Lucan TD, Minister Frances Fitzgerald has today announced that funding has been granted from Government for a swimming pool in Lucan. Minister for Sport, Michael Ring has granted funding to South Dublin County Council to proceed with building a pool, which is expected to be completed and available for families to use next year.
"I am really delighted to announce to the children and families of Lucan that a pool is about to become a reality. The building of this pool has been a personal and political goal of mine,” Fitzgerald said following the announcement.
“I am very pleased that my efforts have resulted in this long awaited pool becoming a reality. There is a need for quality community amenities for Lucan and not least a swimming pool. In my canvassing on the doors during the recent General Election, I committed to continue my work to ensure that this project would come to a successful conclusion and today I have made good on this promise.
“As a Government Minister I worked hard to restore the economy, so we could invest in services once more, such as this important local amenity of a pool for Lucan. As Irelands first Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I worked to represent and deliver for families in Lucan at both a local and national level, including investment in schools, funding for sports clubs and now, delivering funding from Government for this much – needed swimming pool.
“I worked tirelessly to keep Lucan and the need for a swimming pool on the agenda of my colleague, Minister for Sport, Michael Ring. I stressed to him the need for Government to assist in developing community pools in areas such as Lucan, which has rapidly developed over the years with a current population of almost 46,000. I announced in January that the Government re-opened the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme which had been closed since 2000, thus opening the way for South Dublin County Council to submit their application for the pool.
“The real turning point in this project was a meeting between Minister Ring and the CEO of South Dublin County Council Danny McLoughlin. Agreement was reached in principle that a community pool could be built in Lucan if both the Council and the Government could provide the necessary funding. Minister Ring undertook to look at the feasibility of opening the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme, recognising that Lucan was indeed long overdue the facility of a pool. Late last year Mr. McLoughlin confirmed that if Government funding became available, the Council would be in a position to provide funding. The Council agreed to allocate €400,000 for design and planning, and including the commitment to fund the pool in the Capital Programme 2016 - 18.
“In January, Minister Ring opened the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme which cleared the way for the Council to submit their proposal. Today it was announced that their application was successful and now, after 12 years of waiting, a swimming pool for Lucan will become a reality.
“I would like to thank residents and the #Pool4Lucan campaign for all their efforts. I would also like to acknowledge the commitment of local Councillors, in particular Cllrs Casserly and Lavelle, who kept the pool to the forefront of the Council’s agenda. I want to pay particular tribute to Mr Danny McLoughlin, CEO of South Dublin County Council, for his vision and continuous support during the development of this project. He has assured me that given the availability of national funding, that the project will now move speedily forward. I wait in anticipation to see the Council’s plans and greatly look forward to the completion of the project, in a timely manner,” she concluded.