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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Emergency bid to save district courts

John Manning

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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EMERGENCY motions are being brought forward this week at two separate council meetings aimed at saving the fates of Balbriggan and Swords district courts, which look set to close by the end of the year.

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Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said that along with his Fianna Fáil colleagues on the council and with the support of a number of other councillors, emergency motions were to be brought forward to last night's (Monday's) full council meeting and to the Swords/Balbriggan Area Committee which meets today (Tuesday).

Cllr Butler said: 'Along with my Fianna Fáil colleagues, I will be submitting the following emergency motions for the full Council meeting and the Balbriggan / Swords Area Committee, this week.

'A number of other Councillors have indicated that they will sign and support the motions so hopefully both will be passed at this week's meetings.'

At the full council meeting last night, the motion brought to the floor was: 'That Fingal County Council fully supports the retention of the four courthouses in Dublin threatened with closure (Swords, Dún Laoghaire, Balbriggan and Tallaght), in particular the Fingal based Swords and Balbriggan courthouses and calls for any proposals for their closure to be dropped.

' That Fingal County Council will make a submission to the Courts Service categorically against the proposed closures and calling for their retention.'

The similar motion proposed today (Tuesday) at the Swords/Balbriggan Area Committee is: 'That the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee fully supports the retention of the Swords and Balbriggan courthouses and calls for any proposals for their closure to be dropped.

'That the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee will make a submission to the Courts Service categorically against the proposed closures and calling for their retention.'

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