Courthouse Amalgamation - Coonan Expresses Concern

Commenting on the proposed amalgamation of Templemore Courthouse with Thurles Courthouse, Deputy Noel Coonan said that he, along with local concerned groups in Templemore, will be urgently contacting Justice Minister Alan Shatter and CEO of Courts Service Mr. Brendan Ryan to lodge a submission so this merger is reversed.

Commenting on the proposed amalgamation of Templemore Courthouse with Thurles Courthouse, Deputy Noel Coonan said that he, along with local concerned groups in Templemore, will be urgently contacting Justice Minister Alan Shatter and CEO of Courts Service Mr. Brendan Ryan to lodge a submission so this merger is reversed.

“As soon as I heard of this proposed amalgamation I immediately contacted Minister Shatter’s office asking for a detailed explanation and cost analysis of the proposed merger. I outlined that this announcement comes without any consultation and follows the recent upsetting announcement that Borrisokane and Roscrea Courthouses will be amalgamated with Nenagh Courthouse,” said the local Fine Gael TD.

“I, along with several local community groups in Roscrea, have already lodged a submission with CEO Mr Ryan and Minister Shatter asking them to review the proposed closure of Roscrea Courthouse and I anticipate we will do the same in Templemore as a matter of urgency,” said Deputy Coonan.

“We have a battle on our hands to prevent Templemore Courthouse from being closed but we will fight to retain local services.

“The Court Services operate independently of the Justice Department and they unfortunately must adhere to the cutbacks we are all facing as a result of the previous Fianna Fáil Government’s mismanagement and subsequent IMF/EU deal.”

“This decision needs to be made in light of the overall cost to the public and we’re entitled to know what savings will be made by this closure.

“The Courts Service Board decided at its meeting on 17 October to approve the closing of the District court houses and I understand that a number of qualitative criteria are applied to each venue including case count, condition of the building, proximity of local Gardaí, number of sittings per annum and cell accommodation available,” continued Deputy Coonan.

“This amalgamation will have countless negative effects on the people living in Templemore and its environs, the local Gardaí, legal profession and business people. There are also issues with public transport and the cost to the State and local community may end up being greater than savings the Courts Service anticipates it will make,”