Saturday 18 November 2017

Protesters oppose the closure of city pools

Shane Hickey

MOVES to shut down three community swimming pools in Dublin have been met with vigorous opposition.

Protesters picketed outside City Hall in the capital last night as councillors heard of plans to shut pools in Crumlin, Coolock and Sean MacDermott Street by August.

Dublin City Council does not have enough money to keep the three pools open past then as the €600,000 budgeted to run them will run out.

Last night, a motion was unanimously passed calling for officials to look for more funds to keep the facilities open.

Independent councillor Ciaran Perry said local people were willing to work with the council to keep them open.

Labour's Eric Byrne said it was unacceptable, while FF's Jim O'Callaghan said it was embarrassing that facilities were opening in his Rathmines area while they were being shut in other parts of the city.

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Assistant city manager Philip Maguire said there were 80 swimmer groups who used the pools, but one could not be identified that could credibly operate the facilities. Dublin city manager John Tierney said the last thing they wanted to do was close the facilities.

Meanwhile, city and county councils have been warned to comply with guidelines on how public money is spent after an audit found projects were not properly planned, were subject to poor oversight or were hit with cost overruns.

Auditors from Ernst & Young found problems with how €300m of taxpayers' money was spent on projects including social housing, water services, waste and libraries.

Irish Independent

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