Fingal Independent - - NEWS SPECIAL -

A new li­ai­son com­mit­tee that will fa­cil­i­tate reg­u­lar meet­ings be­tween com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Don­abate and Por­trane Penin­sula and coun­cil of­fi­cials, has been for­mally es­tab­lished.

The li­ai­son com­mit­tee struc­ture is a tried and tested one in Fingal and has de­liv­ered ben­e­fits where th­ese com­mit­tees al­ready ex­ist in towns like Sk­er­ries and Bal­brig­gan and not it’s the penin­sula’s turn.

Last year, the coun­cil be­gan to put the com­mit­tee to­gether, seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als on the penin­sula to join.

By Septem­ber of last year, the coun­cil had re­ceived more than 30 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est and last week, the com­mit­tee was fi­nally es­tab­lished.

Cllr Adrian Henchy wel­comed the move and said the es­tab­lish­ment of such a com­mit­tee was one of the things he wanted to see hap­pen when he ran for the coun­cil, three years ago.

He said the com­mit­tee would ‘give the com­mu­nity a stronger voice within Fingal County Coun­cil and cre­ate a plat­form which would al­low both the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the lo­cal author­ity work in uni­son on key projects which are of im­por­tance to both par­ties’.

As well as lo­cal coun­cil­lors, like Cllr Henchy and Cllr Paul Mul­ville (NP), the com­mit­tee will be rep­re­sented by mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­volved in res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, the com­mu­nity coun­cil and lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre, mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal schools and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and those rep­re­sent­ing sports and recre­ation clubs.

Cllr Henchy ex­plained: ‘It was agreed that there would be a max­i­mum of 12 rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the com­mit­tee as well as the coun­cil­lors from the lo­cal elec­toral area. The groups and in­di­vid­u­als who ex­pressed an in­ter­est in be­ing in­volved were in­vited to a meet­ing in Don­abate Por­trane Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on March 30 and aris­ing from this meet­ing 12 Vol­un­teers were put for­ward as com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the first ever Don­abate/Por­trane Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee.’

The com­mit­tee was for­mally in­sti­tuted last week by the coun­cil and Cllr Henchy said: ‘I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with all on the com­mit­tee and be­lieve this is a very pos­i­tive step for both Don­abate/Por­trane and Fingal County Coun­cil. The Com­mit­tee is a strong and di­verse rep­re­sen­ta­tion across all strands of Don­abate and Por­trane and I want to thank and pay trib­ute to the 12 Vol­un­teers for step­ping for­ward on be­half of their lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

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