Brady ac­cuses Fianna Fail of al­low­ing court to close

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THE re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Wick­low Court­house is top of the agenda with many Wick­low TDs it seems and Deputy John Brady is now call­ing on his Fianna Fáil coun­ter­parts to use their re­la­tion­ship with Fine Gael to get the fa­cil­ity back open.

Re­cently Fianna Fáíl Deputies Pat Casey and Stephen Don­nelly, along with their party col­league Cllr Gail Dunne, said they wanted to see the court­house re­opened to bring life back to the heart of Wick­low town.

Sinn Fein deputy John Brady has, some­what caus­ti­cally, wel­comed the party’s ‘change of heart’ af­ter, he claims, ‘stand­ing idly by and al­low­ing it to close’ in 2010.

Cir­cuit Court sit­tings ended at Wick­low Court­house in 2008, with District Court sit­tings com­ing to an end in 2010.

‘I have had sev­eral cor­re­spon­dences with both the pre­vi­ous Min­is­ter for Jus­tice and Equal­ity Frances Fitzger­ald TD and the Courts Ser­vice re­gard­ing the for­mer court­house,’ said Deputy Brady.

‘In April, I sought the an­nual costs in­volved in main­tain­ing the un­used court­house from the then Min­is­ter Fitzger­ald. In 2015 and 2016, the Courts Ser­vice spent al­most €13,000 on heat, light and fuel costs with just over €4,000 spent on se­cu­rity costs be­tween the years 2012 and 2014.

‘I have asked both the Min­is­ter and the Courts Ser­vice to ex­am­ine re­open­ing the court­house in Wick­low town and I un­der­stand from both that there are no im­me­di­ate plans in place to re­open the court­house,’ he said.

‘ The OPW is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing a sur­vey of the build­ing to es­tab­lish its con­di­tion and I await these find­ings. I will con­tinue to work to­wards the re­open­ing of the court­house.

‘If Fianna Fáil are gen­uine about re­open­ing the court­house in Wick­low town they should use their con­fi­dence and sup­ply agree­ment with Fine Gael to se­cure the fund­ing needed to re­sume the court ser­vice in the town,’ said Deputy Brady.

Re­cently, the Court Ser­vices in­di­cated that it would take in the re­gion of €10 mil­lion to re­fur­bish the build­ing. How­ever, Wick­low hasn’t been in­cluded in the list of court­houses to face re­fur­bish­ment un­der the Ac­tion Plan for Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment over the next 18 months.

A few weeks ago, Deputies Casey and Don­nelly and Cllr Dunne, launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on him to hon­our the 2015 com­mit­ment that Wick­low Court­house would be re­fur­bished and put to work for the town. They hope to present it to the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice this month.

Mem­bers of the public can sign the pe­ti­tion by call­ing into Deputy Casey’s con­stituency of­fice in Mar­ket Square or on­line at www.change.org/p/court-ser­vice­sof-ire­land-wick­low-court­house-must-bere­fur­bushed.

Deputy John Brady

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