Tuesday 23 October 2018

Order denies plan to sell public pool to developers

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

A RELIGIOUS order has denied that it has decided to sell a swimming pool used by the public to property developers.

St Paul's swimming pool in Raheny in Dublin is due to close on August 31 after the Vincentian Order said that it was losing money each year by keeping it open.

The pool, which was built by the Vincentian Fathers, has always been privately-owned and operated but has also been open to the public for 30 years.

The pool was one of the first built on Dublin's northside.

The Vincentian Order revealed earlier this year that it could no longer afford to subsidise the cost of keeping it open, but yesterday denied that it is set to cash in on the site's development potential.

"There has been no decision yet on the sale of any property and all we're doing yet is closing the pool. We made that statement a way back," Fr Kevin O'Shea said.

However, these comments contradict a reply made by Fr O'Shea to a question from Dublin City North Central Area committee area manager Declan Wallace, and included in local government documents seen by the Irish Independent."The pool is in need of some upgrading and refurbishment and I put it to him [Fr O'Shea] that the city council may be willing to undertake some of this work," Mr Wallace notes.

"He pointed out that it was the intention of the Order to get out of the business of pool management and that they intended to realise the value of the site at some stage in the future by disposing of it for development purposes."

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