Fingal Arts Plan 2006 – 2010
With the 2003 Arts Act it became mandatory for local authorities to write and implement an Arts Development Plan for their administrative area. In 2006, the Council published its first Arts Development Plan, for Fingal. Written entirely in-house and rejecting the usual method of engaging consultants. The plan was the result of a year’s in depth consultation with a broad range of cultural groups, individuals, and arts organisations, both at local and national level.
The aim in writing the plan was to identify the strengths of cultural activity within the County, and place it within a greater Dublin and national context. The plan has since been acknowledged by the Arts Council of Ireland, as an example of best practice, and continues to be used as a template for other local authorities.