Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (231)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

372 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the status of Kildare County Council’s proposal for a new swimming pool for Athy, County Kildare; the likely timescale for the delivery of the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25246/04]

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

The contract documents, submitted by Kildare County Council, for the refurbishment of the swimming pool in Athy are under consideration in my Department. Kildare County Council has also applied for grant aid for the replacement of the swimming pool in Naas and the contract documents for that project are also under consideration.

Under the local authority swimming pool programme, projects are considered on a case-by-case basis and consideration is given to such issues as to the number and geographical spread of projects within and between counties, whether the area is classified as disadvantaged, the viability of the project, particularly in relation to operational and maintenance issues, overall funding package for the project and technical details. The Department's annual Estimates provision for the programme also has a significant influence on the flow of projects through the approval process.