It has been revealed that no detailed planning or design work has commenced in relation to the reopening of Wicklow Town’s courthouse, according to Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady.
TD Brady has said that much greater urgency by Government is required if Wicklow courthouse is to reopen.
Speaking having sought an update from the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Brady commented:
“The reopening of Wicklow courthouse is of huge importance to the continued success of the town. Despite this, works are moving at an incredibly slow pace.
“In seeking an update from Minister Flanagan, I was disappointed to learn that no detailed planning or design work has commenced.”
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada and Wicklow TD John Brady at Wicklow Courthouse
Brady has called for a clear time-frame to be put in place for the works and an estimated time for the courthouse’s reopening.
The proposed plan is to extend and refurbish the courthouse in order to provide a significantly larger four courtroom venue together with a range of facilities for staff, the judiciary, jurors, legal profession, other state agencies and members of the public.
The Courts Service has purchased a number of properties adjacent to the Wicklow courthouse, some of which will be demolished in order to make room for a larger site capable of accommodating the new envisaged courthouse.
Demolition works are due to be carried out this year.