Fingal adopts budget of €269m for 2020

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Fingal County Council has adopted a budget of €269m for 2020 to provide services and investment designed to improve the county as a place in which to live, work and invest.

It is an increase of €32m from 2019 and is the equivalent of €911 per head of population. The 2020 Budget will enable the Council to continue managing the on-going demands of the fast-growing and youngest county in Ireland.


New Regional Wastewater Treatment facility in North Dublin gets go ahead

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for Irish Water’s Greater Dublin Drainage (GDD) Project in North Dublin. Once operational, this key piece of infrastructure will safeguard the environment and facilitate sustainable growth of new homes and businesses in the region.

Projected growth in population and increased commercial activity means the volume of wastewater generated in the greater Dublin area will increase by more than 50% during the next 30 years. Having adequate wastewater treatment capacity is vital to protect public health, safeguard the environment and facilitate this social and economic growth.

North Dublin Region Wastewater Treatment Plant Indicative Layout
New North Dublin Region Wastewater Treatment Plant Indicative Layout


Fingal County Council records highest proportional increase in local authority housing stock in 2018

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fingal County Council recorded the largest proportional year-on-year increase in housing stock among local authorities in Ireland in 2018, an annual audit of its services has shown.

Some 348 properties, a rise of 6.59%, were added into the ownership of Fingal County Council, bringing its total number of stock in its ownership to 5,211. Some 24 units were sold during 2018.


Councillors approve €619m Capital Programme

Monday, October 14, 2019

Councillors approved a Capital Programme worth €619m at tonight’s monthly meeting of Fingal County Council in County Hall, Swords.

The three-year rolling programme runs from 2020 to 2022 across seven divisions and represents a €30.63m increase on the 2019-2021 Capital Programme and a 91% increase on the €324m provided for in the 2017-2019 Capital Programme.


Irish Water turns sod for the €88m Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme to support development and safeguard our environment

Monday, September 30, 2019

Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, has begun work on the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme in Waterville Park in the Tolka Valley. The delivery of this significant infrastructure project will support existing and future residential and commercial development and will safeguard the environment in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas.
The existing wastewater network was constructed in the 1970s and since then the area it serves has expanded considerably. The project will upgrade the existing wastewater network in Mulhuddart and Castleknock, as well as a number of towns in Meath including Dunboyne, Clonee, Ashbourne and Ratoath. These works have been carefully planned so as to minimise any impact on the public.

The primary works will be contained within an area of Waterville Park. This will enable the construction of the underground storm water management facility and pumping station. Along Tolka Valley Park, 3km of new wastewater network will be constructed by tunneling methods, to ensure that the impact on the park and its users is kept to a minimum.

This project represents an Irish Water investment of almost €88 million in the Blanchardstown region. The works will be completed by Ward and Burke Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water and are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

For further information regarding this project please visit


Monday, September 9, 2019

Fingal County Council has launched its Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 at County Hall, Swords today.

The final Plan contains 133 actions that are on-going or planned within the Council, covering five key action areas – Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management.


Up to €2,000 funding for Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti

Monday, August 12, 2019

New community groups are encouraged to apply for the Communities4Environment Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Grant Available. Fingal County Council Environmental Department has launched a competition where communities/ residents groups can apply for €2,000 funding.  


Greener Communities Competition launched

Monday, July 15, 2019

Fingal County Council has launched this years Greener Community Awards which includes a number of new categories.

The focus this year is on increasing pollinators and biodiversity and on fostering sustainable communities, a key role we can all play in creating a more sustainable future.
Biodiversity is a critical part of the web of life on our planet and over the past few decades our activities have led to a major decline in many of our native species. Communities can play an increasing role in our environmental response to climate change and environmental improvements.


Public consultation on draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fingal County Council is holding a public consultation process on a new draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan (LAP) and a proposed Variation to the Fingal County Development Plan 2017 – 2023.

A presentation on the draft Dublin Airport LAP and Variation No.1 was given at the Fingal Council meeting in July and is now open for public consultation until October 15th.


Local Area Plan for kellystown

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Council's Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department is commencing preparation of a Local Area Plan for Kellystown, Dublin 15.   A public notice will appear in the Dublin Gazette today, Thursday the 20th of June advertising the publication of a Strategic Issues Paper for Kellystown and inviting submissions from the public at the Pre-Draft stage.  Submissions for this Pre-Draft stage are invited up to Wednesday the 31st of July 2019.

The Planning team are eager to ascertain your views with regard to the future development of this key strategic land bank and would value your input into the preparation of the Plan.

A Strategic  Issues Paper sets out the key issues to be considered in preparing the LAP. 

A public information event will be held in Blanchardstown Library on Wednesday the 3rd of July 2019 between 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

In the meantime, if you have any particular issues you would like to make the Planning team aware of or, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at the address below.


New Urban Food & Craft Market St. Catherine’s park, Lucan every Sunday

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Now you have yet another reason to visit the spectacular St. Catherine’s Park with a new Sunday market opening. The Urban Food and Craft Market began last week in St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan, and will run every Sunday from 10am – 5pm now until October.

