‘Save our Court­house’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

KERRY’S le­gal cir­cle and the busi­ness com­mu­nity in Tralee have joined forces to fight State plans to move the county’s main court­house to Bal­ly­mullen Bar­racks on the out­skirts of the town.

In spite of over­whelm­ing lo­cal op­po­si­tion, the Courts Ser­vice ap­pears de­ter­mined to press ahead with plans to move Tralee’s courts out of the his­toric 19th cen­tury court­house on Ashe Street.

The Courts Ser­vice – who ac­knowl­edge Tralee court­house re­quires ma­jor re­fur­bish­ments – re­cently re­quested a val­u­a­tion of Bal­ly­mullen Bar­racks from the Depart­ment of De­fence.

A spokesman for the Courts Ser­vice said that “An as­sess­ment re­cently car­ried out by the OPW in­di­cates that very lit­tle po­ten­tial ex­ists for de­vel­op­ing the ex­ist­ing court­house site to pro­vide mod­ern court fa­cil­i­ties”.

This view is strongly con­tested by Kerry Law So­ci­ety mem­bers who ar­gue there is am­ple space in the ex­ist­ing build­ing – in­clud­ing its empty open air ro­tunda – and nearby to al­low for its re­de­vel­op­ment.

At the Court­house on Tues­day Law So­ci­ety mem­bers met with Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ashe Street traders and other con­cerned stake­hold­ers to for­mu­late a strat­egy to pre­vent the move.

Ini­tially the group will write to the Courts Ser­vice to out­line their op­po­si­tion and out­line how the ex­ist­ing court­house can be re­fur­bished. An in­ten­sive po­lit­i­cal lob­by­ing cam­paign will also be launched.

The group ar­gues that mov­ing the court­house would dev­as­tate Tralee town cen­tre.

Re­cent re­marks by Jus­tice Min­is­ter Char­lie Flana­gan sug­gest he may agree with their po­si­tion.

Open­ing a new €19 mil­lion court­house in Let­terkenny on Mon­day he said it is “im­por­tant that courts are in the cen­tre of town”.

Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Law So­ci­ety mem­bers, Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance mem­bers and other stake­hold­ers at Tues­day’s meet­ing over the fu­ture of Tralee’s iconic Court­house on Ashe Street. The group reaf­firmed their strong op­po­si­tion to a pro­posal to move the court into a new site on the out­skirts of Tralee. Solic­i­tors Pa Daly and John Galvin in the un­der­used open air ro­tunda within the Court­house com­plex.

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