Funding Announced For Tipp Pools

North Tipperary Deputy Noel Coonan and Minister Alan Kelly have both welcomed the allocation of funding to Nenagh, Roscrea and Ballina swimming pools for enhanced facilities for the disabled.

North Tipperary Deputy Noel Coonan and Minister Alan Kelly have both welcomed the allocation of funding to Nenagh, Roscrea and Ballina swimming pools for enhanced facilities for the disabled.

North Tipperary Deputy Noel Coonan and Minister Alan Kelly have both welcomed the allocation of funding to Nenagh, Roscrea and Ballina swimming pools for enhanced facilities for the disabled.

Fine Gael’s Deputy Coonan welcomed the announcement of 210,000 euro in funding to improve energy efficiency and enhance disabled access in the three pools after Minister Michael Ring made the announcement this week.

“Funding of 210,800 euro has been provided,” said Deputy Coonan, “including 169,970 euro for improved energy efficiency and enhanced disabled access in Nenagh Leisure Centre; 55,920 euro for an upgraded energy system in Ballina Outdoor Swimming Pool; and 10,410 euro for energy upgrades in Roscrea Leisure Centre. We are always striving to make our sport facilities as modern and cost efficient as possible to save the taxpayer money and reduce any adverse impact on the environment,” Deputy Coonan told The Tipperary Star..

“I want to compliment Minister Ring for putting right the fact that Nenagh and Roscrea swimming pools were omitted from the last round of funding announced at the end of August and they have now also been prioritised.”

Deputy Coonan explained how 30 swimming pools nationally will benefit from the new 5.3 million Euro worth of grants which will be used for a range of purposes depending on the pool, including improving energy efficiency, installing new ramps, widening doorways to allow wheelchair access, fitting hoists and providing purpose-built changing facilities.

Minister Alan Kelly was also delighted to announce funding from within his Department for the 3 North Tipperary swimming pools to improve access for people with disabilities, along with additional funding under the green swimming pool initiative to make pools more energy efficient and less reliant on State support.

“Nenagh and Ballina were omitted from the last round of funding, so it was important to me to secure funding for them this time. I had extensive meetings with my Department colleague Minister Ring to outline the importance and popularity of these facilities in the areas involved. As a result, three facilities in North Tipperary are to benefit. In total, 30 swimming pools are to benefit from the funding, improving access and facilities for people with disabilities. There will be a variety of measures: installing new ramps, widening doorways to allow wheelchair access, fitting hoists and providing purpose-built changing facilities,” ended the Minister

Local authorities will be matching or exceeding the funding in a number of cases.