There is a growing need for Lucan to have a public swimming pool as the population of the town has increased significantly over the years, according to Dublin Mid West TD Joanna Tuffy (Lab).
Speaking to the Gazette, Deputy Tuffy said: “I feel like it’s important for Lucan to have a public swimming pool because it’s a very big and growing developing area.
“If people from Lucan want to swim they have to travel outside the town, which is very inconvenient for some people.
“Out of all sports I think swimming is really important because people don’t necessarily have to be very athletic to enjoy it. I also think it’s a very important skill to learn because it can save your life,” said Deputy Tuffy.
Deputy Tuffy raised the issue in the Dail recently, asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, for his views on the need for a public swimming pool for Lucan.
In response to her question Minister of State for Sports and Tourism Michael Ring responded by saying: “The current round of the local authority swimming pool programme was closed to new applicants on July 31, 2000.
“No decision has been taken on the timing of a new round of the programme. If the programme re-opens it would be open to each local authority to submit an application under the terms that would apply at that time,” said Minister Ring.
Responding to his statement, Deputy Tuffy, said she is going to continue pressing the Government to reopen the swimming pool programme because of the multiple benefits it would bring to local communities.
“I suppose trying to get the Government to reopen [this programme] would be the most valuable amenity of all,” said the TD.
Lucan community worker and festival chairman Joe Byrne agrees that the need for a public swimming pool is of primary importance in Lucan.
He believes that if one was built it would be used to its full capacity.
“Of course there’s a big need for a public swimming pool in Lucan.
I take my own grandson over to Clondalkin for swimming lessons and there are always other children from Lucan there,” said Byrne. “With the growing number of people living in Lucan I would say that if we did have a swimming pool here it would be fully utilised.
“There has always been a lot of agitation for one as soon as we built the community centre in Griffeen. It’s obvious that a swimming pool should have been built next to it.
“Children should learn to swim at a very young age. It is a vital skill that saves lives and is a sport that any age group can avail of,” said Byrne.