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Locals Increase Pressure to Re-Open Glenalbyn Pool

Posted on: July 25th, 2017

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”