Swimming pool project resurfaces for 2016

by Alen McMahon

A public swimming pool for Lucan has officially been included in South Dublin County Council’s three-year capital rolling budget and was given an estimated cost of €10m.
The call for its inclusion was initially turned down because the council felt that the overall cost of a swimming pool had not yet been calculated.
However, at the December council meeting, chief executive Daniel McLoughlin revealed that the council had accounted for the full estimated sum of €10m for the new pool in the programme.
This news has been welcomed by public officials who have been pushing for its inclusion.
Cllr Paul Gogarty (Ind) said: “Following on from the €400,000 allocated for the design of the Lucan pool agreed in this year’s budget, I pressed for the chief executive to include projections for the overall cost of the pool in the rolling three-year capital programme.
“This was supported by my Independent Community Alliance councillors Liona O’Toole and Guss O’Connell at the time and subsequently also pushed by others.
“I made the point that in seeking the proportion of national funding required, it would be helpful for the council to have budgeted for the entire estimated cost of the programme. The chief executive has now done so,” he said.
The total funding for the pool will need to come from a number of different bodies, including the Government.
Earlier this year, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told The Gazette that an announcement regarding the re-opening of the National Swimming Pool Programme would soon be made, with Lucan being included in it.
Speaking to The Gazette this week, she said: “I have been working closely with my colleague Minister of Sports Michael Ring in relation to the potential for national funding towards the pool project. I wish to thank Minister Ring and his officials for their commitment to this project. Substantial progress has been made and I expect a formal announcement to be made shortly regarding national funding.”
Also commenting on this latest development Cllr Liona O’Toole (Ind) said: “It still doesn’t mean a pool is on the way, but it is yet another positive step. It’s now up to central Government to provide its share of funding.
“Since the last local elections, there has been renewed impetus to get the pool project back on track – politicians of all persuasions have been constructive in working towards this end. The item has been kept on the agenda thanks to the work done by [people] in the Lucan Swimming Pool campaign.”

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