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16/10/2021

Decision to be made next week on future of Kilcock Courthouse

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Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg said he has been in contact with the Courts Service in relation to the future of Kilcock Courthouse.

 

The Buildings Committee of the Courts Service has already recommended the permanent closure of Kilcock Courthouse and the amalgamation of the District Court Area of Kilcock into the District Court Area of Naas.

The recommendation was based on the fact that Naas Courthouse had successfully facilitated Kilcock sittings since 2016 and provided a much higher standard of facility to all users of the Court than Kilcock Courthouse previously.

To simply repair Kilcock Courthouse which is not fit for purpose in any event would cost €208,000.

To build a Courthouse fit to a modern standard would incur expenditure of €3.85 million based on 2014 construction costs.

 

The Chief Executive of the Courts Service has now advised Mr Stagg that the Courts Service Board at its meeting on 26th June will decide on the future of Kilcock Courthouse and the possible amalgamation of the District Court Area of Kilcock into the District Court Area of Naas.

Mr Stagg added that the future of Kilcock Courthouse looks bleak "but it was important for all users of the Courts Services that we had modern facilities to operate in, which Naas Courthouse certainly provides."

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