Go-ahead for new and refurbished courthouses

New courthouses are to be built in four locations with major refurbishment in three additional sites under a plan signed off yesterday.

Go-ahead for new and refurbished courthouses

The new facilities will be in Drogheda, Letterkenny, Limerick and Wexford, while extensive renovations will be carried out on the courthouses of Cork, Waterford and Mullingar.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said final Public Private Partnership contracts for the new buildings will be concluded this November and construction would begin soon after, with the facilities opening by the end of 2017.

She said the National Development Finance Agency had selected BAM PPP PGGM as the preferred tenderer.

“I am delighted that we have reached the stage of identifying a preferred tenderer to undertake this important work which will provide modern and comfortable facilities for all users of the courts,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

“This is an ambitious programme with new courthouses for Drogheda, Letterkenny, Limerick, and Wexford, and substantial upgrades of existing courthouses in Cork, Mullingar and Waterford,” the minister said.

In Drogheda, the new courthouse will consist of two courtrooms and associated facilities on a “landmark town centre site” adjacent to the River Boyne.

The courthouse in Letterkenny will be made up of four courtrooms and associated facilities on a site close to the existing courthouse.

In Limerick City, the new criminal courthouse will be built on a site adjacent to Limerick Prison and will comprise six courtrooms, custody facilities and offices.

The landmark Cork courthouse on Angelsea St will be refurbished and extended to accommodate six courtrooms, improved custody facilities, court offices, the regional office and associated facilties.

In Waterford City, the refurbishment and extension of the existing historic courthouse will accommodate six courtrooms, improved custody facilities and court offices.

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