney and Kieran Dennison at Fingal LECP Launch
Acting Mayor Cllr Kieran Dennison presenting Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government with a copy of the Fingal Local Economic Community Plan.
This is the first Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP) for the Fingal local authority area. It is designed to promote and support the economic and the local and community development of Fingal over the period 2016 – 2021.


Mallinckrodt Grows Investment in Dublin College Business and Technology Park Site to €85 million

Monday, September 19, 2016

New €10 million R&D facility to house global device engineering –
– Creates 40 R&D jobs and grows total to 120 new roles at new site –
Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, today is officially opening its new offices in College Business and Technology Park in Blanchardstown, Dublin, and announcing creation of a new €10 million state-of-the-art Research and Development facility at the location. The R&D facility will house global device engineering for the company and bring 40 more new jobs to the site, bringing the overall total of new positions there to 120 by 2017. With its May 2015 announcement and this commitment, Mallinckrodt’s total investment in the site has grown to €85 million. This project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection, Cllr. Kieran Dennison, Chairman Economic Development Committee Fingal County Council, Mark Trudeau, President & CEO, Mallinckrodt and Dr. David Keenan, Vice President, Global External Supply and Managing Director, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Ireland announcing €10m investment and 40 new tech R&D jobs in Blanchardstown Dublin.
Mallinckrodt has a long history of operations in Ireland and has had a presence there for over 20 years. Its new offices at the College Business and Technology Park, Blanchardstown will be dedicated this morning by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, and Mallinckrodt President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Trudeau.


Opportunity for international entrepreneurs to compete for €50,000 investment

Friday, September 2, 2016

Early-stage international startups are being invited to enter a competition to win a potential investment of €50,000.

Enterprise Ireland’s newly launched Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support entrepreneurs currently based overseas but who are willing to relocate to Ireland to grow their business idea.


4,005 householders across Dublin benefited from Irish Water’s First Fix Leak Repair scheme

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

National metering programme estimates leakage of water at 42% across Fingal

Leakage of water from the network is a serious problem on a national scale and that is reflected in Fingal. Lost water is estimated at 47% nationally based on figures from the national metering programme, and 42% across Fingal based on 2015 figures.

Figures just released to the end of March this year have shown that 4,005 householders across Dublin benefited from Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme as the utility responsible for the country’s water and waste water management urges more householders to avail of the free service.
Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme launched in early 2015 across all metering regions in Dublin and throughout the country. To the end of March, 75974 properties were identified with customer side leaks, 14,953 of which have been found in Dublin.


Social Housing Assessment 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Is your Housing Application up to date? Fingal County Council is currently contacting all applicants who have applied for social housing support prior to the 21st of September 2015, to confirm that they still require social housing support, and wish to remain on the Housing list. Each applicant must confirm their requirement to the Council by completing the assessment form which has been issued. Applicants who have applied after the 21st of September 2015 do not need to contact the Council unless there is a change in circumstances.


Wastewater Treatment in the Greater Dublin Area

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wastewater treatment facilities form part of the primary infrastructure network necessary to facilitate essential development like housing, hospitals, schools, and industry. Today, development in some parts of the Dublin region is constrained, due in part, to a lack of essential infrastructure.


Major Study by DCU on Family Businesses in Fingal

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Lessons in Resilience and Success - Report on Family Businesses" in Fingal provides a snapshot of 12 multi-generational family businesses in Fingal with family involvement ranging from second to fourth generation. Between them they employ over 3,500 and have turnovers ranging from €1.5 million to in excess of €100m per annum.

Family Business in Fingal
 This is the first research output from a Memorandum of Understanding between Fingal County Council and Dublin City University and Mr Ed Hearne, Director of Services in Fingal County Council’s Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Department, said it came about because of the Council’s desire to learn more about the economic landscape in which family businesses within the county operate in.
Councillor Kieran Dennison Chair Fingal Economic Development and Tourism Policy Committee


Fingal Libraries and LEO team up to support local business

The Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced plans to roll out a series of business information workshops and other business services through local libraries. This will enable small businesses in the region to access valuable information and business advice directly from their local library. 

Commencing in Blanchardstown Library on Tuesday 17th May, a series of one to one business clinics will provide a confidential advisory service for anyone seeking to start-up a new business in the area. In addition, workshops geared at helping new start-ups to access information will be provided. 


Community funding made easy.

Entries for the 2016 Community Spirit Awards are now open! And this year we have more ways to apply.
We’re looking for voluntary groups across Dublin to send us their project ideas to benefit their local community. So far, the initiative has helped over 1,500 groups make their plans a reality. So spread the word. One simple form could make a big difference.

Apply online here or pick up a form at Dulin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O’Connell Street Dublin 1.

For more information, please call 01 703 3143.


Work begins on Upgrade of Maynooth Line to DART Standard.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DART Expansion including DART Underground is a game changer for public transport capacity in the Greater Dublin Area.

At the heart of the National Transport Authority's Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), 2016-2035, launched last month, is the DART Expansion Programme, a series of projects which would develop and expand the DART network in the Greater Dublin Area, building on one of Ireland’s great public transport success stories, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit).

