8ft tree takes centre stage in courthouse
For decades Green Street courthouse in the centre of Dublin was the home of the non jury Special Criminal Court.
Since the court was transferred to the new CCJ complex at Infirmary Road, Green Street has been used for weekly sittings of the drugs court.
This week, the court made history when Judge Coughlan decided to introduce some festive cheer and purchased an 8ft Christmas tree.
It is the first time that a tree has made an appearance at the Green Street courthouse.
The court caters for drug addicts, who have pleaded guilty to the charges before them in other courts and given an opportunity to be weaned off their addiction.
If they co-operate fully with the court, the "slate" will be wiped clean and they end up without a conviction.
Those who sell drugs or have been involved in violent offences will not be allowed into the drugs court.