New maintenance contract hoped to end Clondalkin Pool saga

by Padraig Conlon
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The long running Clondalkin Swimming Pool saga may be about to come to an end.

Since opening in 2008 there have been several different issues with the pool in Clondalkin Leisure Centre.

The latest problems occurred in May 2017 when a problem with the boom used to divide the pool into the shallow and deep areas prevented local swimming clubs from training.

The clubs require a pool length of 25m and as the boom was stuck at 17m they had to find alternative pools outside the local area.

Following extensive work the pool reopened in March 2018 after being closed for ten months.

Despite the repairs the mechanical boom is again not working and once more the pool is not fully operational.

At the latest Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting on Wednesday (17th) Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) asked the chief executive to repair the pool and enquired how much has been spent on repairs over the past 11 years.

“Following on several motions and questions from my colleagues, I am glad to announce that the swimming pool will be in full use shortly,” Cllr Gilligan told Dublin Gazette.

“A new annual maintenance contract has been entered into by the council.

“It is anticipated the pool will be operating at full capacity within a matter of weeks.

“This has been an on-going issue for a long, long time.”

Cllr Gilligan said it was about time the problems with the pool were sorted out.

“This comes at a critical time when many swimmers were getting fed up and considering going elsewhere,” he said.

“However, I’m happy now that these issues are laid to rest and hopefully the maintenance contract will mean should there be future issues, they will be rectified most urgently.

“I would like to thank the management for their help in sorting the issues out.

“To date, €238,952 has been spent on repairs to the Clondalkin Leisure Centre since the facility opened in 2008.

“It is estimated that the cost to repair the pool is €10,000,” Cllr Gilligan concluded.

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