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Builder wins ¤7m contract for pool

A BUILDER has won a €7m contract for a new swimming pool in south Co Dublin.

PJ Hegarty & Sons Ltd, of Davitt Road, Inchicore, will be the main contractor for the new 25-metre pool at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, which is to get a massive facelift.

The firm's bid was among nine offers for the project.

The value of the contract given in the award notice is €6,509,893, excluding VAT.

Last month, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, controversially approved the tender report submitted by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the pool.

The facility is in the heart of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's constituency, leading to questions about the provision of massive funding.

Mr Ring said leisure facilities would be enhanced for the community.