Glenalbyn: Further protests as demand for swimming pool continues

by Gary Ibbotson
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Local residents, business owners and politicians were in attendance this past Saturday to campaign for the re-opening of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in Stillorgan.

Since 2015, activists have been campaigning to reopen the pool after it was closed in 2013 due to health and safety reasons.

€10m was once ‘ring-fenced’ for the re-development of the facility but that funding appears to have been shelved during the private mediation process between Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, who own the pool site, and Kilmacud Crokes GAA who own the neighbouring lands needed for access during a rebuild.

Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Catherine Martin TD attended the protest on Saturday and said: “It is now more than five years since Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was closed and the money to re-open the pool has been ringfenced by DLRCoCo for the majority of that time.

“The local community feels that the ongoing mediation has become a never-ending process, and I agree.

“I urge all parties concerned to come to a suitable agreement and a quick conclusion as swiftly as possible so this vital local amenity can be restored to the people of Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Mount Merrion and the surrounding areas,” she said.

Community group, Friends of Glenalbyn, who organised the protest says that the demand for the reopening of the swimming pool is certainly being felt.

“It was a terrific turnout by the community, represented by all age groups from the Stillorgan and surrounding areas,” says the group.

“What is different about these protests is that they are completely community led.  It is a gathering of complete strangers, but it feels very much like a reunion and new friendships are forming. 

“All united by one goal, to get their pool reopened.”

The group says it is comprised of over 300 members and each time they gather for protest, “the numbers double in size.”

Other notable attendees at the Saturday protest was People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett and councillor Melisa Halpin, Fine Gael councillors, Barry Saul, John Kennedy and Anna Grainger and representative for TD Josepha Madigan, Stephen O’Shea.

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