It involves:


Comic Plus available free at Fingal Libraries

Friday, April 29, 2016

Another new free ‘eService’ for Fingal Libraries is being launched on May 1st. ‘Comic Plus’ contains thousands of digital graphic novels and comics with titles from publishers such as IDW and Manga available. The site contains material suitable for members ranging in age from young children up to the age of 18 years. Titles are always available which means no waiting for titles and there is no limit on the number of titles members can check out. This service is available anytime, anywhere, 24/7 with a Web connected device. 
The ‘Comic Plus Library Edition’ App is available for download for Apple devices with an App for Android devices expected later in the year.


Dublin Economy Continues to Grow Despite Housing Pressures

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The fifth issue of the Dublin Economic Monitor has been launched today. A joint initiative of the four Dublin local authorities, the Monitor looks exclusively at the Dublin region, and tracks 15 key economic indicators. It captures data from the height of the boom to the economic crash and the subsequent recovery.

Dublin Economic Monitor launch
The Dublin Fingal Team at Q4 Dublin Economic Monitor launch ; Tony Lambert, Paul Reid, Councillor Kieran Dennison, Ed Hearne, Guy Thompson and Oisin Geoghan
Most of these indicators show that Dublin’s economic performance is improving, but domestic challenges related to housing and the delayed formation of a new government are problematic for the capital. Click here to read the latest issue.


Dublin Airport to proceed with €320 million second runway

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The growth of Dublin Airport is a key driver of economic growth in Fingal, Dublin and the Irish economy. Dublin airport employs some 16,000 people. It supports or facilitates a total of 97,400 jobs in the country and contributes €6.9 billion to the national economy. A second runway is essential to the continued growth of the airport and I very much welcome the decision to proceed to construction. With 187,700 people still unemployed in Ireland I hope we can all get behind this project.

The new runway will significantly improve connectivity and will support trade, foreign direct investment and tourism. Dublin Airport’s gateway status is highlighted by the fact that 89% of all visitors to the island of Ireland arrive by air and of these 82% arrive via Dublin Airport.
Parallel Runway Dublin Airport
At top of image is proposed second runway at Dublin Airport
Continuing record growth at Dublin airport means we can no longer delay this important piece of critical infrastructure. The runway construction is essential to deal with delays at peak times. The planning application lodged in 2004 took two years for approval and contains 32 conditions. It was postponed due to the recession but even then demand at peak times dropped by only 4 per cent.

More than 25 million passengers passed through the airport last year, beating the previous record, set in 2008, of 23 million. The rapid recovery in passenger numbers is due to a combination of almost 50 new routes and services in the past two years, significant additional capacity increases on a number of existing routes, and nine new airlines operating at Dublin Airport. Total long-haul connectivity has grown by more than 65% since T2 opened, while short-haul connectivity has increased by 16%.

The 3,110 metre runway will be built 1.6km north of the existing main runway at a cost of €250 million and is expected to be delivered in 2020. Dublin Airport is investing a total of €320 million in this multi-faceted project which will comprise multiple contracts and packages of works.

Dublin Airport’s North Runway development has the potential to open up connectivity to a range of long-haul destinations, particularly in fast growing economies in Asia, Africa and South America. The delivery of a new runway could support a further 31,000 new jobs over the next two decades, contributing €2.2 billion to GDP.


Dublin Airport Central Masterplan

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is planning to develop a 20-acre site beside Terminal 2, and is aiming it squarely at the high-tech sector. With commercial rental prices rocketing in Dublin city new development in prime locations such as Dublin Airport will accommodate growth with a number of major corporates having expressed an interest in the location due to its domestic and international connectivity, high level of amenities and data infrastructure.

As a pre-requisite for this Fingal County Council, in consultation with the DAA and their consultancy team, has prepared the Dublin Airport Central Masterplan.


What happens if the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach?

Friday, February 26, 2016

The next sitting of the Dáil will be 10th March at 10.30am. What happens if the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach?

There is no deadline by which a Taoiseach must be nominated. If the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach, the Dáil can be adjourned, by agreement, until another day. The motion to adjourn can be debated before being voted upon. There have been two occasions on which the Dáil has failed to nominate a Taoiseach: 1989 and 1992.

In 1989, the Dáil defeated all motions proposing individuals as Taoiseach, leading the outgoing Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, to proceed to Áras an Uachtaráin and formally resign the post. He was nominated Taoiseach at a subsequent Dáil sitting on another day.

In 1992, Albert Reynolds (outgoing Taoiseach), John Bruton and Dick Spring were all proposed in turn as Taoiseach, but none of them was nominated. The 27th Dáil transacted substantial other business in the "inter regnum" period (from 14 Dec 1992 to 12 Jan 1993). On the 15th December, Albert Reynolds announced that he had resigned as Taoiseach and that the President had accepted his resignation. The House then went on (on the 15th and 16th December) to deal with various business.

Proposals for Taoiseach resumed on the 22nd December without success and the Dáil adjourned until 5th January, when they were again unsuccessful.

The Taoiseach was finally nominated and appointed on 12th January 1993.

