Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (135, 137)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

135. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the swimming pool in the Curragh Camp will be opened to residents in the area; and if not, the action required to make the pool accessible to residents and groups in the area. [27478/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

137. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to invest in the swimming pool facility in the Curragh Camp; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27480/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 and 137 together.

I am advised that while the swimming pool in the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp is primarily for Defence Forces related activity and training, my Department positively engages with local schools and club communities in allowing the use of this facility. Currently a total of 18 local schools and 7 local swimming clubs have been given permission to use the swimming pool in the Curragh Camp on a regular basis. Occasional requests from organisations are also considered on a case by case basis.  Permission for the use of the pool is subject at all times to Defence Forces requirements and signed conditions, which includes the requirement for the schools, clubs and organisations to have appropriate insurance.

I am further advised that as the swimming pool in the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp is a relatively modern facility, which was completed and first taken into use in July 2001, there are no immediate plans or requirement for capital investment in this facility. However, there is provision to spend in the order of €113,000 this year for the ongoing maintenance of the pool.