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New €7m pool for city

A new €7.7m 25-metre swimming pool is being proposed for Dublin's south side -- despite inner city residents fighting to stop city pools from closure.

A new south Co Dublin pool is set for Loughlinstown Leisure Centre in Dun Laoghaire for residents in Ballybrack, Shankill, Loughlinstown, Cabinteely and Johnstown.

The proposals will go out to public consultation this summer and construction is expected to begin by summer next year, according to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC).

The news comes as city councillors and residents fight to try and find funding for the pools in Sean MacDermott Street, Coolock and Crumlin which are facing the axe.

And angry residents who use Sean McDermott Street pool received a negative response when they met council officials last night.

Cllr Cieran Perry told the Herald that even though residents are raising income from fitness classes to sustain their pool, Dublin City Council is still determined to shut it down.

"We got nothing positive from them at all."

Cllr Perry described the fact that the council will not commit to keeping the pool open as "disheartening," especially since Rathmines and Dun Laoghaire are getting new pools.