Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
261. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport if she will confirm that she will respond to any application from Dublin City Council for funding for the refurbishment of the swimming pools at Crumlin, Séan McDermott Street and Coolock; the amount of money that has been allocated for this programme for 2010. [30396/10]
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Under the current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme which closed to applicants on 31 July, 2000, no application was received from Dublin City Council on behalf of Crumlin, Coolock or Sean Mc Dermott Street swimming pools.
Under the current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme, operated by my Department, grant aid is provided to a maximum of €3.8m to Local Authorities, towards the capital cost of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools. As already stated, the current round of the programme closed to applicants on 31 July 2000. Under the programme, 45 pools have been opened throughout the country with a further 12 pools at various stages of development. Cumulative expenditure from 2000 to date amounts to €144.5m and this has leveraged expenditure of some €400m in swimming pools throughout the country. In the administrative area of Dublin City Council, new pools have been opened in Finglas, Ballyfermot, St. Michael`s House (Belcamp Lane Dublin), Ballymun and work is underway on a new pool at Rathmines. The allocation of €7.5m in 2010 will be sufficient to meet commitments arising in 2010 under the current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.
No decision has been taken on the timing of a new round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme. When a new round of the Programme is launched it will be open to all Local Authorities, including Dublin City Council on behalf of Crumlin, Coolock and Sean McDermott Street Swimming Pools, to submit an application under the terms that will apply.
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