Written answers

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Department of Justice and Equality

Courts Service

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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150. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the person who is the owner of a courthouse (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53424/13]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has confirmed that the courthouse in Ballyhaunis is the property of the Courts Service. The Courts Service has advised that from January 2014 the building will no longer be required for court purposes and it is prepared to transfer the property to the local authority, the Office of Public Works or another public body for public use. In the event that the venue is not required by those bodies it may be offered for sale.

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