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No court plan to lease or rent new Millstreet facilities

THE court services has no plans to "procure, lease or rent," new facilities for Millstreet court. For the past year, Millstreet District Court which sat in the town for 100 years has been held in Macroom.

However, Carnegie Hall in Millstreet was recently revamped at a cost of €450,000, but the former court room is now home to Cork County Council employees. It was mooted by a spokesperson for the courts service last year, that the move would be "temporary," but, that is now not the case.

"In the current economic climate, we have no plans to procure, lease or rent new facilities for Millstreet court. The future of court sittings in the area are being examined as part of the final phase of our national reorganisation of District court venues," said spokesperson for the court services.

He said the process has seen "improvements" and increased sittings days for District Court areas across the country. "No decision for the future of Millstreet District Court will be made until this process has been completed in the coming months," he added.

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Millstreet District Court sat at Carnegie Hall for 100 years and the move last year was greatly lamented by Cllr Noel Buckley (FG). He said: "Amalgamation certainly seems to be the way to go now, and it's a real pity as towns are losing their vibrancy.

"The court has been in Millstreet for 100 years and towns across Duhallow are seeing a closure of shops, post offices and marts, which means towns are losing their profiles. Millstreet's loss is Macrooms' gain," he said.