New plan to ensure Fingal is a progressive and climate resilient county

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council has unveiled a new Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), presenting an energetic and forward-looking framework for one of Ireland’s most rapidly expanding areas.

This plan is the result of collaborative efforts involving local communities, individuals, businesses, organisations, and other significant contributors throughout the county, all aiming to steer Fingal towards a flourishing future.

Building on the positive developments of the initial LECP launched in 2016, this latest iteration looks to maintain momentum but also introduces significant enhancements. It also serves as an important checkpoint to review targets from that initial plan and the measures that were in place to reach them.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy said “This LECP provides a strong, evidence-based strategic framework for Fingal. It is essential that as we begin to take this forward, that we work together to help deliver future certainty for all the communities who make up one of Ireland’s fastest growing regions. In doing so, we can ensure that Fingal will be a vibrant, sustainable, progressive and climate resilient county, underpinned by inclusive, healthy, empowered communities and a dynamic economy.”

Reflecting priorities to help build the economy and community elements within Fingal, the LECP is built around six core themes:

  • Sustainability & Climate Action;
  • Prosperous Economy;
  • Skills for Life & Work;
  • Healthy Inclusive Connected Communities;
  • Rich Arts Culture & Heritage;
  • Safe Accessible Vibrant Places.

Helping to launch the plan, Minister for Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD said “Fingal is in a strong position to ensure positive development economically, culturally and environmentally. Along with providing a supportive business environment that encourages innovation, the Council has a vision for the future growth and prosperity of the county that will engage rural communities, help with the transition to more sustainable business practices and ultimately create a better natural environment in which people can live and work.”

The new LECP outlines 15 ambitious, yet attainable, high-level objectives for the upcoming six years. The undertaking cannot be achieved by the Council alone however, with collaboration across all stakeholders the key to realising the broader vision for the county’s future.

AnnMarie Farrelly, CE of FCC said “This plan is both innovative and ambitious, and seeks to deliver a clear message that Fingal is a great place to live, visit and do business. Supporting economic development and investment across all of the county remains a high priority for us, which is why this new plan will support local jobs, boost business opportunities and help secure the long-term economic growth of our region.”

A copy of the LECP is available at: https://www.fingal.ie/council/service/local-economic-and-community-plan-lecp

Featured Image: Launch of the Fingal Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2023 – 2028.
Aoife Sheridan, Fingal ,John Quinlivan, Fingal, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, AnnMarie Farrelly, CE, Fingal, Minister Joe O’Brien, Laurence Ward, Chairman LCDC.
Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

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