Thursday, 12 December 2013
Department of Justice and Equality
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.