dlr County Council announce 2018 Council Budget

The Chief Executive of dlr County Council, Philomena Poole, brought the draft budget to Council for adoption in November. On adoption of the budget for 2018, the Chief Executive commented on the increase of over €5m in expenditure from 2017.

“I am happy to announce that 2018 will see €177 million being invested in the county by the Council.  We will see a range of economic supports delivered through the Local Enterprise Office which includes Business Support Grants and Mentoring, the launch of the Council’s Tourism Strategy and the promotion of the whole Dublin region.  There will be no increase in parking charges and indeed for the Christmas period a special Parking Promotion which gives you one extra hour free on-street parking.

In our promotion of quality of life, we will see the opening of the new regional park at Fernhill commence; there will be €240,000 spent in supporting community organisations through the grants programme, the Music Generation Programme has been secured for dlr and the Library Programme continues to be an outstanding resource to all of the people of the county.  dlr also continues its high performance standard in the delivery of social housing.

dlr’s built environment will continue to receive investment in 2018.  The LED programme of street lights; the tree management programme; the implementation of the Council’s major capital programme; the delivery of the new town of Cherrywood and increasing the footpath repair programme is just a sample of the initiatives.”


  • Promotion of quality of life initiatives
  • New regional park at Fernhill
  • Support of community organisations through the grants programme
  • Music Generation Programme launching in 2018
  • Increase in Book Fund and continuation of dlr LexIcon Sunday opening
  • Increased funding for social housing provision
  • 15% reduction in the Local Property Tax retained for 2018


  • Support of start-ups and micro-enterprises through the Local Enterprise Office
  • Grants for business expansion and marketing
  • Finance of mentoring and networking services
  • Continued support of pop-up shop and CoCo Markets for small business, including shop front grants and business support grants
  • General events offered by the Council such as Iron Man, Concerts and other festivals which attract tourists
  • dlr’s Tourism Strategy now in place - new tourism kiosk delivered for the town of Dún Laoghaire


  • Delivery of new town at Cherrywood
  • Tree management programme
  • Continued roll out of LED lighting programme
  • Implementation of the dlr’s Capital Programme
  • Extension of the footpath repair programme
  • Enhancement of the cycling infrastructure

Article Published: 14/12/2017