If any school has a swimming pool, make sure it is retained. The school pool around the corner was sold for luxury apartments and a car park, I should have chained myself to the railings in a bikini but my son was a pupil there. The Clontarf baths has re-opened but not to the public, despite a commitment that it would.

Let’s build a network of pools so that women for whom swimming is a favoured sport can easily access public hours for family and personal swims, subsidised to the same extent men’s football is supported by the state.

What has this to do with trees? Well, everything is connected. I’d a great swim in Lough Derg last summer, surrounded by trees which of course keep the water clean. So let’s have a network of outdoor swimming places too.

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