Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate, Cllr Deirdre Heney has said the legitimate concerns raised by local people in relation to the lack of public use of the newly renovated Clontarf Baths, should be heard and addressed by the stakeholders involved in completing the works.

The local Councillor for the area said, “A number of residents have approached me in recent weeks to share their upset of the lack of availability to the public of the newly refurbished Old Clontarf Baths.

“The baths, which were closed for over 20 years have recently reopened for use to private clubs. It remains unclear as to when the pool will be open to the wider public.

“It was the understanding of people in the area that the baths, when renovated, would be open for public use and the fact that this has not transpired has caused some upset.

“I absolutely see this new restaurant on the site as a welcome addition to the locality and it goes without saying that it has revived the spirit of the neighbourhood, however, clarity should be provided to the public on their use of the baths.

“These local residents are passionate and enthusiastic about their community and I have no doubt that they are eager to use the baths, particularly now as we get closer to summer.

“I have asked that an Official from the Planning Department of Dublin City Council attend the next meeting of the North Central Area Committee to provide detail on the planning conditions which were attached to the permission granted for the project. I have also referred the legitimate concerns raised by locals regarding a potential breach of planning conditions to the relevant Department in Dublin City Council.

Cllr Heney concluded, “I also urge Dublin City Council to properly engage with those concerned with any breaches of the planning permission granted for the renovation and for the failure to reopen the pool for public use, while running the restaurant.”