To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to reopen the opportunity for local authorities to apply for funding for municipal swimming pools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 10th November, 2015.
Ref No: 39299/15
Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism
Under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme grant aid to a maximum of €3.8 million is provided to local authorities towards the capital costs of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools. The current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme was closed to new applicants on 31 July 2000. Since 2000, 58 projects have or are being dealt with under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme of which 50 have been completed and the other 8 projects are at various stages of the Programme.
I wish to commence the process of opening a new limited round of swimming pool allocations and I have asked my departmental officials to report back to me on this proposal as soon as possible.