Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (662)

John Brady

Question:

662. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the running costs associated with the closed courthouse in County Wicklow in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [31553/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be 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 to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided the running costs requested by the Deputy in respect of Wicklow Courthouse from 2010 to date in 2019 as follows:

Wicklow Courthouse

 Year

 Running costs

 2010

 €4,689

 2011

 €18,290

 2012

 €27,935

 2013

 €32,824

 2014 

 €13,091

 2015

 €3,224

 2016

 €3,963

 2017

 €3,322

 2018

 €3,478

To date in 2019

 €591

The Courts Service has advised that maintenance spend was higher in 2011 to 2014 due to heating costs and remedial works being carried out in relation to the roof of the courthouse.