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Six-month delay for Baths 'disappointing but not surprising'

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A view of the Dun Laoghaire baths, which will have to wait for redevelopment works

A view of the Dun Laoghaire baths, which will have to wait for redevelopment works

A view of the Dun Laoghaire baths, which will have to wait for redevelopment works

A €10m redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire's Baths is to be delayed by at least six months, a local authority has revealed.

The project had originally been due to be completed by early 2020.

But that was pushed out to the middle of this summer, due to plastic shards used in construction work at the site spilling into Dublin Bay, storms and the reinforcement of marine walls not envisaged.

Spillage

Work was halted for several weeks following the spillage of more than a million plastic shards into the sea in October 2018, with the cost of the clean-up - estimated to have run into hundreds of thousands of euro - charged to the company involved in the project. SIAC, the company responsible, was working on the project for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council when the spillage occurred while workers were pouring concrete into the site.

For almost a year, shards continued to wash up on beaches around Dublin.

Now the project end has been put back at least another six months due to construction at the Baths being halted as part of the Covid-19 restrictions.

A spokesman for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council said: "The current projected end date is December 2020. This does not include any delays due to the closure of the site as a result of Covid-19.

"In relation to costs, it is not yet possible to assess the impact at this juncture."

The council previously said that while significant progress had been made, "overall progress in constructing the works is slower than anticipated".

"Once the project is completed, it will be a wonderful amenity. It is very disappointing to hear that it has been delayed again but not surprising," said local Fianna Fail deputy, Cormac Devlin.

"I would like to see the reopening of the public through way around the Baths as the public are really missing it and the views it gives."

SIAC / Mantovani Joint Venture are the main contractors for the construction of the project.