Fingal ( Irish: Fine Gall ) is a county in the Republic of Ireland. It is not one of the 26 historic counties of the country but established on 1 January 1994 when the County Dublin was divided administratively.
The Fingal County includes the coastal strip north of the city of Dublin to the River Delvin. To the south it extends to the Liffey and borders the counties of Louth, Meath, Kildare and South Dublin. At Fingal include the international Dublin Airport and the Howth peninsula.
Fingal is Ireland's most important center for horticulture. Approximately 50 % of the national vegetable production and 75 % of the national greenhouse harvest are from the County. Since the major conurbations ( Blanchardstown, Swords, etc.) to expand strongly, however, have less and less space for agricultural production. Many settlements serve primarily as a bedroom community for the capital Dublin. In addition, the fishing still plays a certain role; Howth is one of the most important fishing ports on the east coast.
The distribution of seats in the Fingal County Council after the local elections of June 5, 2009:
Distribution of seats:
The largest cities are:
(As of 2006)