LIMERICK City and County Council have been asked to consider installing ‘pop up’ pools.
It follows a motion from Councilor Joe Leddin that passed unanimously at the Recreation and Culture Strategic Policy Committee this week.
The recommendation will be forwarded to the full board for adoption at the next meeting in September.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Leddin said: “It’s about giving people the opportunity to learn to swim. A few years ago we had several public swimming pools. We had the one on Ennis Road where I grew up, we had one in Roxboro and another in St Enda’s. These have all closed for one reason or another over the past few years. People are therefore left dependent on hotel swimming pools or private gyms.
He pointed out that there are many drowning deaths each year, so ensuring young people know how to swim is essential.
The City West councilor acknowledged that it would be financially prohibitive to build a new permanent swimming pool, but said such mobile facilities would cost around €250,000 and pointed to a scheme run by Fingal County Council in Dublin.
“It’s a very agile response to what is a growing need,” he added before seeing his motion supported by Fianna Fail adviser Azad Talukder.
Community and Leisure section service manager Seamus O’Connor said: “At the moment there is no budget provision but it is something that can be discussed as part of the strategy. sport which must be presented before our next meeting.”
Councilor Leddin, who had suggested Mungret Park as a potential location for a portable swimming pool, said Fingal County Council had received funding from Sports Ireland and asked if inquiries could be made of that authority on this which was made in the capital.
This is something that Mr. O’Connor accepted.