The Department of Sports has given the green-light to South Dublin County Council to tender for the long-awaited Lucan Swimming Pool.
The pool has been high on the agenda for many locals campaigners and public representatives with the project receiving cross-party support.
Local TD Frances Fitzgerald said the news that the project was to move to tender was welcome.
“There has been demand for a swimming pool in Lucan for decades, with newer residents in particular buying houses in Lucan on the understanding that one was scheduled for the area as per the Local Area Development Plans,” she said.
“As a TD for the area, I have been a consistent supporter of the need for a local swimming pool and supported the resident-led #Pool4Lucan campaign, which has been keeping this topic on the agenda of local representatives and the council.”
Deputy Fitzgerald added that, while Lucan was heavily developed during the economic boom, the required local amenities were not developed in tandem with housing.
“The young couples who bought during this period are now parents to teenagers who are looking for things to do outside of school,” she said.
“Nationally, the demand for swimming facilities is also on the rise with Sport Ireland’s data for 2017 showing an increase in swimming.
“This pool and leisure facility will provide a fantastic resource for all ages and abilities, and will be a great boost to the area. I look forward to building beginning in the near future and seeing this project finally become a reality.”
South Dublin Mayor Paul Gogarty (Ind) also welcomed the news.
He said: “Having campaigned on this for years it is fantastic that it is finally, eventually coming to fruition.
“We’ve waited a long, long time and it’s now just around the corner.”
It is understood that South Dublin County Council are eager to have the tender process completed by the end of the summer, with work scheduled to begin once a contractor is selected.
The pool will cost €13 million and is expected to open some time next year.