Last Meeting of Balbriggan Town Council – a new Era begins
Last night was a significant and poignant occasion for the town of Balbriggan when Balbriggan Town Council (formerly Balbriggan Town Commissioners) met for the last time, having served the people of this historic Fingal town since the 1860’s.
Last night was a significant and poignant occasion for the town of Balbriggan when Balbriggan Town Council (formerly Balbriggan Town Commissioners) met for the last time, having served the people of this historic Fingal town since the 1860’s. Balbriggan Town Council has always engaged with local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, community & voluntary groups and provided civic leadership for the people of Balbriggan, representing their concerns and promoting the town as a good place to live, work and visit. To mark last night’s occasion I was privileged to join Council staff, Cathaoirleach Peadar O’Kelly, Leas Cathaoirleach Grainne Maguire, and Town Councillors, Monica Harford, Larry Dunne, Frank Snowe, Grainne Kilmurry, Dermot Murray, Terry Kelleher and Sean Brown at this final meeting.
The dissolving of the Town Council will not reduce the involvement of Fingal County Council in promoting, developing and enhancing Balbriggan or diminish the democratic representation of its citizens. After the upcoming local elections on May 23rd representation on Fingal County Council will increase from 24 to 40 Councillors. I look forward to working with our extended Council to deliver the best for Fingal and I know the Balbriggan representatives returned to the Council will continue to work hard for the people of the town.
Balbriggan has experienced unprecedented growth in the last 10 years increasing in population from 7,000 in 2006 to 20,000 in 2011. It now has one of the youngest populations in Fingal. Like all of Fingal, the challenges for Balbriggan have been wide in recent years and one of my immediate priorities as County Manager is to proactively support Economic Development creating job opportunities for young people in Balbriggan and across Fingal.
The Town Hall, Civic Offices and Fingal County Library building at Georges Square was re-developed in recent years as part of an Urban Renewal Scheme for the Town Centre and Fingal County Council will retain a local County Council office here for the people of Balbriggan. Following the completion of the Balbriggan Public Realm project Fingal County Council has also applied for funding for street improvements in the town.
Fingal County Council staff have a proud record of excellent work with Balbriggan Town Council and I’d like to thank you all for your contribution over the years. In an interesting turn of fate I am reminded that Balbriggan Town Commissioners was first established in the 1860’s to introduce public gas lighting in the town. It’s fitting then that the new ‘Public Lighting Improvement Scheme’ for the Harbour area, that will use energy efficient low maintenance LED lights, will be joint funded by Balbriggan Town Council and Fingal County Council, ensuring the Town Council’s legacy is lighting the way for the future of Balbriggan.
Paul Reid – County Manager