The total capital budget for the Courts Service in 2020 is €66.017 million, €15.380 million of which will be allocated for courthouse capital works for a variety of courthouses around the country and which will also allow for ongoing preparatory work on a dedicated Dublin Family Court complex on Hammond Lane.
My Department has, working with the Courts Service, been able to secure sufficient additional funding to allow the Hammond Lane Project to go ahead. While not in a position to provide exact figures as the future project will have to go to public tender, it will deliver a modern fit for purpose family court for the citizens of Dublin.
I am confident that this new Family Courts Project in Hammond Lane will be an important step towards reforming the family courts system in Ireland. Now that additional funding has been provided, it is expected that this project will commence shortly.