The Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme (LASPP) provides grant aid to local authorities towards the capital costs of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools.
In January 2016, my Department contacted local authorities and sought expressions of interest in a limited round of swimming pool allocations. There were three expressions of interest received for new pools, two of which were valid , one in Lucan and Ballyogan in Dublin. The third was in North Kildare but was not valid as the Council did not have title to the proposed site. Following an examination of the valid proposals it was decided to include a new swimming pool in Lucan in the LASPP.
The National Sports Policy was published on 25th July 2018 and provided for a Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) with at least €100 million available over the coming years. The fund was launched in November 2018 and is open to applications until 17 April 2019. The fund will initially focus on the requirements and development plans of National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities, all of which received letters inviting them to make applications. Swimming Pool projects will be considered for funding. The full details of the programme are available on the Department's website.