DONABATE LIAISON COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
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.’