Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and the imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.

Joint Policing Committees

Dublin City Council is the democratically elected body that governs Dublin City. We are the largest Local Authority in Ireland. In this section, you can learn more about how we are organized.

Joint Policing Committees were established in 2006 in all Local Authorities following a joint Directive from the Department of Justice and the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government following on from the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

The purpose is to provide a forum where the Local Authority and Senior Garda Officers responsible for policing and safety in the City, with the participation of Oireachtas Members and community interests, can consult, discuss, influence, and make recommendations affecting policing and safety in the City. It is also an important mechanism to encourage and facilitate an integrated approach from the relevant stakeholders.

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Dublin City Council has a City-wide Joint Policing Committee and five sub-committees based on the five areas of management/political structures in the City. The Dublin City Joint Policing Committee is Chaired by Councillor. The five area sub-committees are administered/ managed by the City Council Area manager in each of the Areas.

  • Central Area JPC
  • Dublin City JPC
  • North Central Area JPC
  • North West Area JPC
  • South Central Area JPC
  • South East Area JPC

There are also a number of Local Community Safety Fora in place throughout the City, some of whom were operating prior to the setting up of the Joint Policing Committees in 2006. These committees consist of Local Public Representatives, Local Authority Officials, Local Gardai, and Community Representatives.

The City Council’s Economic Development Unit through the implementation of a series of measures aims to facilitate economic activity in the City. The development of a Business Support Unit is one such initiative being undertaken. The Council recognizes the importance of the role that business plays in the economy and is committed to it.

The City Council through the delivery of its many key activities assists businesses on a daily basis and has established a Business Support Unit (BSU) that will further enhance this service. The unit which is an initiative of the Economic Development Department will provide information on, and coordinate access to the range of Dublin City Council services that are required for setting up or growing a business.

Small Businesses are the life-blood of Dublin City…

Dublin City provides a wealth of information to help if you are thinking about starting your own business, or have recently done so. The first part provides a guide to setting up or expanding your small business. The second part provides a directory of many of the agencies and organizations that can offer services and help to make sure that your business idea will succeed.

Local Enterprise Office and Dublin City Council have a wealth of experience in providing help to small businesses, just like yours. They have tried to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions such as:

  • What is an entrepreneur, and what does it take to start your own business?
  • What is a Business Plan, and who will help me prepare one?
  • How do I go about protecting my business idea?
  • Where can I get advice on finance?

All of the support agencies being very keen to help the development of a vibrant business community in the City.

Strategic Policy Committee Scheme

Dublin City Council considered a Draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2014 – 2019 at its meetings on the 23rd June and the 7th July, appointed Chairpersons, and Councillors to each SPC, agreed on the numbers on each, and approved a recruitment process for sectoral representation. The councilor members of each SPC, together with the Chair Designate, then selected sectoral organizations/groups from among the applications received and allotted places to the Pillars as per regulations.

  • Finance & Emergency Services SPC (12 Members)
  • Transportation SPC (21 Members)
  • Arts, Culture and Recreation SPC (14 Members)
  • Housing SPC (14 Members)
  • Environment SPC (10 Members)
  • Economic Development, Enterprise and International Relations SPC (10 Members)
  • Planning and Property Development SPC (10 Members)

Biodiversity can save Dublin millions

Well-managed biodiversity can help to reduce pollution, control floods, prevent erosion and generally improve the quality of life for you and your family. Over the long run, this can save us millions of Euros in infrastructure and health costs.

The Dublin City Development Plan (2016-2022)

  • Find or Submit a Planning Application
  • Weekly Planning Lists
  • Planning Application Forms
  • Development Contribution Scheme
  • Dublin City Development Plan
  • Urban Development Plans
  • Part 8 Proposals
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • MyPlan.ie
  • Local Enterprise Office
  • List of Purchase Orders made since 1998
  • Short Term Planning Regulations

Culture and Amenities

Dublin provides a wide range of services for citizens of Dublin and visitors to our city to enjoy. City services enable Irish culture experience, the arts and to engage in a host of sports and leisure activities or simply to take pleasure in our wonderful parks and amenities such as playgrounds. Services and events are easily accessible and many are free. Representatives of the city of Dublin are also responsible for a number of key projects such as the proposed new City Cultural Quarter at Parnell Square, the restoration of the Richmond Barracks at Inchicore, and the Temple Bar Project.



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