The Purpose of This Issues Paper

closeddate_range4 Jun, 2019, 11:55am - 28 Jul, 2019, 6:30pm


Fingal County Council is preparing a Digital Strategy to encourage and support communities and businesses to reap the full rewards of a digitally enabled society.

As part of this process the Council wishes to hear your views on the key issues to be explored and addressed in the Digital Strategy. This Issues Paper has been developed to support consultation and stakeholder engagement. It presents an overview of the strategy framework, sets out questions and encourages discussion that should be considered in the Strategy review. This phase will be followed by the preparation and publication of a Digital Strategy.

In preparation for Local digital strategies, The Department of Rural and Community Development have developed a thematic framework, built around six core pillars. These pillars are closely aligned to the Local Economic and Community Plans (LECPs) of local authorities and reflect best international practice in respect of digital strategies.


The six pillars identified are:

•          Digital Economy – Making Fingal the best place to start and grow your business.

•          Digital Skills – Promoting digital skills services across the County.

•          Digital Services – Building better public services for all.

•          Community & Culture – "Community-first" approach to digital.

•          Infrastructure & Data – Building world-class digital infrastructure for Fingal.

•          Transition to Digital – Planning for the future.


Fingal’s Digital Strategy will be built around this framework with the aim of ensuring maximum digital optimization and transformation for citizens, businesses and government. This Issues Paper will set out specific objectives and potential issues associated with each pillar.


We welcome your engagement

The purpose of this Issues Paper is to ask members of the public for their comments, submissions or suggestions relating to the Digital Strategy pillars (and specific objectives) as set out in the information below. This Public Consultation will run from Tuesday 4th June to Friday 19th July 2019. 


Why get involved?

Local input is considered vital to the entire Digital Strategy process and we value what you have to say. We hope that this Issues Paper will stimulate interest and initiate debate resulting in constructive, positive and helpful feedback.


How can I participate?

There are two main ways to participate in this process. You can make a submission on the Issues Paper or you can attend one of our consultation workshops.


Make a submission on the Issues Paper

You can make a submission online or submit by email to Alternatively, send your submission by post to Digital Strategy Manager, Information Technology Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. K67 X8Y2. Only submissions that are named, addressed and received by Friday 19th July 2019 can be accepted. Submissions should not be made in more than one format i.e. online and email.


Consultation workshops

Fingal will be hosting a series of public consultation workshops with community, education and enterprise stakeholders. Workshop details will be posted on our social media channels consultation portal and website.

We hope you will join us and explore the issues to help us shape our Digital Strategy to the needs of the citizens, businesses and government in Fingal.  


Data protection

All submissions will be published during the consultation period. 

All submissions should include your name and a contact address, and where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc., which you represent.

To assist Fingal County Council in complying with data protection legislation, you are asked to provide this information on a separate sheet. Details, including the names of those making submissions may be shared with relevant Council departments or their agents involved in the making of the Digital Strategy and may form part of reports linked to the Digital Strategy.


All submissions or observations with respect to the Digital Strategy for Fingal County Council, made to the Digital Strategy team within the stated period, will be taken into consideration before the creation of the Digital Strategy.