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# Fingal

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.
Last year
# 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.
# Ah here
Six-hour cleanup at north Dublin beach after sand is left strewn with beer bottles and plastic
Photos of the debris provoked anger and cricitism online this morning.
# 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.
All time
# Skerries
People urged not to swim at Dublin beach due to E. coli bacteria
South Strand Skerries itself remains open.
# Broadmeadow Greenway
Fingal's €12 million greenway project connecting Malahide Castle to Newbridge House gets green light
Construction on the site is to start straight away.
# Dublin Airport
New phase of construction begins on Dublin's underground jet fuel pipeline
It’s hoped that the 14.4km-long pipe will reduce traffic volumes, emissions, accidents, road damage and noise.
# 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.
# Fingal
Man arrested for tampering with election posters in north Dublin
The incident happened in Balbriggan earlier this week.
# fingal by-election
10 candidates in Fingal by-election sign up to anti-racism pledge
Those who’ve signed up include Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee, who’s recently been embroiled in controversy over old tweets.
# 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.
# North Dublin
Fingal council lodges plans with An Bord Pleanála for 6km cycling and walking greenway
The proposal will go out to public consultation before a decision is made by the planning authority.
# 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.
# objections
A long-running feud over Malahide's Christmas Kingdom is destined for the courts
The market’s operator is looking for a six-figure sum from Fingal council over the hastily reorganised event.
# 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.
# BlanchBikes
A dockless public bike scheme is coming to Blanchardstown
A pilot scheme will be rolled out across Blanchardstown and Castleknock.
# Damastown Village
Plan for 1,100 social and affordable houses on land bank in Blanchardstown called 'half-baked'
But could it be an answer to the housing crisis?
# 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.
# something in the water
Swimming ban in place at Dublin beach over animal contamination
The results of a routine sample showed a deterioration in the water quality.
# 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.
# Metro Station
'Now is the time to get Metro North greenlit'
A public consultation on the plan will begin next year.
# claims
Public liability claims against Dublin City Council hit €8.5 million last year
In Fingal, a spokesperson said the figure was over €2.5 million.
# Big Bucks
Why does Starbucks keep opening stores without planning permission?
Multiple outlets of the international coffee chain have fallen foul of planning laws in recent months.
# property news
This week's vital property news: New figures show Ireland's large number of vacant social housing units
Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.
# scouts abroad
Irish teenager jumps 25 feet into river to save boy's life in Turkey
Scouts Sean Thompson and Millie Powell have been hailed as heroes after rescuing a 14-year-old.
# Stay out of the water
Out for a swim? Avoid these three Dublin beaches
Fingal County Council says the problem is being taken care of by Irish Water.
# the water's fine
Swimming notices lifted at six beaches after sewage concern
Notices remain in place for Portmarnock in Dublin and Owenahincha in Cork.
# velvet strand
A Do Not Swim notice has been issued for another beach in Dublin
This brings the total number of beaches where swimming is forbidden to five.
# Homes
Proposals for more modular housing sites announced - here's where they are
Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councils have put forward the proposals.
# achtung stage-y
A councillor wants to create a shrine to U2 featuring all their old concert stages
Bono is on the record as saying he would like to display his old stages in his hometown.
# Road Deaths
Victory for Jake Brennan's family as council backs 20km speed limit
The six-year-old died when hit by a car last June.
# Wrap
Only two out of six Dublin SFC games went ahead tonight
There were wins for Na Fianna and Clontarf this evening as the weather wreaked havoc with the schedule..
# Fingal County Council
Councillor says protest organisers to blame for woman's injuries - not gardaí
There have been calls for an investigation into garda conduct at the protest.
# Fingal
Woman left bloodied after gardaí attempt to move anti-water charge protesters
The woman was sitting in a doorway at Fingal County Council last night.
# nice prices
Lisbon Treaty vote (the 1st one) the most expensive referendum of past 15 years
They told us we’d save €20 million by scrapping the Seanad — but it cost us a fair chunk of change to hold the vote.
# Water Charges
Blocking councillors from leaving meeting deemed 'completely unacceptable'
Gardaí were at the scene in Fingal last night.
# Bin Wars
Waste company disappointed it can't pick up rival's old bins
An injunction was yesterday granted to prevent Greenstar from collecting Panda Waste’s bins.