Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has said he is deeply disappointed at the constant kicking down the road of the commencement of the refurbishment works at closed Wicklow Courthouse.
Deputy Brady said “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, now I’m informed that it is hoped the work will start later in 2019.”
“The courthouse in Wicklow Town stopped holding District Court sittings in 2010 having previously ended Circuit Court sittings back in 2008. Due to huge pressures on the court service in Bray a decision was taken to reopen the closed courthouse in Wicklow Town. The plan is to extend and refurbish the courthouse in Wicklow town to provide a significantly larger 4 courtroom venue together with a range of facilities for staff, the judiciary, persons in custody, jurors, legal professionals, other state agencies and members of the public.”
“Unfortunately not only has a clear timeframe for the reopening of the courthouse not been outlined, the works to facilitate it have been kicked down the road again. This is bitterly disappointing and shows clearly the interest the government has in Wicklow Town.”
Brady continued “I will keep raising the issue with the government and ensure their neglect of the county town doesn’t go unchallenged and that the work to reopen the courthouse is given priority.”