Minister Mary Hanafin today informed me that, following my representations over the past months, she has allocated €648,000 for the refurbishment of De Paul Swimming Pool on the Navan Road. This is great news for our area. In previous discussions with the Daughters of Charity they indicated that a refurbishment of the pool would cost in the region of €900,000. The Daughters of Charity indicated they will provide €300,000 to matching funding and believe the remainder is achievable through fundraising. This announcment from the Minister is welcome news in difficult times. It secures the reopening of a valuable public amenity. I will continue to work with the Daughters of Charity to ensure the funds are put to work as soon as possible and the pool re-opened as soon as pracitcal.