Featuring a wide variety of stalls selling an assortment of food offerings this venture is being supported by Fingal County Council to further enhance the extensive amenity of St. Catherine’s Park.


Work begins on Shackleton Gardens restoration

The development of a major tourism attraction in Dublin 15 has moved a step closer after Fingal County Council awarded contracts for the main restoration and reconstruction works at The Shackleton Garden in Beech Park, Clonsilla. The works are part of a €400,000 investment from Fingal County Council and Fáilte Ireland.

The gardens, which include an internationally famous plant collection, were acquired by the Council last year with a view to opening them to the public as an important visitor attraction in the Dublin 15 area.

The work will involve the rebuilding of large sections of the garden walls, upgrading of paths and the restoration of garden buildings. Workers will be on site in two weeks to begin the restoration and it will take approximately three months to complete.

Cllr. Eithne Loftus, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Cllr Kieran Dennison at launch of Shackleton Garden restoration


Have your say on the Fingal Digital Strategy

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fingal County Council is preparing a Digital Strategy for Fingal, which will describe how technology can help improve the way we live, work and do business in Fingal.

The Council is asking members of the public to say what they would like to see in the Strategy.The Digital Strategy will focus on six main themes:


Design work begins on 32km-long Fingal Coastal Way has commenced

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fingal County Council has commenced design work on the Fingal Coastal Way project, a 32km, high-quality recreational walking and cycling route connecting Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore Castle.

Multi-disciplinary consultancy Atkins has been appointed to work alongside the Fingal County Council project team to carry out the feasibility study, route options and environmental assessment and preliminary design work over a three-year programme.

The proposed greenway will be an iconic development representing a step-change in the tourism offering for Fingal, Dublin and the wider northeast region.

The route will start at Newbridge House & Demesne in Donabate and pass along the majestic coastline of north Fingal, linking the coastal villages and towns and providing stunning seascapes of the many beaches and cliffs along the route as well as views to Howth, Lambay Island and the Cooley Mourne mountains ranges to the north.

The greenway will link into the proposed Broadmeadow Way, which will connect Donabate and Malahide and for which a planning application is due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanala in June. To the north there are plans to develop a greenway route in County Meath running northwards to Drogheda, the Boyne Valley Way and the prehistoric sites at Bru na Boinne/Newgrange.

The greenway will be a flagship tourist amenity for Fingal and will link into local attractions such as Newbridge House, Rogerstown Park, Bremore Castle, Ardgillan Castle, Drumanagh Fort and Skerries Mills.

Paul Carroll, Senior Engineer Strategic Infrastructure Fingal County Council, commented “The benefits that greenways can deliver to communities are considerable in terms of climate change, economic development and leisure amenity. The greenway will form part of a developing network of greenways within Fingal, providing a link into the S2S Sutton to Sandycove scheme and encouraging sustainable transport for commuting and leisure.”

Public stakeholder consultation will be an essential element of the design process including discussions with special interest groups, local residents, businesses and landowners.

Given the scale of the project and the sensitive nature of the receiving environment, it is envisaged that the route options selection will take place through 2019, with a public consultation exercise to take place in early 2020. Following on from the identification of the preferred route, preliminary design and environmental assessment work will continue through 2020 and early 2021, with a planning application target date of late 2021.


New Litter Management Plan for Fingal

Monday, May 13, 2019

A new Fingal Litter Management Plan has been adopted by Fingal County Council for the period 2019 to 2021. Proposed by Councillor Dennison, the plan sets out the objectives for preventing and managing litter in Fingal and the implementation plan to meet those objectives. 
The Plan is action-based and focuses on the prevention, enforcement and management of litter, with the objective of a consistently cleaner environment for the citizens of Fingal.


Help Our Pollinators

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fingal County Council are running a series of environmental awareness talks in Fingal this May

This is part of an ongoing Biodiversity Campaign run by Sinéad Fox, Environmental Awareness Officer, Fingal County Council. She will have information available for communities, tidy towns, sports groups, residents, businesses & faith communities on how we can help our pollinators.

The ‘All-Ireland Pollinator Plan’ aims to:

1. Reduce mowing

2. Reduce spraying

3. Plant Pollen-Rich Flowers

Please see for details.

