The courthouse in Dún Laoghaire is being considered for closure. Under Alan Shatter, the Department of Justice asked the Courts Service to draw up a list of courthouses in Dublin to be closed with their operations transferred to a city centre location.
Closing the courthouse would mean the loss of an important civic function for the town. Dún Laoghaire has had a courthouse for more than a hundred years. It is staffed with local workers and provides a local venue to resolve local disputes The town has already suffered significant loss of commercial activity, and losing the courthouse would do nothing to halt this decline.
Dalkey and Kill O’ The Grange Garda stations were closed in the past two years but to date nothing has been done with these buildings. Where is the cost saving?
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has a population of 200,000 people and merits the retention of its own courthouse. I ask the new Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to show wisdom in the execution of her brief on this issue.