Lucan is at long last to get a swimming pool

by Ian Begley
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Government funding has officially been granted for a public swimming pool in Lucan.
In a Gazette exclusive, it has been announced that South Dublin County Council’s application for a swimming pool was successful, and now after 30 years of waiting, a swimming pool for Lucan will become a reality.
The funding of €3.8m will allow the council to proceed with the pool’s construction, located on a new sports and leisure campus at Griffeen, which is expected to be completed and available for the community to use by next year.
In December, the pool was included in the council’s three-year capital rolling budget, given an estimated cost of €10m. The council gave a commitment to fund the remainder of the government €3.8m funding in its Capital Programme 2016 – 18 and agreed to allocate €400,000 for design and planning.
Welcoming the announcement, Lucan acting Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “I am really delighted to announce to the children and families of Lucan that a pool is about to become a reality. The building of this pool has been a personal and political goal of mine.
“There is a need for quality community amenities for Lucan and not least a swimming pool. I worked tirelessly to keep Lucan and the need for a swimming pool on the agenda of my colleague, acting Minister for Sport, Michael Ring.
“I stressed to him the need for Government to assist in developing community pools in areas such as Lucan, which has rapidly developed over the years with a current population of almost 46,000.
“The real turning point in this project was a meeting between Minister Ring and the CEO of South Dublin County Council Danny McLoughlin.
“Agreement was reached in principle that a community pool could be built in Lucan if both the council and the Government could provide the necessary funding. Minister Ring undertook to look at the feasibility of opening the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme, recognising that Lucan was indeed long overdue the facility of a pool. Late last year Mr McLoughlin confirmed that if Government funding became available, the council would be in a position to provide funding.
“I would like to thank residents and the #Pool4Lucan campaign for all their efforts. I would also like to acknowledge the commitment of local Councillors, in particular Cllrs Casserly and Lavelle, who kept the pool to the forefront of the Council’s agenda. I want to pay particular tribute to Mr Danny McLoughlin, CEO of South Dublin County Council, for his vision and continuous support during the development of this project.
“He has assured me that given the availability of national funding, that the project will now move speedily forward.
“I wait in anticipation to see the council’s plans and greatly look forward to the completion of the project, in a timely manner,” she concluded.
The campaign for a public swimming pool in Lucan has been ongoing for about 30 years and has been the topic of many county council motions tabled by local representatives including a campign from Independent Community Alliance members for Lucan: Liona O’Toole, Gus O’Connell and Paul Gogarty.

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