Fingal Digital Strategy - Appendices


Appendix A

Digital Fingal Oversight Group


John Quinlivan (Chair)

Director of Services

Corporate Affairs & Governance

Aishling Hyland

Digital Strategy Manager

Information Technology

Dominic Byrne

Head of IT

Information Technology

Brian Buckley

Senior Executive Officer

Corporate Affairs & Governance

Colm McQuinn

Information & Data Management Officer

Corporate Affairs & Governance

Pat Boyle

Senior Architect


Íde De Bairtiséil

Senior Executive Officer


Aoife Sheridan

Senior Executive Officer

Economic, Enterprise

& Tourism Development

Helen O’Donnell

Senior Executive Librarian


Shay Barker

Senior Executive Officer


Paul Smyth

Senior Executive Officer


Gerry McDermott

Media & Communications Manager


Catherine O’Donovan

Senior Executive Officer


Philip Long

Senior Executive Officer



Other Contributors


Aishling Lennon

Smart Dublin

Alan Murphy

Smart Dublin

Giovanni Maccani

Maynooth University

Niall Connolly

Maynooth University

Jamie Moore

Fingal PPN

Oisin Geoghegan

Fingal LEO

Appendix B


Fingal County Council developed a Digital Strategy Strategic Issues Paper to support consultation and stakeholder engagement. The document presented an overview of the Strategy framework and set out questions to encourage discussion. The Issues Paper was published on the Council’s consultation portal and was shared widely through the Council’s communication channels. Hard copies of the Paper were made available in Fingal Libraries and Council Offices. The Issues Paper consultation was open from 4 June until 28 July 2019.

Full details of the paper and submissions can be found here

Members of the public were asked to give their feedback in one of the following ways:

•       online at

•       by email to  [email protected]

•       by post to Digital Strategy Manager, Information Technology Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. K67 X8Y2


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Appendix C


The Department of Rural and Community Development contracted Indecon Economic Consultants to undertake a Digital Readiness Assessment  (DRA)  of  each  local  authority.  The DRAs provide an overview of each county’s digital maturity, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and can be used as a guide to measure progress.

The standard of Fingal County Council’s digital capability is higher than the national average, according the National Digital Readiness  Assessment  report  released  by  the  Department of Rural and Community Development.

The DRAs look at  local authority public services and infrastructure, citizens, businesses, as well as the activities of the Council itself.

The report sets aside a seven-pillar approach to  digital  maturity.  The  seven  pillars  identified are:

•       Pillar I: Transitioning to Digital

•       Pillar II: Infrastructure

•       Pillar III: Digital Economy & Employment

•       Pillar IV: Digital Services

•       Pillar V: Digital Skills

•       Pillar VI: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

•       Pillar VII: Community & Culture

Fingal County Council performed higher than the national average on each of the seven pillars and is performing on par with its peer group (urban areas with a rural population below 30%).

The DRA classed Fingal County Council as ‘Highly Developed’ in terms of digital infrastructure and ranks the Council as ‘Transformational’ in digital economy and employment. The report also ranked Fingal County as ‘Developed/Highly Developed’ with regard to the provision of digital services.

A copy of the full national average of local digital readiness assessment is available at the following link:

Digital Maturity Assessment Dashboard

•       Fingal County performed well under Pillar V (Digital  Infrastructure)

•       Further progress is possible in Fingal County across all Pillars, including Pillar II (Digital Economy and Employment)

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Appendix D



Fingal County Council is committed to developing and improving the County’s digital infrastructure and services. Access to free public Wi-Fi in our major town centres and villages will be a major asset to our visitors, businesses and residents. The provision of free public WiFi and improving digital infrastructure is a strategic objective of the Council’s Digital Strategy.

The introduction of this service will strengthen  Fingal’s  reputation  as  a  forward  thinking and digitally inclusive urban and rural landscape, which strongly  promotes access  to  on-  line services and information across the County. The initiative is being project managed by  the Council’s Information Technology Department, with liaison across relevant departments within the Council.


The key aims of the Council’s Wi-Fi project are to:


•       Provide free public access to internet services at key destinations in major town centres and villages.


•       Promote Fingal as a forward-thinking and digitally inclusive region.


•       Introduce free public Wi-Fi as an aid to foster economic growth, making Fingal a more attractive destination for citizens, business and visitors.


•       Increase public access to on-line services and information.


•       Work with industry to promote investment in digital infrastructure.


The rollout of public Wi-Fi hotspots will be implemented on a phased basis, prioritising areas of strategic importance identified in the Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 – Major Town Centres, Town and District Centres, Local Centres and Rural Villages. Public Wi-Fi hotspots  will be installed in a variety of public areas including town centre main streets, village centres, community centres and parks. The roadmap is broken into 6 phases










Commercial operator providing free WiFi service

Balbriggan, Malahide


Smart Bench WiFi hotspots across 8 towns & villages

Blanchardstown, Swords, Howth, Balbriggan, Malahide, Skerries, Portmarnock, Rush


WIFI4EU initiative - major town centres

Blanchardstown, Swords


WIFI4EU initiative – town and district centres

Blanchardstown, Howth, Malahide, Skerries, Rush, Portmarnock, Castleknock, Clonsilla, Donabate, Lusk, Sutton, Baldoyle


