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  • Southside

Row over swimming pool funding

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 8:00am

Story by Neil Fetherstonhaugh
Row over swimming pool funding
Row over swimming pool funding

THE loss of funding for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in Stillorgan has been described as a slap in the face to the local community.

Some €10 million in “ring-fenced” funding for the refurbishment of the pool was apparently cancelled after the project was reclassified as “funding not available” in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s list of capital projects.

Sinn Féin’s Stillorgan representative, Rosie Ní Laoghaire, said the local community who had campaigned for the reopening of the pool and who had been promised by politicians that the project would go ahead were “led up the garden path”.

 “Despite promises from local politicians, including Minister for Sport, Shane Ross that the funding of €10 million for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was ring fenced, a list circulated to councillors this week shows that the funding is now not available,” Ms Ní Laoghaire said.

“This is a slap in the face to the local community who have campaigned so hard for the reopening of our local pool and who were led to believe that the project would go ahead.

“It now seems that we were led up the garden path by our local politicians and that is unacceptable.

“My Sinn Féin colleagues on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council will be raising this issue at the council meeting this week.

“I am calling on Minister Ross to engage with the council to ensure that this project gets the required funding and that the swimming pool can reopen at the earliest opportunity.

“I have also asked my colleague in the Dáil Imelda Munster TD to raise this directly with Minister Ross.”

In response, a statement issued on behalf of  Minister Ross said the local authority had serious questions  to answer.

“The delay in delivering the swimming pool back to Stillorgan is now intolerable,” he stated. “Nearly a year ago I arranged for a mediator to bring the council together with Kilmacud Crokes to resolve any outstanding difficulties. 

“The question must be asked: Can the council still confirm that the funding will be available, as previously promised, when the talks conclude?”

A spokesperson for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council said they will not be making any comment until their Capital Programme which is on the agenda for this week’s meeting had been considered by the elected members.

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