Dáil debates

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

 

1:00 pm

Photo of Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorJennifer Murnane O'Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)

I have been contacted by concerned parents in Carlow who have asked if community pools and leisure centres will be permitted to hold swimming classes for children in primary school and if swimming lessons will be included in the list of controlled sports under further restrictions. We have wonderful community pools and leisure centres around the country and children's swimming lessons are a vital part of the school curriculum. What are we doing to provide guidance to schools?

As the Tánaiste knows, under level 2 community pools and gyms are able to open with restrictions. When we exit level 5, which it is to be hoped will happen shortly, it is very important that we take all of this into consideration because this is a huge part of the lives of children. We need to consider this matter under health and safety guidelines.

I want to pay tribute to all of the teachers and parents. This has been a challenging time for the people of Ireland. What will be crucial is all of us working together and giving proper information to the public.

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