Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Finance

Court Accommodation

12:00 pm

Photo of Brian O'SheaBrian O'Shea (Waterford, Labour)
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Question 117: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 254 of 6 October 2009, if plans for the proposed extension to Waterford Courthouse will be expedited in view of the problems regarding sittings of the High Court in Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44200/09]

Photo of Martin ManserghMartin Mansergh (Tipperary South, Fianna Fail)
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The provision of Court accommodation is, in the first instance, a matter for the Courts Service.

The Commissioners of Public Works, acting on behalf of the Courts Service, have appointed an Architect to this project. Consultations have already taken place with local Court users, and it is expected that plans will be prepared by the end of this year. This will enable further consultations to take place with the Courts staff, Judiciary and local Court users, with a view to finalising a brief of requirements. Tender documentation will then be prepared.

The Courts Service and the Commissioners of Public Works aim to complete this process as quickly as possible, having regard to the availability of resources.


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