Fingal PPN Newsletter: November / December 2017

This is the Monthly Fingal PPN Newsletter for November and December below – this is the final newsletter of 2017.

1. PPN News

Huge Turnout at Fingal PPN Plenary

Over 200 Community Activists from 140 Community Groups gathered at the PPN Plenary meeting in the Carnegie Court Hotel on Wednesday 8th November. Community Representatives were present from Garristown, Ongar, Howth and Balbriggan, among others. A wide range of groups were involved, including those with a focus on Arts, Culture, Environment, Festivals, Sports, Residents, Radio, Youth, Health and more.

As well as discussing key community issues, a Community Supports Showcase consisting of fourteen exhibits took place. Local service providers in attendance included Fingal Leader Partnership and Blanchardstown Area Partnership who were joined by national voluntary support organisations such as Charity Regulator and The Wheel. The exhibits highlighted services and supports that were available locally which included funding, training, advice and advocacy. Community group representatives left the meeting very well equipped as they look forward to 2018.

4th Round of Linkage Group Finished

The 4th Round of Linkage Group meetings for 2017 took place over October and November. Over 80 members attended these meetings with members agreeing 10 motions for PPN Representatives to submit to Fingal County Council committees, including on the topics of Planning, Community, Heritage, Enterprise, Environment and more.

The report for the 4th round of meetings will be published before Christmas with outcomes being populated as they happen in the early new year. Make sure to come along to future Linkage Group meetings to find out more and get involved!

Can you help us?

We are currently progressing work on our 2018 to 2020 Strategic Plan. We are looking for PPN members who are interested in overseeing this work and being involved in shaping this work. If this sounds like something that you are interested in, please email and let us know!

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2. Active Public Consultations and Notices

Needs Analysis: Services for Children, Young People and Families

Fingal Children and Young Peoples Service Committee would like your help by completing this survey about the needs of children, young people, and families in Fingal. This will give them the information needed to help improve services. If your organisation provides a service to children, young people or families, please take some time to fill out the survey below.

Click here to find out more and respond to the survey. This survey closes on 14 December 2017.

Survey: Developing the Potential of Social Enterprise in Ireland

In September 2017, Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development announced the development of a National Policy on Social Enterprise. This online consultation now seeks views that will inform this, Ireland’s first major policy on social enterprise.

Click here to find out more and respond to the survey. The survey closes on 15 December 2017.

Consultation: Irish Language Scheme – Scéim Gaeilge

Tá sé i gceist ag Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall Scéim Gaeilge a dhréachtadh. Is é bun-chuspóir Scéim Gaeilge a chinntiú go mbeadh fáil níos mó ar sheirbhísí poiblí trí Ghaeilge agus go mbeadh siad ar chaighdeán níos airde.

Má tá suim agat do thuairimí a roinnt, nó níos mó eolas a fháil, cliceáil anseo.

Fingal County Council proposes to draft an Irish Language Scheme. The purpose of an Irish Language Scheme is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through are available to you through Irish.

Click here to find out more and submit a response. Submissions close on 15 December 2017.

Consultation: Lissenhall East Local Area Plan – Issues Paper

Fingal County Council is now beginning the Pre-Draft phase for preparing the Lissenhall East local Area Plan and has prepared an Issues Paper to inform the public. This phase will be followed by the preparation and publication of a Draft Local Area Plan.

Click here to find out more and submit a response. Submissions close on 22 December 2017.

Consultation: Bathing Waters in Fingal – Where should be included?

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help Fingal County Council to decide which bathing areas should be identified for 2018 for Fingal County Council to keep safe and clean, you should let them know.

Click here to find out more and submit a response. Submissions close on 31 January 2018.

November Fingal County Council Chief Executive Report

The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council publishes a comprehensive activity report on a monthly basis. This highlights work that is on-going across all council departments. If you’re interested in keeping up to date with what is happening (or not happening) this is a great place to start.

Click here to view the Chief Executive Report for November 2017.

