T.D. for Dublin Rathdown and Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin today welcomed the designation of Ballyogan Swimming Pool (as part of Phase 2 of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus) as a committed project in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Capital Programme, indicating that a contract is in place for the project.

Deputy Martin said: “This is a very welcome development for the communities of Ballyogan, Sandyford, Stepaside, and the surrounding areas. This swimming facility is a much-needed piece of local infrastructure for young families and all residents in the area.

“However it beggars belief that we are still waiting for Glenalbyn Swimming Pool  to reopen. Whilst I welcome the recent proposal by Minister Ross that the stakeholders involved in Glenalbyn engage with a resolution process and that the assistant secretary-general of his department is willing to arrange a mediation, it is regrettable that it would take so long for such a process to be offered given that it is now more than four years since the pool closed and the money to re-open the pool has been ringfenced by the Council for the majority of that time.

“I would urge all parties concerned to come to a suitable agreement as swiftly as possible so this vital local amenity can be restored to the people of Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Mount Merrion and the surrounding areas.”