City Councillor Cieran Perry has called on the City Manager to “Act
Now” to save the three public swimming pools under threat
of closure by Dublin City Council. An unexpected £30 Million
collected in the Non Principal Private Residences property tax could
provide funding to help keep the pools at Sean Mac Dermott Street,
Coolock and Crumlin open.
At the April City Council meeting a motion proposed by Councillor
Perry was passed unanimously. It is now City Council policy to keep
the pools open. Officials were also directed to actively seek sources
of funding to operate and maintain these important local facilities.
Despite the passing of this motion, the City Manager seems determined
to close these facilities in August. At a recent meeting between
DCC and community / user groups it was clear that the Council was
making no effort whatsoever to work constructively with the community,
and all the indications were that no attempt would be made to seek
This lack of genuine engagement has angered Councillor Perry who
stated: “The communities that will suffer as a result of these
pool closures have made their opposition very clear. A unanimous
vote to keep them open was taken at the meeting, and the Manager
has been given a very clear mandate on how to act."
Councillor Perry continued “I am calling on the manager to
act now and commit to keeping these pools open. The community are
determined not to lose these essential amenities, and the manager
will regret provoking a confrontation on this issue.”
Councillor Perry has pointed out a property tax windfall that could
provide a solution, and is urging the City Manager not to waste
this opportunity. According to the Department of the Environment
the £200 levied on people with more than one property will
raise over £68 million, which is £30 million in excess
of what was expected. One third of the levies were raised in Dublin,
so it is expected that approximately £10 million of that excess
is due to be paid to the local authorities.
According to Councillor Perry: “The money raised is far greater
than expected, with £10 million due to be paid directly to
local authorities in Dublin. As this money was unexpected, it has
not been budgeted for, and its use has not been decided yet. Dublin
City Council must use some of this windfall to continue funding
for the three swimming pools and I will be recommending this to
the City Manager”.