Edenderry and Baltinglass courthouses to close

Edenderry Courthouse. Pic Ger Rogers HR Photo.
The court houses in Edenderry and Baltinglas are amongst eight that are set to close at the start of 2014, according to the Courts Service.

The court houses in Edenderry and Baltinglas are amongst eight that are set to close at the start of 2014, according to the Courts Service.

The closures, which have been on the cards for some time will take effect from January 1, 2014.

Cases that would normally have been referred to Edenderry, will now go to Tullamore court house, while Baltinglass cases will be divided between Carlow and Naas.

In both cases, the court houses were used twice a month, bringing in much needed revenue to the local areas.

The Courts Service has described the closures were “regrettable”, but pointed to benefits of centralising court services.

Fearing a closure was on the cards, Edenderry solicitors wrote to the Courts Service last month to point out that potential savings from closing the court house would be cancelled out by an increase in travel costs incurred Gardai, Prison Service and solicitors’ legal aid.

They’ve also pointed out that there is no regular transport available between Edenderry and Tullamore.

- Conor McHugh