Courts Service on target with new
courthouses are on target to open in towns and
cities around the country including Letterkenny this
year, the Courts Service has confirmed.
The €135m project comprises the construction of
three brand new landmark buildings as well as four
major revamps of existing buildings.
When finished, the courthouses will deliver a total
of 31 court rooms and an additional 36,000m˛ of
court space including secure facilities for
prisoners in custody.
The first of the courthouses, an ultra-modern
building in Drogheda, Co Louth, is expected to open
The six other buildings, located in Letterkenny,
Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Mullingar and Wexford,
will be completed in the final quarter of this year.
The new Letterkenny courthouse.
It is the single
largest capital project ever undertaken by the
Courts Service and is being delivered through a
public private partnership.
BAM Ireland won the building contract in 2015 which
also includes the maintenance of the buildings for
Alongside Drogheda, the two other new-builds are in
Letterkenny and Limerick while Cork, Waterford and
Mullingar will see major facelifts at existing,
historic courthouses. Wexford, meanwhile, will see
its new court facilities housed in the refurbished
19th century Tate School building.
Details of the projects are outlined in the latest
edition of the Courts Service newsletter.
The organisation said the buildings are being
constructed "to a very high standard with enhanced
facilities for all court users".
"Modern legal practitioners’ suites and improved
consultation facilities are included and all
locations will have secure consultation rooms for
consulting with clients in custody," it stated. The
Courts Service said the enhanced facilities would
allow for "a greater range of sittings to held at
the various locations, including custody cases that
previously could not be held at some venues due to
inadequate facilities or security concerns".