Council seeks funding for reopening of pool

by Gary Ibbotson

The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced that it will apply for funding for the reopening of the Glenalbyn Swimming Pool through the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.

The swimming pool, which closed in 2013 due to safety concerns has been the target of much debate over the past few months as residents battle to get it renovated and reopened.

Councillor John Kennedy tabled a motion this January calling for an application to be made to seek multi-million government funding support to restore the pool. The motion passed by narrow margin of seven votes to six.

When asked about the project, Minister Shane Ross said: “I am happy to say that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reiterated they are fully committed to the project and we were assured that progress is being made.

“I also encouraged the Council to apply for Stage 1 funding for the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund, which involves funding for the design stage of the project.

“The aim of the LSSIF fund is to provide support for larger sports facility projects. In some cases, these may be projects where the primary objective will be to increase active participation in sport.

“In other cases, these may be large scale venues/stadia where the focus is more related to social participation and high performance sport,” says Minister Ross.

Philomena Poole, the Chief Executive of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had previously voiced her reservations to the renovation saying that “it would be unwise to delay the progress of other projects such as Stillorgan Library, Fernhill and the East Pier repairs tying up the funds assigned for Glenalbyn.”

As Glenalbyn Swimming Pool is landlocked within the grounds of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club, queries have been raised by the club.

“If a pool is proposed to be built which would encroach on our ability to use our own property to the fullest to meet our needs, we will have an issue with that,” says Ronnie Murray, public relations officer.

“The club continues to take part in collaborative dialogue with DLRCC on any proposals they may make to re-open the pool. In general, we fully support the development of sporting facilities in our community.”

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