Dr. Martin Mansergh, TD, local Minister of State with special responsibility for OPW, is glad to announce that, following his intervention, at the request of the Courts Service, and with the assistance of the Department of Justice and Law Reform, urgent repairs are to be carried out early in the New Year to the ceiling and the roof of Tipperary Courthouse.
The state of the Courthouse, which is a listed building, has been a concern to the legal profession, Tipperary Town Council, and local residents for some time.
Although listed for works in 2009, the constrained budget of the Courts Service and its other priorities had unfortunately led to their indefinite postponement, despite persistent representations being transmitted to them. However, immediate health and safety issues now arise, necessitating works.
The Tipperary Courthouse is of considerable convenience to its users, and there is a strong desire that it remain open, and that cases are not shifted to locations an hour or more away in distant Tipperary towns.
Once immediate repairs are carried out, it should be possible to identify whatever further works can be done at low cost. Whatever solution is adopted, I will certainly lend my weight in trying to ensure that Court sittings remain in the town. We are grateful in the meantime to the Excel Heritage Centre for providing temporary accommodation.