Loss of funding for Stillorgan Swimming Pool a slap in the face to the local community, says local Sinn Féin rep Rosie Ní Laoghaire
Sinn Féin Stillorgan representative Rosie Ní Laoghaire has said news the the €10million supposedly ring fenced for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool has been cancelled as a slap in the face to the local community who have campaigned for the re-opening of the pool and who were had been promised by local politicians that the project would go ahead.
Speaking today Ms Ní Laoghaire said;
“Despite promises from local politicians including Minister for Sport Shane Ross that the funding of €10million for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was ring fenced, a list circulated to Councillors this week’s shows that the funding is now not available.
“This is a slap in the face to the local community who have campaigned so hard for the re-opening of our local pool and who were led to believe that the project would go ahead.
“It now seems that we were led up the garden path by our local politicians and that is unacceptable.
“My Sinn Féin colleagues on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council will be raising this issue at the council meeting on Monday evening and I am calling on Minister Ross to engage with the council to ensure that this project gets there required funding and that the swimming pool can reopen at the earliest opportunity. I have also asked my colleague in the Dáil Imelda Munster TD to raise this directly with Minister Ross.
“It must be remembered that it was the transfer of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and its liabilities by Shane Ross to the council that put this capital project in jeopardy despite the fact that Minister Ross has publicly committed to the reopening of the pool.
“The mediation put in place by Minister Ross with Kilmacud Crokes has been ongoing for over a year with no end in sight. Locals have had no feedback as a non disclosure clause is in place. We believe that this is a smokescreen and another attempt by the Minister to long finger the pool.”