Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (252)

Shane Cassells


252. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the delivery of the new courthouse for Navan, County Meath, which is included as part of Project Ireland 2040; the timeframe for the delivery of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46330/19]

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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 and of court buildings is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions. In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, however, I have had enquiries made with the Courts Service.

As stated by the Deputy, Navan is included among a number of developments in relation to Courts Service accommodation requirements that are outlined under the Government's National Development Plan 2018-2027 and the overall vision in Project Ireland 2040. The precise allocation and timing of additional funding over the entire ten year period for all of the projects envisaged remains to be fully determined. In relation to Navan, I understand that the Courts Service has not yet identified a suitable site. The question of funding the purchase of any site and a development thereon, in the context of the above plans, will also need to be resolved before any further progress can be made on this issue.