The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today officially opened the new Letterkenny Courthouse. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Chief Justice, Mr Frank Clarke.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister McHugh said: “Today marks the official opening of this new €20M development of Letterkenny Courthouse. This is a fantastic addition to the built infrastructure of the High Road.”
The new Letterkenny Courthouse has a floor area of over 5,000m2. Facilities include four courtrooms and public office. User facilities are a big upgrade from the old courthouse and include two vulnerable witness suites, victim support room, legal practitioners room, enhanced custody facilities, jury reception room, media room and consultation rooms. All circulation routes within the building – public, staff/judiciary, custody and jury – are fully accessible. Court sittings commenced on 2nd January 2018. It is the second building in the Courts PPP Bundle to become operational – sittings in Drogheda commenced in July 2017.
Minister McHugh, “This will be a much more comfortable and practical facility for the local legal profession and court service and will be much more amenable to those attending the court, for business such as family law and consultations.”
Local courthouses are a major priority of the Government. Letterkenny Courthouse, a €19.7 million euro project, is the second new courthouse to be completed under a Public Private Partnership project announced in 2012 and PPPs will deliver new courthouses or substantial refurbishments in five further locations around the country in 2018. In terms of scale, the Courts PPP Bundle project is the largest capital building project ever undertaken by the Courts Service, delivering a total of 31 courtrooms and 36,000 m2 of accommodation nationwide.
Minister McHugh added: “The opening of this new courthouse in Letterkenny is an example of the Government’s commitment to improve access to the justice system on a national level. It also highlights the work that has been done with the Courts Service and the Judiciary in this regard.
“I welcome Minister Flanagan and Chief Justice Frank Clarke to Letterkenny on this significant day for the local legal community and wider community of Donegal.”
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