Wednesday, 24 November 1999
Dáil Éireann Debate
104. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation the position in regard to the building of the Olympic standard 50 metre swimming pool; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24708/99]
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation (Dr. McDaid): The Government, in line with the commitment given in the joint programme, An Action Plan for the Millennium, decided, in November 1997, to initiate a tender procedure inviting proposals for the design, financing, construction and management of a national 50 metre swimming pool.
This tender procedure, which was conducted in accordance with EU Council Directive 93/37/EEC, concerning the co-ordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, culminated, in July of this year, in the selection of a proposal submitted by the University of Limerick to develop a 50 metre swimming pool on their campus.
My Department is currently finalising contractual details with the university, whose proposal is based on receiving a capital grant of £5.95 million and an operational subsidy of £190,000 per annum for 20 years. The swimming pool will form part of the university's multi-purpose sports building project, which is currently under construction, and is located close to the national coaching and training centre. The university anticipate that the pool will be operational by October 2000.
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