The Court Service is in discussion with Roscommon County Council about the future of Roscommon Courthouse, with a view to redeveloping the building to meet modern court requirements, according to Denis Naughten TD.
The existing courthouse building is totally inappropriate not only in terms of physical access for people with a disability but also in catering for family law cases.
“Everybody accepts that improved court facilities are urgently required in Roscommon Town, which caters for district and circuit court sittings as well as many complex family law cases,” stated Denis Naughten.
“The building also needs to be redeveloped to meet modern requirements for witnesses, particularly children, and it is now imperative that this project proceeds without delay.”
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Department of Justice and Equality
Court Accommodation Refurbishment
Denis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
131. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 395 of 16 July 2015, the plans the Office of Public Works has to refurbish Roscommon Courthouse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43307/15]
Frances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Justice and Equality; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
As the Deputy is aware, the Courts Service Act 1998 provides that management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service have informed me that the position in respect of Roscommon Courthouse is unchanged from that in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 395 of 16 July 2015. The Courts Service confirms that it remains committed to providing improved court facilities in Roscommon town and that the development of courthouse facilities in the town is part of its plans for the future. I am also informed that the Courts Service is in discussion with Roscommon County Council about the existing courthouse building.