The leisure centre received upgrades to improve energy efficiency and sustainability-
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton T.D. visited the St. Michael’s House Leisure Centre in Coolock to inspect the upgrades that have been made to the centre under the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Community Energy Grant Scheme. The upgrades have made the centre more energy efficient and have reduced its carbon footprint.
Additional funding for the upgrades was supported under the scheme by Retrofit Energy Ireland Limited (REIL) partners, who donated €20,000 towards the project. Keith Beirne, Managing Director of Codex Energy and REIL’s Consultant Engineers showcased the completed upgrades to Minister Bruton, representatives from the SEAI, REIL and St. Michael’s House.
Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said “I would like to congratulate St Michael’s House for championing Climate Action as they seek to deliver a better service. It was great to see the enjoyment and therapeutic benefit that St Michael’s clients are deriving from the swimming pool. Now they can do it in a cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable way. This partnership model between community, enterprise and government can become a bigger part of our Climate Efforts.
David Dunne, Interim CEO of St. Michael’s House said “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to our Leisure Centre. I would like to thank Minister Bruton, the Department, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and Retrofit Energy Ireland. Their support has made it possible for us to continue our work in providing essential services to men, women and children with intellectual disabilities while at the same time helping to conserve energy and protect our environment. Sustainability is a core value we all hold at St. Michael’s House, and these upgrades are a positive step forward in this area.”
The St. Michael’s House Leisure Centre is a hub of social and physical activity for the organisation’s service users. It features a fully accessible swimming pool, foot spa, home cinema, coffee dock, physical activities rooms and an outdoor sporting area.
The SEAI’s Community Energy Grant Scheme is Ireland’s national retrofit initiative which aims to upgrade buildings and facilities to a high standard of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs, and greenhouse emissions. The grant is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.