The Dun Laoghaire baths finally reopened yesterday, following a 17-year campaign to restore the iconic waterfront amenity.
However, the response to the occasion has been largely negative given the fact that no actual sea water pool or baths have been constructed.
There is a large concrete space which, in theory, has been left as an area where a seawater pool could be built in the future if planning permission is granted.
Following the reopening, citizens took to Twitter to share their disappointment at the structure.
"An incredible victory for gaslighting as the baths reopen without a pool to swim in," wrote one user, while another said that, "Every now and again, Dún Laoghaire strains the limits of absurdity. In their latest venture, the baths without water, or a bath. Of course, we all know the reason for this, but we can't talk about it."
Dun Laoghaire Public Baths Reopening Outrage
A 17-year community campaign to re-open #DunLaoghaire Seabaths at a cost of €18 million euro & no sea-bath or outdoor swimming pool. Nice café & pier but as a sea swimmer I'm baffled. Also attached is what it potentially could have looked like: Bondi Ice Pools, Sydney, Australia pic.twitter.com/7bTiv5FrOS
— Deric (@deric_tv) December 14, 2022
An incredible victory for gaslighting as the baths reopen without a pool to swim in https://t.co/cuVoFfOled
— Brian Whelan (@brianwhelanhack) December 14, 2022
— Loughlin O'Nolan 🐀 (@loughlin) December 14, 2022
Every now and again, Dún Laoghaire strains the limits of absurdity. In their latest venture, the baths without water, or a bath.
Of course, we all know the reason for this, but we can't talk about it. https://t.co/nPD3JP8xNp
— Jonathan Mills (@Muinchille) December 14, 2022
Caothaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Mary Hanafin spoke at the event and discussed the possibility of opening an actual pool in the future.
"Today’s reopening of the Baths site is a victory for people power and protest, but it is a telling fact that it has taken 17 years for the people to finally get the baths site reopened, and even now, the seawater swimming pool that we have been demanding for all those years has still not been delivered.
"The councillors and the public want to see the pool restored here. And don’t worry, there’s only a lid on it. The space is still here. The councillors voted for that and the management have agreed to progress the planning process for that pool now, which people will be glad to see in this beautiful restored area.”