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Carndonagh courthouse will not close - Doherty 14.07.15

AN INISHOWEN councillor has welcomed assurances from Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that there are no plans to close Carndonagh courthouse.
The matter was raised with the minister by Sinn Féin TD., Pádraig MacLochlainn following representations from his colleague Councillor Albert Doherty on behalf of local residents.
Cllr Doherty said there was uncertainty about the future of Carn court sittings following a comprehensive Courts Service review of its premises in 2012.
He said clarity was then sought on the future of the north Inishowen court.
"The future of the courthouse in Carndonagh has been assured in the reply received by Minister Fitzgerald from the Courts Service," said Cllr Doherty.
"This positive reply and the clarity in the message is indeed welcome. Carndonagh's strategic geographical location in the heart of Inishowen has also been acknowledged in the Courts Service 'comprehensive review of suitable courthouse venues throughout the country' and this is also to be noted and will be welcomed," he added.
The Courts Service keeps the number of court venues it maintains under continuous review.
Councillor Albert Doherty.
"It is important that the independent body confirms the merits of retaining the service in Carndonagh, the central location in the Inishowen peninsula, now and in future years to come," the Carn councillor added.
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