Freedom of Information Acts
Under Section 15 of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 public bodies
are obliged to publish a reference book containing a general description
of its structure and organisation, functions, powers and duties, any services
it provides for the public and the procedures by which any such services
may be availed of by the public.
Under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 public bodies
are obliged to publish a guide to the rules, procedures, practices, guidelines
and interpretations used by the body for the purposes of decisions, determinations
or recommendations under, or for the purposes of, any enactment or scheme
administered by the body.
SECTION 16 - INFORMATION
Information on Freedom of Information rights and procedures
Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003
The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to
official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the
public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.
Requests for information under the FOI Acts can be made to:
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information Officer
Fingal County Council
Fingal, Co Dublin
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1997 was introduced to help the
citizen access official information to records created after 21st October
1998. The Act gives the citizen the legal right to:
· Access information held by public bodies
· Have official information relating to them amended where it is
incomplete, incorrect or misleading.
· Be informed of reasons for decisions that affect them.
A fee of €15 must accompany each request, when seeking information
of a non-personal nature. If request is personal the fee does not apply.
A reduced fee of €10 applies to person covered by a medical card
(please provide medical registration number).
Your request should be in writing, or by Email/Fax, and it should indicate
that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act 1997.
Your request will be acknowledged within 3 working days and a decision
given within four weeks unless an extension is requested by the council
because of details of request.
An Internal Review can be requested if you are not happy with our decision
and must be made within four weeks of the decision at a fee of €75.
You may seek independent review by the Information Commissioner if you
are dissatisfied with the decision by contacting the following address:
Office of the Information Commissioner
18 Lower Leeson Street
SECTION 15 - ABOUT THE FINGAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The Community, Recreation and Amenities Department of Fingal County
Council supports and facilitates the work of the Fingal Development Board
which was established in 2000 as part of the integration of local government
and local development initiative.
The mission of the Fingal Development Board is:
The Fingal Development Board will act as a catalyst to facilitate
the timely and effective delivery of the infrastructural and service needs
of a county with Ireland's fastest growing population and economy. In
achieving this, it will pay particular attention to sustainable development,
equality, social integration and cultural enrichment
Fingal Development Board
The Fingal Development Board was established in 2000 as part of a national
process of Local Government reform 'Better Local Government'. The Government
set out the ambitions for County and City Development Boards in a national
policy document called 'A Shared Vision'. Central to the ambitions outlined
in this document was the belief that democratic planning at local level
would ultimately lead to re-invigorated local government, better local
integration of services, community ownership and a better quality of life
for all citizens.
Role of the Board
The Fingal Development Board role is to:
· Improve co-ordination and co-operation in the delivery of services
at local level thereby improving the quality of those services
· Involve local interests and communities in deciding on how, where
and what type of services should be available.
On its establishment, a core function of the Board was to draw up and
oversee the implementation of a Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural
Development in the county of Fingal. Following an intensive consultation
with key stakeholders and members of the public the FDB Strategy for Economic,
Social and Cultural Development of Fingal 2002-2011 was published in 2002.
The Strategy identified a large number of actions, 291 in total, and sought
to make a significant contribution of improving the integration of services
at local level.
Mid-Term Review of the Strategy
In January 2005, after three years of implementation and at the request
of the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, all County
and City Development Boards initiated a review of their Strategies. The
main purpose of the review was to take account of the changed socio-economic
In the review the Board was asked to focus on its core co-ordination role
and to produce a clearly defined implementation programme for 2006-2008
concentrating on a reduced number of actions. During the Review the Board
agreed that future meetings of the Board should become a forum for raising
strategic concerns and tackling future challenges in Fingal. The Board
also agreed that it needs to play a more pro-active role in facilitating
an interface between regional and national policy areas that have an impact
on the Council.
Following the Review the Board published Strategy into Action 2006-2008
- Review of FDB Strategy 2002-2011 in May 2006.
The role of the Board and Directorate is to endeavour to ensure that
the 16 actions set out in the Revised Strategy are implemented as agreed.
The Board also continues to research areas of relevance to the county,
establishing committees and structures as appropriate and as instructed
by Government Departments.
Rules for Operational Role of the Board
The Board adopted Standing Orders at the first meeting of the Board on
the 30th March 2000 and also adopted a set of principles and guiding values
on July 5th 2000. All decisions made by the Board are by consensus.
Staff members are expected to adhere to codes of practice and ethical
matters as laid out in legislation through the Local Government Act, 2001
and through other legislative enactments or regulations with relevance
to the duties for which they are employed. Staff members must also abide
by the staff rules and codes of conduct as laid down by Fingal County
Board of Directors
The Board comprises of 34 members nominated from across all sectors of
society with the majority of members representing agencies that provide
services in the public sector. The balance is drawn from among Local Government
Councillors who represent the public in Fingal County Council and Balbriggan
Town Council, as well as representatives from the Community and Voluntary
The names of persons who are Directors of the Board at any time during
the year are available on the Board's website http://www.fdb.ie/board_members.aspx
or from the Annual Report of the Board.
P.J. Howell Director
Ann Marie Farrelly Senior Executive Officer
Eithne Mallin Secretary to the Board
Ciarán Staunton Administrative Officer
Martina O'Connor Administrative Officer
George Curran Administrative Officer
Jackie Fowler Assistant Staff Officer
Anne Marie Gargan Assistant Staff Officer
Valerie Markey Clerical Officer
The offices of the Fingal Development Board are located at County Hall,
Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin.
Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 890 5095
Fax: 00 353 (0) 1 890 6259
Post: P.O. Box 174,
Fingal, Co. Dublin
A detailed list of FDB publications is available at http://www.fdb.ie/internal_pubs.aspx
Key documents published by the FDB:
· Strategy into Action 2006-2008 - Review of FDB Strategy 2002-2011
· Connecting People, Places and Prosperity - An Economic Strategy
for Fingal 2006-2011
· Fingal County Development Board’s A Strategy for the Economic,
Social & Cultural Development of Fingal 2002-2012
· Report of the Fingal Data Sharing Initiative
· Voter Turnout in Fingal in the 21st Century
Local Government Act 2001 (Part 13, 129)
The broad categories of records held by the Fingal Development Board are
· FDB meeting Minutes;
· Minutes of Social Inclusion Monitoring Committee;
· Minutes of various committees/action teams of the Board;
· Minutes of Improved Cohesion Steering Committee;
· Files pertaining to particular FDB projects;
· Details of Financial Accounts;
· General Administration files;
· Tender files where applicable;
· CCS Database - A Database of Community & Voluntary groups
registered with the Community Recreation & Amenity Department;
· LGCSB - An online Project Management and Tracking System to track
FDB actions. Designed by the Local Government and Computer Services Board,
the system is password protected and has a structured search facility
and stores supporting documentation. Members of the Board, staff and persons
authorised by the Directorate have access to the Tracking System.
The FDB aims to ensure that its image, functions, and all achievements
are presented as user-friendly and in an effectively informative manner
to the general public, through media (press releases, FDB newsletter,
etc) and website (www.fdb.ie).
A range of information on activities of the FDB is available on this