Speaking after meeting with parents involved in local swimming clubs, Anne Carey and Tracey Mulhall , EU Election candidate, Senator Rónán Mullen said that the closure of Leisureland until 2015 is a disaster for Salthill tourism and for the young people of the locality.
Senator Mullen said:
“The freak weather that occurred in January, 2014 was totally unpredictable, and no one could have forecast Leisureland would have sustained such damage and destruction.”
“However, the clean-up operation and remedial works seem to be progressing at a very slow pace, and it appears that there has been no ongoing communication between Galway City Council and either the workers who relied on the facilities provided by Leisureland to earn a living, or the children and adults who used the facilities for training and recreational purposes.
Furthermore, Leisureland is a major tourist attraction for day- trippers and long- stay holidaymakers. It is very damaging for Salthill tourism and local businesses that Leisureland will be closed for the entire tourist season.”
Senator Mullen said that the lifeblood of Leisureland was the income provided by the various swimming clubs and tourists that used the facilities yet they had not been consulted at all.
“Local swimming clubs want the pool re-opened by the 1st of September. This will allow an income stream not only for the swimming clubs enabling them to survive but also for Leisureland itself.
Local clubs have been frustrated by the lack of information on the progress of Leisureland. The board of management will have a meeting this Friday the 9th of May and I urge them to meet with the various groups to hear their concerns.”