Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Department of An Taoiseach
Court Accommodation Refurbishment
I wish to refer the Deputy to reply given to Parliamentary Question no. 120 of 14 February 2017 from Deputy Mattie McGrath, the text of which is as follows: ''As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, 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 informed me that the courthouse in Tipperary town was closed in 2010 due to it being in very poor condition and consequential health and safety concerns. Since then District Court sittings have been held in accommodation at the Excel Centre in Tipperary town while Circuit Court sittings are held at Clonmel, County Tipperary.
The Courts Service has also informed me that it has no plans to return sittings to the courthouse in Tipperary town which is not in its ownership. The Courts Service has advised that it keeps the provision of court services in Tipperary under review, including how the needs of court users in Tipperary town and county can best be met into the future."