Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Defence
245. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the decision was taken to withdraw permission for family members of serving Defence Forces personnel to use the Defence Forces training centre swimming pool at the physical education centre in the Curragh; the reason that this decision was made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2655/23]
I am advised by the military authorities that the use of the Defence Force Training Centre’s swimming pool was restricted from March 2020, due to COVID-19, and in line with Defence Forces and National protocols.
The Defence Forces having reviewed the usage of the swimming pool, in the context of existing resources and capacities, re-opened for Defence Forces operational requirements. The reopening of the pool to other users is being considered in the context of current operational and training requirements and the necessary resources required to maintain the facility.