New €2.3m courthouse opens in Ardee
High Court set to hear cases in the town for the first time
New courthouse forms part of €4.7m Civic Centre, with offices for Louth County Council and the Office of Public Works.
"The opening of this fine facility is a good day for the people of Ardee and those who use the court here . . . The finished project that you see around you here today is in keeping with the ongoing modernisation of the courts" - The Hon. Mr Justice Matthew Deery, President of the Circuit Court.
The Minister for Justice, Equality, and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern TD, officially opened a new courthouse for Ardee at the Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre, Ardee, Co Louth today, Friday 6 June at 11.00a.m.
The board of the Courts Service was be represented by The Hon. Mr Justice Matthew Deery, President of the Circuit Court -who presided over the event.
President Deery said that, "as well as the usual and expected court business which is planned for this courthouse, the President of the High Court has decided to use this new premises and its fine facilities to bring the High Court to Ardee for the first time in the history of the state. This is not just a one off or ceremonial sitting but in the coming weeks, full hearings and cases of the High Court will be transferred here to make best use of this new resource".
He went on to say, "The opening of this fine facility is a good day for the people of Ardee and those who use the court here . . . The finished project that you see around you here today is in keeping with the ongoing modernisation of the courts"
Ardee courthouse is an architecturally dynamic building that is integrated into the adjoining public park. It has been designed using sustainable materials and technologies, creating a healthy and comfortable environment for its occupants.
The previous courthouse in Ardee, which was housed in Ardee Castle, could no longer meet the needs of court users in the 21st century. The new Ardee courthouse provides the local community with a sustainable and state of the art building. The facilities are:
- Non-jury courtroom
- A legal practitioners' room
- Reception and public waiting area
- Public consultation rooms
- Prisoner holding facilities
- Judge's chambers
- Clerk of Court's chambers
- Universal access
Entrances and circulation routes in the courthouse are separated between prisoners, the judiciary and members of the public. Judges hearing cases, the court staff and the legal profession now also have a modern working environment with appropriate facilities and supports.
The Project Team
The Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre was designed as part of a three-sided agreement between the Courts Service, Louth County Council and the Office of Public Works at a total cost of €4.7m, of which €2.3m was contributed as part of the Courts Service's Capital Building Programme.
The design team for this project comprised of van Dijk Architects, Sisk & Son Ltd (as main contractors), McGahon Surveyors, Duffy Chartered Engineers and Semple & McKillop Ltd as mechanical and electrical engineering consultants.