The Finn Valley Leisure Centre is moving closer to getting the final green light.
Plans for the centre have been underway for a number of years.
But now Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has revealed the project is almost on the home straight.
Senator O’Domhnaiil told the Seanad that the project is now moving closer to the construction stage.
“The Finn Valley Leisure Centre project which comprises of a 25 Metre – five lane pool together with other leisure facilities will when constructed provide an excellent family facility to the entire Finn Valley Area.
“The estimated overall cost of the project is in the region of €8.7 million of which €3.8 from the Department and approximately €5m from Donegal County Council sources.
“The contract documents for the project were approved in January 2009, leaving Donegal County Council to proceed to the next stage, which is the preparation of the tender report. “
“The tender process has been completed by Donegal County Council and the tender report was submitted to the Department of Tourism & Sport on May 30th 2011 and immediately forwarded to the Office of Public Works for technical examination.
“The tender report was approved by the OPW earlier this month and returned to the Department for consideration.”
“Minister of State at the Department of Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD informed me in the Seanad last night that before the tender report is submitted to the Minister for approval the Department was awaiting further information from Donegal County Council in relation to the project.”
The Senator revealed: “The Minister has confirmed that this information arrived in the Department on Tuesday of this week and is currently being examined with a view to preparing a submission to the Minister.”
“Minister Ring expects to receive the submission from his Department in the coming days and he has assured me that a decision on the project will be made very shortly after that.”
Local Cllr Patrick McGowan, who has been working on this project for many years, said he is hopeful the centre will finally get the go ahead.
“I now hope that Minister Ring will live up to the approval given by the previous Government so that this essential project can go to construction.”
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