€100k bill for Dundalk Court House repairs
Essential work costing up to €100,000 was carried out on the glass roof of Dundalk Court House over the October bank holiday weekend.
A spokesperson for the Courts Service of Ireland told the Dundalk Argus that water was leaking through the roof, causing an indoors safety hazard.
The spokesperson said: “The seals on the glass roof were badly worn causing water to leak between the glass in the roof area, making the stairs and floor below slippy.
“Water was also accumulating between the double glazed panes. If left untreated, there is a danger that, when the weather got cold, the water could freeze and expand, shattering the glass.
“The contractors were also on site every evening last week when the courts were finished to get the work completed and it is more or less done.”
The Courts Service hopes to recoup some of the repair costs in the form of a grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Around €10 million for the refurbishment of court buildings was allocated to the Courts Service by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald last month.
However, the investment was criticised by one solicitor for overlooking some local courthouses under pressure.