Other Useful Web Links

Below is a list of interesting information that is publicly available but the wider community may not be aware of.

Weekly Planning Permission Lists: Click here.

Fingal Alerts (Water, Roadworks, Weather and Community Alerts in your area): Click here.

Fingal County Council Freedom of Information Scheme: Click here.

Fingal County Council Meetings and Minutes: Click here.

Benefacts, the database of Irish nonprofits: Click here.

3. Funding Opportunities

Events and Festivals Scheme 2018 – 8th January Deadline

Fingal County Council’s Events Unit is accepting applications for financial assistance for events and festivals taking place in 2018, Applications will be accepted from community/voluntary groups for existing and/or new events or festivals. If you have any queries, please email

Click here to find out more.

Dublin Rural LEADER – Funding Available

The main aim of LEADER is to strengthen the rural economy and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Through focusing on the key principles of innovation, sustainability, social inclusion and economic viability LEADER can make a significant contribution to sustaining our rural economy, communities and environment.

Community Projects: 75% to a maximum of €200,000

Analysis & Development: 75% for Private 90% for Community (max €30,000)

Training: Up to 100% for all training

Click here to find out more.

Creative Fingal Funding

Fingal County Council’s Creative and Cultural Grant Scheme is still open to applications. Successful groups included Huntstown Community Centre, Geneses Counselling, Skerries War of Independence, Dublin 15 Women’s group and the Swords Men’s Shed. Funding has been awarded across a range of activities including the design and making of cultural costumes, the hosting of a commemorative event, training, the design and build of a reflective garden, an art programme and showcase of local talent. The scheme will continue until the end of 2017.

Click here to find out more.


We have a range of helpful resources that you may find useful on our website: Scroll down below the active grant schemes!

Click here to find out more.

Funding Point October – November 2017

The Wheel and Fingal County Council have teamed up to publish a list of funding opportunities available to local community groups every two months. This issue covers October and November 2017.

Funding is available for: festivals, education, health, justice, finance, science, arts, and more!

Click here to find out more.

Funding Opportunities

We have a dedicated funding section on our website This is updated regularly with all the local funding initiatives and some national initiatives too!

Click here to find out more.

4. Community News and Events

Blanchardstown Brass Band Christmas Performances – Throughout December

Sunday 3rd December 7pm: Winter Miscellany, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Donabate

Sunday 10th December 2.30pm: Blanchardstown Town Centre in aid of Inner City Helping Homeless

Friday 15th December 8pm: Carol Concert, St. Brigids Church, Blanchardstown

Sunday 17th December 4.30pm: Blanchardstown Town Centre in aid of Barretstown Cam

Tuesday 19th December 7pm: Carol Concert, St. Patrick’s Church, Corduff

Thursday 21st December 7pm: Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre in aid of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mapping Processes of Settlement and Integration in Ireland Workshop – 7th December

A regional workshop about the provision of settlement and integration services for immigrants in the Dublin region will take place on Thursday 7th December in Blanchardstown Area Partnership at 10am. The aim is to bring the service providers together to explore the barriers and obstacles to successful integration, discuss the gaps in service provision while acknowledging services and initiatives that are operating successfully.

Click here for more information and to book a place.

Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration – 11th December

Back by popular demand! Fingal Horticultural Society is hosting a Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration that will take place on Monday 11th December in St. Colmcille’s GFC, Glen Ellan Road, Swords. Admission is €7 and booking is essential. Contact Madaleine Harford on 086 334 3680 or email

Click here for more information.

North Dublin Family Support Service

Family members can get so caught up in trying to help the substance user they care about, that they often forget to look after themselves. It can be really hard for family members to ask for help but it is one of the most important things that you can do, not just for yourself but also for your loved one. North Dublin Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force understand the stress you are going through and are here to help you.

Click here for more information.

January 2018 Newsletter and More Information

If you would like an item included in our January 2018 Newsletter, please submit it to Fingal PPN by Monday 22nd January 2018.

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