Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (51)

Dinny McGinley

Question:

133 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the situation regarding the proposed swimming pool for Ballybofey, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5974/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

Under the local authority swimming pool programme, administered by my Department, there are four principal stages in a swimming pool project, namely, feasibility study-preliminary report; contract documents; tender and construction. My Department's technical adviser, the Office of Public Works, evaluates each stage and local authorities cannot proceed to the next stage of a project unless prior approval issues from my Department.

The present position in regard to the Ballybofey-Stranorlar swimming pool project is that a feasibility study submitted by Donegal County Council was approved in 2001 and a preliminary report is in preparation. The project can be considered further on receipt of this report. My Department understands, however, that the full financing package for the project has yet to be finalised.

Question No. 134 answered with QuestionNo. 100.