Plans for five new courthouses by end of the year
Five new and two upgraded courthouses will open by the end of the year as part of a €140m investment in court buildings.
The first of these, the new Drogheda Courthouse, was officially opened yesterday by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Chief Justice Susan Denham.
A Courts Service spokesman said new courthouses will also be opened in Wexford, Cork, Limerick and Letterkenny, while upgraded facilities will be opened in Waterford and Mullingar. Construction work is being done under a public private partnership.
Speaking in Drogheda, Ms Justice Denham said that in the past major court buildings were "designed more to intimidate than to accommodate".
"In our new buildings we are very conscious of the need to invite entry and allow freedom of movement within and around the building," she said.
She said the design would provide universal access for persons with mobility difficulties.