Lucan TD, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed another significant step in the Design process for the new Swimming Pool for Lucan.
"I am glad to see the Council has forwarded their recommended Consultant Design Team to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for their approval. This is a significant step in the planning and design stages and I wish to commend the Council on their progression of this project," said Fitzgerald.
Earlier this year, Government approved funding for a Swimming Pool for Lucan under the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme 2016-18. The re-opening of this fund for the first time since 2000 gave the Council the necessary support to build a pool after 12 years of waiting for Lucan residents.
"This is a project in the hearts and minds of many residents and it has been a real example of what we can achieve when we work together. I initiated a meeting between the South Dublin County Council CEO Danny McLoughlin and the then Minister for Sport Michael Ring, to kick start the project at official level again. This meeting provided a turning point in making a swimming pool a reality when an agreement in principle was reached by both parties that, if Government funding became available, the Council would provide the additional funding and build a pool. Government was able to re-open the National Swimming Pool Funding Programme following a feasibility study and the Council approved €400,000 in funding for design and planning as well as a commitment to fund the build in their Capital Programme 2016- 18. The result of this was the awarding of funding to the Council under the re-opened Programme, allowing them to finally deliver this project.
"I would like to acknowledge the commitment of local Councillors, in particular my colleagues Cllrs Vicki Casserly and William Lavelle, who kept the pool to the forefront of the Council’s agenda. I was pleased to play my part and ensure that the pool finally came to fruition and want to thank the Council for their work in putting proposals, designs and plans together. They are certainly working to deliver it without delay and hope to have it completed in Autumn 2017," concluded Fitzgerald.