Once the Taoiseach has been nominated, he / she will proceed to Áras an Uachtaráin to be formally appointed by the President. At this stage the House will suspend the sitting until later that day.

When the House re-convenes, the Taoiseach and his / her party will take the seats on the Government side of the House. The next business is the approval of the nominations by the

Taoiseach of other members of the Government. A certain amount of time may be allocated for a debate and following this a vote will be taken. It would be unusual to have any other business on the first sitting day. The House will then adjourn until the next sitting day.


Flood Risk Management Options for the Strawberry Beds and Liffey Valley - Have your say.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Public Consultation Day in relation to Flood Risk Management Options for the Strawberry Beds (Fingal Area – northern bank of River Liffey between Lucan and Chapelizod), will be held at Lucan Library, Unit 16, Superquinn Shopping Centre, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, Co. Dublin from 1.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

CFRAM is Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management. The national CFRAM programme commenced in Ireland in 2011.

The CFRAM Programme is central to the medium to long-term strategy for the reduction and management of flood risk in Ireland.


Submissions invited on Draft Fingal Development Plan

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Draft Fingal Development Plan 2017 to 2023 went on public display on Friday, 19th February, 2016 in our civic offices and libraries. The Plan sets out Fingal County Council’s policies and objectives for the development of the County over the Plan period. The Plan seeks to secure the development and improvement in a sustainable manner of the economic, environmental, cultural and social assets of the County.

See links below where all documents can be viewed.

Submissions can be made through link below by April 29th 2016.

A number of Public Information Drop-in Sessions are scheduled during the public consultation phase of the Development Plan process as follows

Public Information Drop-in Sessions that are scheduled during the public consultation phase of the Development Plan process. The details are shown below:

County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Tuesday 8th March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Blanchardstown Library, Civic Centre, Blanchardstown Centre,  Dublin 15
Thursday 10th March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Balbriggan Library, George’s Square, Balbriggan. Co Dublin
Tuesday 15th  March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Rush Library, Chapel Road, Rush, Co. Dublin 
4th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Baldoyle Library, Strand Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
Thursday 7thApril
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Thursday 14th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9
Tuesday, 19th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm


Free Home Insulation Service

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Insulation : Under the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme- certain home owners in Ireland can get energy saving work done on their houses for FREE.
In Dublin Energy Action delivers this SEAI Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme to qualifying households.
This service aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by low-income and elderly households. As a Dublin based charity their free home insulation service is confined to the greater Dublin area. However, Energy Action links with 23 other Community Based Groups (CBOs) spread throughout the country, delivering a similar service

You will be eligible to apply if you are a homeowner and your home was built before 2006 and you are getting one or more of the following benefits:

a) Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme **
b) Family Income Supplement
c) Jobseeker’s Allowance for over 6 months with at least 1 child aged under 7 .
d) One Parent Family Payment (This was added to the criteria from Jan 2016)

** Pensioners can get the fuel allowance if their weekly income is below €330.30 (single) or €536.60 (couple)

The measures currently available for free under this scheme are:
  • Free Attic insulation 
  • Free Cavity wall insulation
  • Free Draught proofing 
  • Free Hot Water tank Lagging jackets
  • Free Low energy light bulbs.

This scheme has been allocated extra funding for 2016
Landlords can’t get funding under this scheme – but if they have tenants in energy poverty (or at risk of it) landlords can apply for other grants under the Better Energy Scheme
The services are provided by a panel of non-profit local community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. The initial process begins with a surveyor calling to your home to confirm that you are eligible and assess the amount of work needed. The work is then done by an installer, if budget is available. Inspections are carried out on a sample of homes completed to ensure that standards are maintained.

You have to call this freephone number to apply : 1800 250 204.

Or e-mail

If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for grants towards the cost of a new boiler or home insulations. More information here grant scheme for home insulation and boiler upgrades 


Phibblestown Community Centre To Host Election Count For Dublin West

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The election count for the Dublin West Constituency on Saturday 27th February will be held in the splendid Phibblestown Community Centre. Thanks to the centre manager Helen Diamond and her staff for facilitating this. For those unfamiliar with the area here is a Map.

Dublin West Election Count for #GE16
If your name is not on the Register of Electors you may still make an application to be included in a supplement to the Register on form RFA2.  You need to fill in the form and bring it to your local Garda Station to have your signature witnessed. You will need to bring proof of identity and of address.


An Bord Pleanála rule against Aldi Store at Clonsilla

Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Bord Pleanála have upheld appeals against the decision of the planning authority to grant Aldi Stores (Ireland) Limited permission for a retail store at Weavers Row on the Clonsilla Road.

Architects impression  of proposed Aldi Store at Clonsilla
This is the second attempt by Aldi to develop a site they are reputed to have paid €11m for during the boom.
ABP outlined its reasons as follows:

"It is an objective in the current Fingal County Development Plan 2011-2017 to implement the Urban Centre Strategy for Clonsilla. The site of the proposed development forms a significant portion of undeveloped lands within the Urban Centre Strategy which are identified as Opportunity Area number 3.


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