Decision soon on future of north Kildare court services

Kilcock courthouse closed in September 2016

Conor McHugh

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Decision soon on future of north Kildare court services

Kilcock Courthouse closed in September 2016

Authorities will shortly consider whether repairing the courthouse in Kilcock is a viable option.

Since September 2016, all Kilcock District Court Cases have been heard at Naas courthouse. The Kilcock District Court Area covers Maynooth, Kilcock, Straffan, Rathcoffey and a large part of west Kildare, and the move has put a burden on the public, given the poor public transport between the north and centre of the county.

A costing has been completed and presented to the Office of Public Works, a separate review of the provision of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock is also nearing completion.

Originally Kilcock Court was set to reopen in November 2016, but major issues with the building have delayed that.

Last March the Minister indicated to the Labour Party’s Emmet Stagg that a review of the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock would be held.

The Minister has now advised Mr. Stagg that the review of the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock is nearing completion.

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The review involved consultation with relevant stakeholders including legal practitioners, the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána and members of the judiciary.

t’s understood that a report is being prepared to present at the next meeting of the Courts Service Building Committee in February 2019 and that any decision on the future delivery of court services in the District Court area of Kilcock will be made then.

Mr. Stagg said he was glad that the review was nearly completed, given the importance of the delivery of District Court services locally.