Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has said the cost of keeping Wicklow Courthouse closed should be reason enough to fast track plans to have it reopened immediately. A response the Sinn Féin TD received from the Minister for Justice and Equality shows that it has cost €111,407 to keep Wicklow Courthouse closed between 2010 and 2019.
Deputy Brady said “I was shocked when I received the response to my recent question to the Minister about the costs associated in keeping Wicklow Courthouse closed. It has cost €111,407 to keep the premises locked up since 2010. This doesn’t include the costs associated with having the court service located in Bray.”
Deputy Brady went on to say “In early 2018 the Minister for Justice said Wicklow Courthouse would be included in the ten-year capital plan. He also stated that some demolition works to facilitate a planned extension would take place in early 2018. In a subsequent response I got from the Minister he stated the demolition works would take place in early 2019, we now know that these works have been kicked down the road.”
“The plan to extend and refurbish the courthouse in Wicklow town must be fast tracked. Handing out €111,407 to keep the building closed amounts to a willful waste.”
“I am again calling on the Government to stop wasting taxpayers’ money and outline a clear time frame for the reopening of the courthouse, or are they happy paying out this type of money indefinitely.”