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# Fingal County Council

21st March 2023
County council spent millions on road projects without a tender process, report says
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The details are contained in an audit carried out by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The work included €1.245 million for an engineering firm and a further €1.1 million paid to consultants for a separate roads upgrade.
A Local Government auditor also criticised the council for proceeding with a €350,000 land swap with a local GAA club "without an independent valuation" of the four-hectare site offloaded by the local authority.
Fingal County Council told the auditor that it would review its processes for future projects, but defended the actions it took.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
DAA wins appeal over €5 million planning contribution demand from Fingal County Council
The contribution concerns a proposed development to replace airport parking for 13 aircraft which was removed due to the works on the north runway.
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# Water
Water outages in north Dublin expected to continue until this evening
Irish Water and Fingal County Council are working to repair a burst water mains.
# Fingal County Council
Warning issued to bathers after Lion's Mane jellyfish spotted at east coast beaches
A sting from the jellyfish can cause nausea, sweating, cramps and headaches.
# no swim notice
Temporary swimming ban enacted for Loughshinny Beach in north Dublin due to high E.coli levels
The beach is still open to the public.
# Dublin
Lifeguard headbutted and council staff spat on while working for Dublin's local authorities
Dozens of assaults on council staff have been reported in recent years.
Staff at the four councils were subjected to dozens of instances of verbal abuse and physical assaults since 2018.
Reports include sexual harassment and attempts by members of the public to damage workers' vehicles.
# Dublin Airport
DAA secures green light for new paid drop-off and pick-up zone at Dublin airport
The scheme was given the go-ahead by Fingal County Council.
# Fingal County Council
Jimmy Guerin takes court challenge over alleged removal of Council meeting record
The Independent Councillor claims that the removal of comments he made during the meeting breaches his right to freedom of expression.
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# no swimming
People urged not to swim at two Dublin beaches due to E. coli bacteria
The cause of the bacteria in the water was not revealed by Fingal County Council.
# Skerries
Swimming ban lifted at two Dublin beaches after E.Coli levels recede
The notice has been issued for Burrow Beach in Sutton and South Strand Skerries.
# North Dublin
Do Not Swim notice in place for two Dublin beaches due to high bacteria levels
The notice has been issued for Burrow Beach in Sutton and South Strand Skerries.
# North Dublin
Legal challenge brought over decision to pedestrianise part of Malahide Village
The pedestrianisation aimed to facilitate outdoor dining but has led to criticism.
# Portrane
Residents fear being left 'homeless' as council warns them not to erect barriers against coastal erosion
Residents say they risk losing their homes in the coming years if they don’t take action immediately.
# Closed
'People are upset': Councils close allotments because of Covid-19
Locals have raised concerns about the closure of the allotments.
# Mulhuddart
Joyriders destroy pitches in north Co Dublin
Fingal County Council has closed the pitches in the interests of health and safety.
# Digging A Hole
Coastal greenway delayed as contractor hits drains and causes flooding
Solutions being put in place include a shallow trench and overflow pipe into the estuary.
# Dublin Coroner's Court
'He had a heart of gold': Inquest rules death of park ranger at council depot was suicide
The inquest heard the phrase “Stand up to bullies” was spray-painted on the wall of the canteen where Stephen Taylor’s body was found.
# noise complaint
Dublin Airport noise regulator established despite concerns over Fingal Council role
The new body, the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, is being run by Fingal County Council.
# greenway
Construction commences on new €2.5 million coastal cycling route in north Dublin
The route will link Baldoyle to Portmarnock along the Coast Road.
# Dunsink
'There's robbed cars, burnt-out cars, dead horses ... the bones of dead horses'
Campaigners say animals at Dunsink in Dublin are being frightened and injured by joyriders and quad bike riders.
# skerries point
Skerries residents appeal decision to allow fast food restaurant to be built 300m from school
Planning permission for the restaurant was granted last month.
# Fingal County Council
Paul Reid is the HSE's new director general
Varadkar said that Reid “developed a strong reputation as a dynamic and ambitious leader, who was always up for a challenge”.
# barnhill
'Not now and not ever': 1,000 new homes planned for west Dublin, which locals say brings a 'high risk' of flooding
The vast majority of Fingal County Councillors voted in favour of adopting the Barnhill Local Area Plan.
# building and property
Fingal is worried about 'substandard' elements of a 600-home scheme in Dublin's new suburb
A property group led by ex-Dunnes chief Liam McGreal wants to build 10 residential blocks near Clonsilla.
# Balbriggan
Fingal council says vacant home occupiers could delay handover of property to those on housing list
Activists occupied a property in Balbriggan on Saturday.
# aras 2018
Jimmy Guerin's message to Gemma O'Doherty: 'Allow my sister rest in peace'
Veronica Guerin’s brother addressed claims by the Áras hopeful at Fingal council today.
# Courts
High Court challenge brought over halting site for Travellers displaced by new Dublin Airport runway
An environmental and planning company claims the site does not comply with Fingal County Council’s development plan.
# Ballymastone
Fingal Council asks private developers for views on plan to deliver 1,000 homes
The site includes a recreational and educational hub.
# Dublin
Do not swim notice issued for Claremont Beach in Howth
Fingal County Council has issued a 72-hour do not swim notice due to suspected water contamination from birds.
# Fingal
Plans for large-scale mosque in Blanchardstown given green light
There was local opposition to the proposed mosque.
# Fingal
Council enforces ban so referendum groups can't use community venues for public meetings
The council said this is a long-standing policy, but it recently contacted councillors to remind them of its existence after a public meeting in Baldoyle.
# Data Breach
Library records of 20 people in Dublin edited to include sexually explicit information
The details of the case were outlined Data Protection Commissioner’s annual report, published today.
# Major project
Amazon's grand plans for its new Dublin data centre could use as much power as a city
The US tech giant says it could build up to eight facilities at Mulhuddart.
# Housing
Leo Varadkar has been criticised for calling houses starting at €315,000 'affordable'
Leo Varadkar was unable to give a definition of what constituted affordable housing when questioned recently in the Dáil.
# Irish Water
Mother and son awarded €20,000 after 'explosion of raw sewage' in bathroom
Patricia Powell and her son were awarded the damages against Fingal County Council and Irish Water.
# Dublin
Swimming ban extended at Loughshinny due to 'unacceptable levels of contamination'
The extended ban on swimming is likely to last at least 72 hours.
# quite a surprise
'We have members from 18 to 90': Locals dig in to help uncover three burials at Swords Castle
Over 300 volunteers have helped out on community digs at the castle since 2015.
# rush and loughshinny
Do not swim notice issued for two Dublin beaches due to high levels of sewage
The likely cause of the lower water quality at both locations is sewage from a wastewater treatment plant or sewer network.
# baldoyle
Armed gardaí join forces with Fingal County Council to target illegal dumpers
The council said the aim of checkpoints in Baldoyle was to identify unauthorised and bogus refuse collectors and their clients.
# Profile
From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?
The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.