First new courthouse in seven years opened in Drogheda
Mrs Justice Susan Denham, Chief Justice of Ireland, and Chair of the Courts Service Board presided at the official opening of Drogheda Courthouse, by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charles Flanagan T.D. today.
In her speech the Chief Justice congratulated the project team and all those associated with the planning and delivery of the courthouse on the creation of a centre that meets the needs of modern society. She said the facility, “is not just a utilitarian and service need, but is a building which is destined to be part of the cultural heritage of the people of Drogheda. This new building will be an intrinsic part of the Drogheda town fabric for generations to come. The project presented an opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the river corridor, and to enhance the civic realm in this historically significant town”.
“The completion of this project marks the beginning of a series of court openings across the country. We will see seven new, or greatly extended and upgraded, courthouses coming on stream over the next few months. Over the past 16 years we have had a very extensive capital programme which will endure for the benefit of society as a whole, and the administration of justice in particular. With only a handful of exceptions, we now have a fine stock of buildings for court users, which adds to and preserves our local and national architectural heritage”.
The new courthouse is part of a €140 million public private partnership which is being delivered as part of the Government’s stimulus package and has created 700 fulltime and up to 1,000 jobs around the country.
Works and facilities
The new courthouse has two double height courtrooms, ancillary accommodation for judges and staff, consultation rooms for practitioners, clients and vulnerable witnesses, spacious public lobby and waiting areas, spaces for the media, and facilities for persons in custody. Internally, the floor plans are organised around the central courtrooms allowing the public, judges, jury, and persons in custody to enter the courtrooms via distinctly different directions. The design and facilities protect the security, dignity and privacy of all who seek redress or are asked to account for their actions in the new court building. The building is universally accessible for public and staff.