Concerns were raised at local authority meetings over the past week that Carrick-on-Suir and Tipperary Town could lose their district court sittings as part of a review of the county’s court services.
The elected members of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council decided at their monthly meeting last Thursday to send a letter to the Court Service voicing their objection to transferring Carrick-on-Suir’s district court sittings to a larger town.
Fears about the future of Tipperary Town’s district court service were also highlighted at the Cashel/Tipperary Municipal District Council meeting on Monday where Council councillors concerned about the court’s future in Tipperary town resolved to send submissions outlining their opposition to the Courts Service.
At the Carrick-on-Suir MDC meeting, Independent Cllr Kieran Bourke said it had come to the attention of the solicitors in the county that there was a proposal to close Carrick Courthouse. It would be another “nail in the coffin of rural Ireland” if this happened, he declared.
The former Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir proposed the Council send the letter to the Courts Service objecting to any proposal to close his hometown’s courthouse.
He argued that moving the district court out of Carrick would downgrade the town’s status and have an adverse impact on its economy as court sitting attended by 60 to 70 people brought extra business to the town.
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