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Emergency Management

26 Mar 2020

Fingal County Council and COVID-19: Help us to help you.

Fingal County Council's public offices are now closed to the general public.

A number of our services can be completed over the phone, by mail or online.

You can contact Customer Care Unit at 01 8905000 . Paperwork can be sent by e-mail. E-mail addresses may be found on our website at

Full details can be found here.


Fingal Community Response Forum

A dedicated community support helpline and email address has been launched to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice. Find out more here.

Howth Special Amenity Area Order

In 1999 Fingal County Council recognised the exceptional character of Howth by making the Howth Special Amenity Area Order.

The Howth Order was confirmed by the Minister for the Environment on 16th May 2000.

The Howth Special Amenity Area Order protects many of the special qualities of the area and aims to preserve and enhance the character and special features of Howth.

It covers a total of 547 hectares, including Ireland's Eye and the heathland, woods, cliffs, shingle beaches and wooded residential areas of the south-eastern half of the Howth peninsula.

These areas have a rich diversity of flora and fauna and include protected species such as the green-winged orchid, the red squirrel and seabirds such as kittiwakes, guillemots and gannets.

The order also designates a 21km network of public footpaths, which are shown on SAAO Map A.

The Howth Special Amenity Area Order Committee consists of councillors for the area and local groups, and works to protect and enhance the SAAO area.

Minutes of the Committee meetings are available on the Council's website.


Howth Special Amenity Area Order

Howth SAAO Factsheet‌

Howth SAAO - Leaflet 

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Map A.

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Map B

Howth SAAO Operational Plan 2015 - 2020

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Fire Safety Policy Guidelines

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Design Guidelines

‌Assessment of Red Squirrels on Howth 2011

Howth Habitats Draft Report

Howth Heathland Management Draft Report

Howth Invasive Species Report 2018

Howth Breeding Birds Survey 2018

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