South Tipperary TD Tom Hayes has announced the provision of further funding for three Tipperary swimming pools which will improve access for people with disabilities, as well as a Green Swimming Pool initiative to make the pools more energy efficient and less reliant on State support.
The funding includes grants of €241,395 for the Sean Treacy Memorial Swimming Pool in Tipperary Town, €116,850 to the Clonmel Swimming Pool and €63,365 to the Sean Kelly Sports Centre in Carrick-on-Suir. The announcement comes in addition to the €407,000 that was granted to the swimming pools a number of months ago.
Mr Hayes said: ‘I am delighted with this announcement as these further funds will help improve access and the facilities for people with disabilities. The grants will be used for a range of purposes depending on the pool, including providing ramps, hoists, widening doorways or new changing facilities.
“These funds come in addition to what was announced in 2011. In total the three Tipperary swimming pools will receive nearly €830,000 in funding, a substantial sum of money for any organisation.
“The grants will also enable these pools to become more energy efficient, and reduce their carbon footprint. Large heating bills are the single biggest cost in running a swimming pool. So by making them more efficient, we are also reducing the burden on taxpayers by cutting back on energy and water requirements.”