Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (147)

Tom Fleming

Question:

147. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will urgently address the deficiencies at Tralee courthouse (details supplied); if he will take into consideration the significant volume of public business conducted in this courthouse and arrange to have these issues resolved at an early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14422/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.

However, in order to be of assistance, I have had enquiries made and I am informed that the Courts Service recognises that the conditions in Tralee Courthouse fall short of what is desirable in a modern courthouse. The Courts Service has stated that it is not possible to address all of the problems with Tralee courthouse because of the nature of the building and the restrictions of the site. However, the day to day problems are being addressed in so far as is possible within the resources currently available to the Court Service. The Courts Service has confirmed that it is addressing the immediate issues outlined by the Deputy in relation to the general cleanliness of the building and facilities.