Local Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill and Councillor Patrick McGowan have today welcomed funding of €3.8 million from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport for the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Swimming Pool.


Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “I welcome today’s funding approval for the Finn Valley Leisure Centre Project which comprises of a 25 metre – 5 lane pool project together with other leisure facilities provide an excellent family facility to the entire Finn Valley Area.


“The previous Government committed to funding this project so it was important for the new Government to carry through on that commitment. I have pushed the Government on this issue in the Seanad over the last number weeks and have been in constant contact with the OPW and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. I am delighted that this has now resulted in a commitment to provide €3.8 million to complete this complex.


“The total cost of the project is estimated at €8.7 million, with €5 million already made available through Donegal County Council. The new complex will be a superb addition to the facilities currently available at the Finn Valley centre, and a recreational resource which can be enjoyed by all age groups.


“Building work is due to commence in early Autumn.  There is potential for significant job creation both during the construction phase and when the centre itself is up and running.


“I wish to pay tribute to all involved in this exciting project, particularly Patsy McGonagle andthe staff at the Finn Valley Centre, as well officials at Donegal County Council, the OPW and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,” condluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.


Cllr Patrick McGowan, who is a member of the Board that will manage the facility, has said: “I am absolutely delighted with today’s news, which is the culmination of many years of hard work. I want to pay an enormous tribute to Finn Valley Athletic Club. social and economic benefits for the Finn Valley area are enormous. As a Local Councillor and member of the Board, I am delighted to have been involved in the efforts to ensure that  this project becomes a reality.”