Deputy Lowry has condemned the closure of Templemore Court House saying that it is a further blow to the rural towns of North Tipperary. It was announced in the Dail last week by Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice, that a number of small courthouses will be amalgamated with nearby courts. In this instance Templemore will be merged with Thurles. The Independent T.D. for North Tipperary and South Offaly has questioned the benefit and savings made as a result of this move.
Deputy Lowry stated;
“At no point has the Courts Service provided proof that the closure of these smaller Courts will provide substantial savings.
It has been stated that the amalgamation was done as many of the smaller courts involved were in a poor condition. This was not the case in Templemore. I will therefore be asking the Courts Service to provide solid evidence of any cost benefit analysis that have taken place and exact figures of the amount saved by this move.”
“Any amount that is saved should be balanced against the impact this will have on the people of Templemore. Not having a court in the town will result in locals having to travel to Thurles which will have its own knock on costs.
What is really galling to the people of Templemore and the solicitors and judges who work in the Courthouse in this instance is the fact that there was no consultation and no platform for them to express their concerns and views.”
“I am concerned that this closure marks another service being lost from a rural town. Templemore has already seen the Garda Training College close its gate to new recruits. I am calling on the Government to urgently stop the bleeding of services from our towns. The future of rural towns should be protected and advanced at every opportunity.