Fingal County Council is inviting people to have their say as part of the annual review of bathing waters across the region.Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Fingal County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:How your swimming area has been used up to now, How many people use the site, What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is, Any safety issues.The public consultation is available to view at https://consult.fingal.ie/en/browse. The closing date for submissions is June 22.

Fingal County Council wants to ensure the health and well-being of everyone in our County.

To do this, we need your help. We are asking residents to call our Customer Care Unit at 01 8905000 BEFORE visiting our public offices. We want to ensure that no unnecessary visits are made during this unprecedented time as much of what we do can be completed over the phone, by mail or online.  Paperwork can be sent by e-mail. E-mail addresses may be found on our website at www.fingal.ie Forms can  be dropped off at a special drop-box in County Hall, Swords and Civic Office, Blanchardstown. Currently our playgrounds, museums, libraries and the archives are closed to the public.  Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.  Phone services: Fingal County Council offers a number of services which can be dealt with by phone. To pay by phone:  housing rents, mortgage payments, parking fines.  Ph 890 5309 and 890 5154. You may contact our Customer Care Unit by e-mail CustomerCareUnit@fingal.ie  For any other information visit  www.fingal.ie

Our Parks remain open but we would remind you to exercise Social Distancing of 2 metres when visiting and heed our signage and find a quiet time or quieter place to visit.  While our Libraries are closed many Online Courses and Eservices are still accessible https://www.fingal.ie/fingallibraries 

Our recycling centres have become very busy so in order that we can implement Social Distancing we would advise to visit Monday to Thursday rather than Friday and Saturday when they are extremely busy. Health Information: To ensure access to the most up to date and accurate information on the Coronavirus, please use the HSE website  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html Stay safe! (Please note: you cannot acesss this website by clicking on here.)

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien kicked off the series by encouraging young people to keep active and demonstrating his own ‘keepy-uppy’ football skills, in a video accessible at https://bit.ly/3bWhKFk – followed by a Twitter challenge to all Fingal Councillors.

The Mayor tweeted: “Hey @FingalSports let's make this interesting! How many @Fingalcoco Cllrs can we get to post their sports skills challenge? I'll donate €10 to a local charity for every skills vid uploaded by a Cllr. A tenner forfeit for anyone who ducks out maybe?”

The Fingal Sports Stars videos to be released over the coming weeks will include information on the athlete and their road to success, their background and advice. The videos finish with a fun skills challenge for viewers to try at home.

During the Covid-19 situation Fingal County Council Sports Office continue to encourage people to stay at home and stay active.It has produced a number of ‘Fingal Digifit’ home exercise and sporting skills videos along with other activity sheets to keep children occupied. These can be found on the Healthy Fingal Learning Portal at https://learning.fingal.ie/ (cannot be accessed through this site)