03 November 2011

Fitzgerald Welcomes Grant for Clondalkin Leisure Centre

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has today welcomed the announcement that Clondalkin Leisure Centre is to receive a grant to enable greater access for people with disabilities, along with additional funding under the green swimming pool initiative to make pools more energy efficient.
‘Clondalkin has a great amenity in our Leisure Centre and I think that this grant will be fantastic in allowing more people of all abilities to enjoy the facilities, in particular the swimming pool, in a sustainable environment’ said Minister Fitzgerald

The grant will be used for a range of purposes depending on the pool, including installing new ramps, widening doorways to allow wheelchair access, fitting hoists and providing purpose-built changing facilities. It is hoped that the grant will also help more pools to become energy efficient, reduce their impact on the environment and also reduce costs for taxpayers.

The grant is from the €5.3 million fund announced by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring. ‘I am delighted to be able to allocate further funding to improve access and facilities for people with disabilities in Clondalkin. These grants will also help to sustain jobs and create new ones at the work stage’ said Minister Ring.

‘I would encourage everybody to avail of the fantastic swimming pool and other facilities in Clondalkin Leisure Centre. Both South Dublin County Council and the centre staff do a great job in providing an invaluable service to the community and I hope this grant helps more people to use the Centre’ concluded Minister Fitzgerald.