Dublin swimming pools to remain open

Swimming pools at Sean MacDermott Street, Crumlin and Coolock are to remain open for at least six months, the city manager has said.

The Dublin City Council swimming pools were due to close in August if funds were not found.

With protests against the closures outside, councillors at the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council in April  unanimously passed a motion supporting standalone swimming pools in the city until these were replaced by regional sports and leisure centres.

Welcoming the decision, Cllr Aodhan O Riordain (Labour) said, “This will give councillors the opportunity to fight for their survival again during the estimates process. The pools were due to close this summer”.

O Riordain claimed the move vindicates the stance of the Labour Party councillors who secured €600,000 in last years budget to prolong the opening of the pools, despite he said that the closures were presented to councillors as an immediate proposal only a few short weeks previously.

He added: “This funding which we secured allowed councillors the necessary breathing space to find positive solutions to save the pools in the long term, and we are determined to do so in the next estimates process. There is no circumstance where I would stand over a situation where three pools in disadvantaged areas would be closed and city management can be assured of my co-operation in finding a long-term solution to the issue.”

When the pools were threaten with closure in April, a group against closure, Save Our Swimming Pools claimed the pools in the city have been deliberately neglected, and promises that the standalone pools would be replaced by leisure centres were now unlikely.

IMAGE: Photograph by sundancekidsome rights reserved.

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