To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding the allocation of funding for local authority swimming pools, if all of the allocated funding has been drawn down, to date; if there is a deadline, beyond which funding, not yet drawn down, will be re-allocated; and if so, if he will consider the north Kildare area, in view of its young, and growing, population, as a suitable location for a new local authority swimming pool; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 10th March, 2015.
10432/15 Proof: 695
Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): The current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme was closed to new applicants on 31 July 2000. Since 2000, 58 projects have been or are being dealt with under the Programme of which 49 have been completed and the other 9 projects are at various stages of the Programme.
My priority now is the completion of the projects in the existing Programme and no decision has been taken on reallocating funding from these projects..
No decision has been taken on any new round of the Programme. If the Programme re-opens it would be open to each Local Authority, including Kildare County Council, to submit an application under the terms that would apply at that time.