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Written Answers. - Swimming Pool Projects.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 204. Mr. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation Information on James McDaid Zoom on James McDaid  if grant approval has been given for a new swimming pool in Ballinasloe, County Galway; when work will commence on the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3935/02]

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation (Dr. McDaid): Information on James McDaid Zoom on James McDaid Under the local authority swimming pool programme, which is administered by my Department, there are four stages in a swimming pool project, following the submission and approval of a feasibility study. These, in order of progress, are; preliminary report; contract document; tender and construction. My Department's technical advisers, the Office of Public Works (OPW), evaluate each stage and local authorities cannot proceed to the next stage of a project unless prior approval issues from my Department. Grant-aid is allocated only when tenders have been received for the project and will be capped at the time of allocation.

The position with the proposed Ballinasloe pool is that my Department has received the contract documentation from Ballinasloe Town Council and is considering this documentation at present.

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