WIFI4EU initiative – rural villages

Santry, Kinsealy, Ballyboughal, Balscadden, Coolquay, Garristown, Naul, Rivermeade, St. Margarets, Oldtown, Ballymadun


Broadband Connection Points – under the National Broadband Plan

Balscadden, Man O’War, Oldtown, Tyrrelstown, Ardgillan, Newbridg

Full details of the Fingal County Council Public Wi-Fi Roadmap can be found at

Appendix E



BCP Broadband Connection Point

DCCAE Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

DFOG Digital Fingal Oversight Group

DRA Digital Readiness Assessment

DRCD Department of Rural and Community Development

FCC Fingal County Council

LEO Local Enterprise Office

NBI National Broadband Ireland

NBP National Broadband Plan

NDS National Digital Strategy

PPN Public Participation Network

TUD Technology University Dublin


Broadband In the context of Internet access, broadband is used to mean any high-speed Internet access - delivering speeds upwards of 30mb download and 6mb upload.

Digitalisation Digitalisation is the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business.

WiFi WiFi or wireless fidelity is the name of a wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide high-speed network and Internet connections.

AI Artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems.

AR Augmented reality (AR) a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

VR Virtual reality (VR) the computer-generated simulation of a three- dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.

STEAM STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Smart City  A smart city is a municipality that uses information Region / County and communication technologies (ICT) to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

Digital Single Market The Digital Single Market is a policy belonging to the European Single Market Market that covers digital marketing, E-commerce & telecommunications.

Smart Dublin Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve life in Dublin city and region.

All-Ireland Smart Cities Forum The All Ireland Smart Cities Forum is a community of practice Smart Cities focused on the advancement of cities in both the Republic of Forum Ireland and Northern Ireland through the deployment of, and value creation generated by, smart city programmes.

IoT IoT is short for Internet of Things. The Internet of Things refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.

Machine Learning Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) Learning that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed.

Appendix F


1       Fingal County Council Corporate Plan 

2       The Fingal Development Plan 2017 – 2023 Plan%202017-2023%20-%20Written%20Statement_compressed_ compressed.pdf

3       Fingal Libraries Development Plan 2018 – 2023 Development%20Plan%202018-23.pdf

4       Fingal Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016 – 2020 community_plan_2016_-_2020.pdf

5       Climate Change Action Plan 2019 – 2024

6       Smart Dublin Strategy

7       Fingal Skills Strategy uploads/2019/04/Fingal-Co-Co-Skills-Strategy-Document-WEB5.pdf

8       Sustainable Development Goals

9       The National Broadband Plan for Ireland

10     Ireland’s National Digital Strategy communications/topics/Digital-Strategy/Pages/default.aspx

11     Digital Readiness Assessment for Irish Local Authorities, Indecon Economic Consultatnts 3c6344528e0a27685149ccfa.pdf#page=1

12     The National Broadband Plan – Coverage Maps broadband-plan/high-speed-broadband-map/Pages/Constituency-Maps. aspx

13     Open Data Strategy 2017 – 2022

14     Migrant Integration and Cohesion Strategy 2019-2024

15     Fingal Age Friend Strategy

16     Fingal Libraries Development Plan 2018 – 2023 Development%20Plan%202018-23.pdf

17     Fingal Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 – 2021 community_plan_2016_-_2020.pdf

18     Libraries Lead with Digital

19     Smart Community Initiative, Meeting with the Joint Committee on Rural and Community Development, 6 February 2019. Statement by Minister Seán Canney development/submissions/2019/2019-02-06_opening-statement-sean- canney-t-d-minister-of-state-at-the-department-of-rural-and-community- development-and-the-department-of-communications-climate-action- and-environment_en.pdf

20     Future Jobs Ireland 2019

21     Smart Dublin Strategy

22     Small Business Innovation Research, Enterprise Ireland

23     Census of Population 2016 – Profile 6 Commuting in Ireland

24     Open Innovation 2.0, Digital Single Market

25     All Ireland Smart Cities Forum

26     Definition: Digital Native, Collins Dictionary

27     Definition: Digital Native, Collins Dictionary

28     Global Mobile Consumer Survey, Deloitte (2017) telecommunications/articles/global-mobile-consumer-survey-2017.html

29     Smart Cities Market Outlook 2025, Allied Market Research

30     Census of Population 2016

31     Bridging the Rural Digital Divide, OECD (2018)

32     Europe 2020 Strategy

33     Digital Agenda, EU Digital Single Market

34     EU Budget, EU Commission (2018) release_IP-18-4043_en.htm

35     The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) (2018) index-desi

37     National Digital Strategy for Ireland communications/topics/Digital-Strategy/Pages/default.aspx

38     Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 Plan%202017-2023%20-%20Written%20Statement_compressed_ compressed.pdf

39     Fingal Libraries Development Plan 2018-2023 Development%20Plan%202018-23.pdf

40     Fingal Skills Strategy

41     Fingal Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016 – 2020 community_plan_2016_-_2020.pdf

42     The National Broadband Plan – Coverage Maps broadband-plan/high-speed-broadband-map/Pages/Constituency-Maps. aspx

43     National Broadband Plan Mapping Consultation Conclusion-of-NBP-Mapping-Exercise.aspx