‘Loose lips’ fail to sink County Limerick leisure centre

first_imgAdvertisement Previous articleSimon Callow’s stunning portrayal of ‘The Man Jesus’ comes to LimerickNext articleGarda probe into missing VEC money Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Emmett O’BrienINDEPENDENT councillor Emmett O’Brien has described last week’s intervention on the future of Askeaton Leisure Centre by fellow Adare-Rathkeale representative Stephen Keary as “unfortunate” and said it was a classic case of “loose lips sinking ships”.Fine Gael councillor Keary had claimed that the future of the Askeaton centre was uncertain because of a proposed cut to their budget as a direct result of the reduction in the Local Property Tax.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Cllr Keary, the Askeaton Leisure Centre’s annual budget was to be reduced by €26,000.Cllr O’Brien said that within minutes of Cllr Keary’s “inaccurate report” he had received numerous calls from anxious staff members and members of the leisure centre.“Within, perhaps, a half hour I had received clear assurances from the executive of Limerick City and County Council that Askeaton Pool was not closing down,” he said.Cllr O’Brien went on to say that he is “particularly concerned” that some Fine Gael members cannot accept that the democratic will of the Council was invoked when Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and three independents voted to reduce Local Property Tax by three per cent.“I considered this to be a sensible reduction and was happy to put €2.70 back in the pockets of ordinary Limerick, something that has been scoffed at by some,” he said.Cllr O’Brien, who is a member of Askeaton Swim Club, maintains that as result of this “prudent” reduction in the Local Property Tax, there is only “in reality” a quarter of one per cent reduction in the overall Council budget.“How, in that context, the future of Askeaton Leisure Centre could be questioned is frankly beyond me. This is a popular centre which provides a positive and therapeutic outlet for people of all ages in terms of improving their mental and physical health,” he concluded. TAGSAskeaton Leisure CentreAskeaton Swim ClubCllr Emmett O’BrienlimerickLimerick City and County Council WhatsApp NewsLocal News‘Loose lips’ fail to sink County Limerick leisure centreBy Alan Jacques – October 23, 2014 647 Linkedin Facebook Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more