Killarney pool to cost extra €800k

Killarney Town Council will have to pay an additional almost €800,000 to finalise the contract for a sports centre and swimming pool which former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue “helped build” .

The final cost of the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. built with the direct encouragement of then arts, sport and tourism minister John O’Donoghue, will now be €16.75 million.

A special meeting of Killarney Town Council heard last night how, almost three years after it was officially opened, extras claimed by Limerick contractor Frank McGrath were only now agreed.

There had been 18 months of difficult negotiations between the council’s company, which owns the facility, the builder and a conciliator, town manager John Breen said.

Post-contract extras were not unusual, the meeting was told.

The council were asked to approve the conciliator’s figure of €675,000 plus interest of €130,000 and to pay the money to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Campus Ltd, a wholly owned council subsidiary. In turn the company would pay the contractor.

The figures do not include VAT which in any case would be recoupable, management outlined.

In all, €1.1m will have to be paid now, as some €250,000 was outstanding also.

“We may not be happy with the money but at the end of the day it is a great building and the end product is good,” said town clerk Michael O’Leary.

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