Health and safety concerns at 148-year-old Killorglin Courthouse

Health and safety concerns at 148-year-old Killorglin Courthouse

Serious work is required to bring Killorglin Courthouse up to modern standards, the Courts Service of Ireland has said.

Court sittings have been moved to Caherciveen due to immediate health and safety concerns at Killorglin, built in 1869.

The immediate works that are necessary include a full rewiring of the building, the installation of emergency lighting and fire alarms, as well as repairs to the raised floor area in the courtroom.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “In addition, consideration needs to be given to the extent and cost of any further works required to bring the courthouse up to modern standards.”

Answering a question in the Dáil, she added: “The Courts Service has advised that this is a very recent issue and that, in the short term, sittings are being moved to Caherciveen. This will allow for court hearings to continue and thus avoid creating a backlog of cases.

“It will also allow the Courts Service time to consider and consult as appropriate in regard to the medium term plan for Killorglin Courthouse and its business.”

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