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McDonald welcomes extended funding for Seán McDermott Street Swimming Pool

11 December, 2009

Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed today’s allocation of €200,000 from Dublin City Council to keep three swimming pools open for at least six months. The swimming pools were to be closed before Christmas.

Ms. McDonald has been heavily involved in the campaign to keep Seán McDermott Street Swimming Pool open. Speaking after Dublin City Council made its announcement today she said the campaign must continue to see the long term future of the pool secured.

Ms. McDonald said, “This news is obviously a welcome development and shows how people putting pressure on the council and the elected politicians in the North Inner City can make a difference. However, the council has not made a commitment to retain the pool in the long-term, only for the next six months.

“It is vitally important that people keep up the pressure and not just to keep the pool open, but to see it upgraded and improved. I and Sinn Féin will continue to campaign to keep this pool open in the long term. The community here in the North Inner City cannot afford to lose more of what are already too few facilities.” ENDS

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