South Tipperary County council officials have been told by Cllr.Denis Leahy that it had an obligation to take measures to prevent the historic Tipperary courthouse building from falling into decay.
Cllr. Leahy reminded officials at the February monthly meeting of the authority that the courthouse was a protected building and should be protected under the planning laws.
“If the building is endangered the council is legally required to do something about it,” insisted Cllr.Leahy.
Cllr. Leahy told officials that if the situation existed in relation to a building in private ownership the owner w ould be given eight days to put the matter right and he believed the same should apply in this case.
“We have seen the condition of the building slipping away.We cannot ignore the condition of this building.It has not been opened in two or three years and it is deteriorating. We are the guardians of this structure , but who is minding the guardians ?” asked Cllr. Leahy.
Cllr. Leahy said the building was in danger and the council had a duty to protect it.
Cllr.Joe Donovan said that the figures mentioned regarding the cost of the repair of the building were huge and it might cost less to actually build a new courthouse.
The meeting was told that the council could not take any further action on the building until a court case concerning the courthouse was dealt with.
Cllr.Leahy said that irrespective of what legal case was going on the council had a duty to protect the building and should be carrying out that duty.