Tuesday 7thMay
6.30 – 7.30 pm
(public open session)
Blanchardstown Library
Tel: 018905563
Talk on Environmental Awareness
Monday 13thMay
6.30pm – 7.30pm
(public open session)
Donabate Library
Tel: 01 8905609
Talk on Environmental Awareness
Thursday 16thMay
6.30 – 7.30 pm
(public open session)
Blanchardstown Library
Tel: 018905563
Talk on Environmental Awareness
Wednesday 22nd May
6.30 – 7.30 pm
(public open session)
Malahide Library
Tel: 018704430
Talk on Environmental Awareness
Monday 27thMay
6.45 – 7.45 pm
(public open session)
Baldoyle Library
Tel: 018906793
Talk on Environmental Awareness
Thursday 30thMay
6 – 7 pm
(public open session)
Balbriggan Library
Tel: 018704401
Talk on Environmental Awareness


Fingal Geophysical Survey Project-Exhibition Launched in Blanchardstown Library

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The “What Lies beneath: Fingal Geophysical Survey Project” exhibition was launched in Blanchardstown Library by Acting Mayor Cllr. Kieran Dennison, along with Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker, in front of an enthusiastic audience on Monday. The exhibition is the result of survey work undertook late last year at St Catherine’s Park, Corduff Park, Dublin 15, Rosepark, Balrothery, Lusk, Swords and Newbridge Demesne. The project is a community one to discover the sub-surface remains in our parks and open spaces and to raise awareness of what is literally on people’s doorsteps.

Christine Baker Community Archaeologist with Acting Mayor Kieran Dennison 
Archaeology is everywhere. The need for both development and preservation has resulted in many archaeology sites being incorporated into the open space of housing estates or within public parks. Members of local communities raised awareness of these sub-surface remains by participating in these geophysical surveys across six sites in Fingal.

Speaking about the project Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker said ‘There are over 30 greenspaces within housing estates or within parklands throughout Fingal where we know archaeological remains have been preserved. The aim of this project is to connect people with the story of what is literally on their doorstep’.
At the launch Councillor Kieran Dennison praised the project as a means of applying modern technology to our past. ‘The What Lies beneath project is a way of integrating new communities with the heritage of an area’ he said ‘As well as making sure these sites are protected into the future’.

‘Not only did we confirm the location of the long since destroyed house at St Catherine’s Park but we uncovered a completely new site within Newbridge Demesne’ said Fingal’s archaeologist Christine Baker ‘The What Lies Beneath project which was supported by the Heritage Council, demonstrates how the community and professionals working together can produce wonderful research results’.

The results of the geophysical surveys are currently on display in the What Lies Beneath exhibition in Blanchardstown Library. The exhibition will run until 8 March 2019, when it will move to other venues around the County.


Plan for the Royal Canal Urban Greenway.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The design for the final phase of the Royal Canal Greenway is now available for public display. Fingal County Council is seeking submissions from the public. An information day will be held in the Atrium of Blanchardstown Civic Offices on Tuesday 5th March 2019, from 11:30am to 7:30pm, which will be attended by Fingal County Council Engineering Staff and DBFL Consulting Engineers.
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Dublin's Draft Climate Change Action Plan - have your say.

Fingal County Council is inviting submissions from the public in response to the Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024.

The Draft Action Plan has been developed by the four Dublin local authorities alongside the Dublin energy agency Codema. Fingal County Council’s public consultation is open for submissions from 11 February until 25 March 2019.
As part of this public consultation process, Fingal County Council is organising a #Councils4ClimateAction public information event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on Monday 25 February 2019 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm



Thursday, February 14, 2019

As part of our ongoing investment in sports facilities in the area the council are proposing to build a new all-weather running track and sports pitch at Porterstown Park.

The Proposal includes:
  • A 6 Lane 400 Metre All-weather Running Track.
  • A 3rd Generation All-Weather Multi-functional Sports Pitch (Playing surface 100M x 64M with all- weather run-off areas).
  • 8 x 15 Metre high LED Floodlights to light both the running track and sports pitch to a minimum of 500 lux.
  • 4 Car Parking Spaces reserved for people with Special Needs located beside the facility.
  • A 1.5M high perimeter fence surrounding the track with 3 entrances (including 2 Vehicular Entrances).
  • Approximately 1,500 meters of 2.5M wide bound surfaced paths to service the new facilities.
  • Earthen Berms incorporating the excess of excavated material from the construction of the pitch and running track located within the development site will be graded to complement the landscape setting of the facilities.
This will be a fantastic facility for athletes, schools and local sports clubs Submissions or observations can be made by Thursday 21st March 2019 either in writing or through the website:


Dublin Airport Welcomes Hainan's New Direct Route to Shenzhen

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hainan Airlines’ decision to launch a new year-round direct service from Dublin to Shenzhen later this month is a major boost for Irish trade and tourism. It marks another stage in the growth of Dublin airport as a major international hub.

Hainan will operate two flights per week between Dublin and Shenzhen, which is in south-eastern China. Shenzhen will be Dublin Airport’s second destination in mainland China, as Hainan already operates a Dublin-Beijing service.


New all-weather running track and sports pitch for Porterstown Park

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A public consultation process has commenced on the proposed provision of a combined all-weather Running Track and Sports Pitch located at Porterstown Park in Dublin 15.

If approved, the proposal will result in the development of a major new active recreational facility available for use by a large number of clubs, schools and community groups in the wider Blanchardstown area. 

The project includes the first-ever public floodlit all-weather athletics track provided by Fingal County Council designed to meet daytime and evening training requirements for a wide range of sporting codes. 


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