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Swim hope as demolition of baths begins

DEMOLITION of dangerous structures at seaside baths in south Dublin has begun, but there is fresh hope that the site will be reopened to swimmers.

Last month Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council announced that Blackrock baths, a swimming venue for 140 years, had been deemed dangerous.

However, yesterday the council confirmed that only the parts considered to be unsafe would be demolished -- the diving board and seating area.

And a spokesman said the site could be reopened for use as a public baths, which was one of a number of ideas on the table.

He said that redevelopment would be difficult due to the nearby railway line.

Demolition work is expected to take around three weeks.

Irish Independent