By Eoin Kelleher
SOUTH Tipperary County Council has been included as one of the parties against which a legal action is being taken, in relation to the state of Tipperary town’s Courthouse.
SOUTH Tipperary County Council has been included as one of the parties against which a legal action is being taken, in relation to the state of Tipperary town’s Courthouse. A legal wrangle over who is responsible for the Courthouse, has prevented roof repair works being carried out on the building. Repair works have been estimated at over E2m.
The ongoing dispute over the repair work has threatened to disrupt sittings of Tipperary District Court, with Solicitors and residents expressing grave concern over the state of the listed building.
The dispute has now reached a head, with Solicitors in the town indicating they will take legal action if something isn’t done to repair the roof of the dillapidated Courthouse.
At this month’s meeting of South Tipperary County Council, County Secretary John O’Mahoney said a lot of work is being done in relation to the Courthouse. “I have been in discussion with our legal advisors, looking at the issue of ownership. It has gone a step further.” Mr O’Mahoney said he received correspondence from certain members of the legal profession in Tipperary town, which indicated that legal action is being taken by them against the Court Service regarding the condition of the building. South Tipperary County Council has been joined with the Court Service in the action, as registered owners of the building. The Council is currently drafting a response to this letter, said Mr O’Mahoney. The situation is at a “very sensitive” stage.
“I know it is with great regret that Solicitors have included South Tipperary County Council,” said Cllr Denis Leahy. Cllr Leahy said it might be a good thing if it finally sorts out who is responsible for the Courthouse. “I welcome that.”