Opportunity the focus of networking evening
OPPORTUNITIES for economic and community development in Fingal took centre stage at a networking evening last week held the mark the 20th anniversary of Fingal County Council.
Mayor of Fingal Mags Murray was joined by Chief Executive Paul Reid, councillors and invited guests, representing businesses and community groups for the evening at Farmleigh.
Focusing on the great opportunities that lie ahead for Fingal, the theme of the evening highlighted how recent changes in Local Government structure and governance will dramatically change how Fingal County Council supports economic and community development at a local level.
It also highlighted how citizens can actively engage with the council to influence how it does this. Guest speakers included Louise Phelan, Vice President at PayPal Ireland, and John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI.
'Fingal has undergone a dramatic transformation in its first 20 years,' Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Mags Murray said.
'With a population of more than 270,000 we are now home to Ireland's youngest, fastest growing, most diverse citizens and we are highly educated,' she said. 'As a council we must continue our transformation to help Fingal achieve our enormous potential.
Chief executive Paul Reid said: 'Recent local government reform presents great opportunity for Fingal by introducing important changes in how the Council supports development locally
'The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) of Fingal is now an integral part of our organisation supporting job creation. The council has also allocated extra budget and resources to an Economic Development Department, working alongside LEO Fingal to ensure that we are the best local authority at supporting jobs and enterprise as the economy recovers.'
Referring to the changes in community support structures Mr Reid said: 'The Fingal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that replaces LEADER and Fingal's local area partnerships will oversee the development of a six year Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) targeting social inclusion and work activation in Fingal.
'Nominees to the LCDC will represent business, agriculture, higher education and young people in Fingal and their work will promote integration of economic and community development at a local level