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    Locals Increase Pressure to Re-Open Glenalbyn Pool

    Shane Ross, T.D addresses the Public Meeting calling for the re-opening of Glenalbyn Pool.

    Last Monday, local Independent Alliance TD and Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, echoed the distress of the community at the unacceptable delay and vowed to continue to use his public platform to apply pressure on Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to reopen the pool.

    The communities of Stillorgan and beyond descended on O’Dwyers Pub in Kilmacud last Monday evening to voice their frustration at the delay in reopening their much loved swimming pool. Glenalbyn pool closed its doors to the public over three and a half years ago due to health and safety concerns. The roof was removed and the basin subsequently filled in. Locals assumed these defects would be remedied in a timely fashion.

    “It is high time the Council came good on its promise to refurbish and reopen Glenalbyn Swimming Pool at the original site. The community is crying out for the return of this vital facility. While daily we are reminded of the benefits of swimming to young and old alike, not just physically, but also mentally and socially, it seems deeply injurious to the community to be deprived of our pool for so long.”

    Minister Ross’s views were shared by local Independent Councillor, Deirdre Donnelly, who has been campaigning alongside Minister Ross for almost four years. Referring to Monday’s meeting, Donnelly said:
    “I am delighted that there was such a high turnout despite the summer holidays. This clearly indicates that there is a strong interest in re-opening the pool within the community. Many attendees spoke about how important Glenalbyn Swimming Pool was to them. We heard on Monday from Catherine Murray whose children Oisin and Aoife Murray are elite swimmers with Glenalbyn Swimming Club. Aoife won gold at the Irish Open last weekend. Catherine spoke about the difficulties in finding training facilities elsewhere and the impact the lack of a pool was having on the club.”

    Unusually, funding is not the stumbling block. The Council has ring-fenced €10m for the project in its capital plan. It is understood that the delay arises from, amongst other issues, finalising the design and construction plan for the site and the desire to ameliorate the resulting impact on the immediate surroundings.

    Minister Ross has urged locals to continue to apply pressure at every level – to Council officials, councillors – both inside and outside of the Stillorgan Ward – TDs and through sports clubs saying; “Together we can achieve the completion of this project”

    Irish Squad Announced for #WRWC2017

    Ireland Squad Announced for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, UCD, Dublin 24/7/2017
    Ireland Head Coach Tom Tierney, Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Niamh Briggs
    Credit INPHO/Dan Sheridan





    Reopen Stepaside Garda Station Petition

    Please click here to sign petition

    Stepaside Garda Station was closed in March 2013, in a bid to reduce costs. However, over the last 20 months, this decision has cost the people of Stepaside and the surrounding areas much more than it has saved. Its closure has led to increased fear and isolation for residents in the area. According to recent Garda figures, it has become the second most burgled area in the country. People affected wish to send a clear message to the Government that the reopening of the Garda Station is not only a need, but a demand, of the local community. We the undersigned call for the Minister for Justice to reopen Stepaside Garda Station as a matter of urgency. Please contact Deputy Shane Ross at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) or Councillor Kevin Daly at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) if you would like to join the local committee or for more information.

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    Senator Feargal Quinn & some Independent Alliance candidates


    Following our meeting on Monday night to reopen the swimming pool at Glenalbyn , as promised, I enclose:

    Contact details for Stillorgan Ward Councillors and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

    Let them know your views on Glenalbyn Swimming Pool!

    Richard Shakespeare, Director of Environments, Environmental Department, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Councillor Deirdre Donnelly- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Councillor Barry Saul- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Councillor Gerry Horkan- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Councillor Josepha Madigan- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Councillor Liam Dockery- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

    Help us save the the
    Glenalbyn Swimming Pool
    Please click here to sign petition

    Shane Ross & Cllr Kevin Daly (Ind) meeting Garda Commissioner,
    Noirin O’Sullivan, to discuss crime rates in the Stepaside area since
    the closure of the local Garda Station

    Shane Ross with Independent TDs outside Buswells Hotel at the
    launch of Shane’s bill to remove the appointment of top judges
    and Gardaí from the gift of the government
    Pic: Hugh O’Connell/

    Deputy Shane Ross helping launch Deirdre O’Donovan’s local
    election campaign for South Dublin County Council,
    Rathfarnham District

    Shane at Stepaside Rally