Councillors representing the Lucan/Palmerstown/North Clondalkin area were invited to a site visit of the delayed Lucan swimming pool. The visit included a walk around the building and the overall site. The project has been marred by delays caused by a number of issues, including supply chain problems, connection to utilities and labour shortages. The project began construction in 2019 and has been highly anticipated by the local community who have been campaigning for decades for a public swimming pool in Lucan.
People Before Profit councillor Madeleine Johansson, who attended the site visit, said: “It was great to get the opportunity to go in and see what the building will look like. The quality and standards seem to be very high and the pool will be an incredible amenity for the community once it’s finished.
“However, it really shouldn’t have taken this long to get here, and we still don’t have a date for the opening of the pool. This is deeply frustrating for local residents who have been waiting so long for this. The delay in connections to utilities like electricity and water is causing problems on other projects such as social housing. Utility connections should be prioritised for public projects.”
Mark Kerins, long time Lucan resident and People Before Profit representative, commented: “I’ve lived in Lucan all my life and we have needed this pool for decades. The delays to the pool shows why we need a state owned construction company that could deliver both housing and facilities like this in a timely manner with full accountability.”