Call to conclude Glenalbyn pool mediation process

by Rebecca Ryan

A local councillor has called for the mediation process involved in the restoration of Glenalbyn pool to be completed.

In late 2017, Minister Shane Ross initiated a mediation process between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) who own the pool site and Kilmacud Crokes GAA who own the neighbouring lands for access to Glenalbyn during a rebuild.

The call comes as Cllr John Kennedy (FG) welcomed the outcome of a recent Dundrum Area Committee vote to seek multimillion government funding.

“The Government’s new €100 million Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) is open to projects such as Glenalbyn Swimming Pool and in the context of stated funding uncertainty in light of the recent acquisition of Dun Laoghaire Harbour it is important that the council seeks whatever Government funding support can be realistically availed of.

“A mediation process has been ongoing in relation to the proposed restoration of Glenalbyn Pool and at this stage I believe that sufficient time has been allocated to this process.

“An aim should now be made to conclude the mediation, resolving any outstanding matters of discussion, in time for the LSSIF funding application to be submitted for the April deadline.

“It is time for the Glenalbyn Project to move forward and I believe that a multi-million funding award from the Government LSSIF fund would help finalise the project,” said Cllr Kennedy.

In response, Minister Shane Ross told Dublin Gazette: “Obviously, I share the frustrations of all councillors and the community while the mediation process is continuing.

“DLRCC and Kilmacud Crokes will be meeting with the mediator again later this week and we should all unite to support their efforts to bring the pool back to Glenalbyn with a solution that is agreeable to all parties.”

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