Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Department of Justice and Equality
Court Accommodation Provision
222. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if an on-site meeting with the Office of Public Works to give further consideration to the report on the structure of Ballinamore courthouse has taken place; the outcome of the meeting; when it is envisaged works will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51573/17]
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 Courts Service and the Office of Public Works recently met on site to give further consideration to the report on the structure of Ballinamore Courthouse and to discuss the work required. I am advised that costing information is to be calculated on potential elements of the work and that when that information is available a decision can be made on the scope of the works to be done and the timescale for undertaking them.