Tuesday 28 March 2017

Near miss as masonry falls into Four Courts hall

ENGINEERS will today check for structural damage after a chunk of masonry fell from the ceiling of the Four Courts' Round Hall.

A number of people had a lucky escape after the large rosette fell from the domed ceiling. Cranes have been brought in so that engineers can get a closer look at the damage.

At around 10.30am yesterday, a section of rosette-shaped masonry, which formed part of the inner ceiling close to the centre of the dome, fell and shattered on the floor.

There was a significant number of people, including tourists, witnesses involved in cases, court staff, and lawyers in the hall at the time, but no one was hit.

A short time earlier it had been crowded prior to the commencement of busy Monday morning courts lists.

The Courts Service said the damage was minor, adding that the centre of the Round Hall under the rosettes had been cordoned off.

A full inspection of the ceiling had been arranged.

Irish Independent

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