A local Minister has told Dublin Gazette that the mediation process in the campaign to reopen Glenalbyn pool has come to an end.
In 2013, the Stillorgan pool was closed due to structural problems, and local activists have been campaigning to reopen the pool.
In 2017, a mediation process started between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) who own the pool site, which is landlocked, and Kilmacud Crokes GAA, who own the neighbouring lands needed for access during a rebuild.
Independent TD for Dublin-Rathdown and Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross told Dublin Gazette that he received a text from DLRCC on Monday to say that the mediation process has come to a close.
“I got a text from [DLRCC] saying they had their final meeting, as part of the mediation process.
“[The text said] ‘We have not yet put our formal proposal to the club. This should go later this week.’
“What they mean by that is [DLRCC] are now putting their formal proposals for the reopening of Glenalbyn to Kilmacud Crokes.
“I very much hope and expect that Crokes will then put that to their members to decide whether they accept or reject it.”
Recently, locals have been venting their frustration online about the lack of progress on the mediation process.
One wrote: “Disappointed to hear the mediation process is still rolling on between Crokes and the Council. Just how long more will it go on?!”
While another wrote: “Crokes need to allow access! It’s very simple, with site access there is no argument. This is an essential amenity for the whole community, not just those that play GAA…”
Minister Ross said he has felt as frustrated as the locals too with the length of time the mediation process has taken, but he feels encouraged by the news this week.
“It is progress. [DLRCC] have now got a proposal. The mediation process appears to be over. The proposal is now going to Crokes, the ball will be in their court.
“It’s kind of encouraging. I’m so enthusiastic about reopening the pool. I’m as frustrated as
[the locals are]
by the length of time it took.
“I’m really keen that Glenalbyn should be opened.”