Deputy John Deasy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Courthouse redevelopment project in Waterford; and the timeline for its completion.
As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that Waterford courthouse is one of seven courthouses nationwide which are currently being built or refurbished as part of the Governments Infrastructure Stimulus programme.
Work on the refurbishment and extension of the courthouse commenced in December 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2017. The refurbishment and extension of the existing courthouse will accommodate six courtrooms, improved custody facilities, court offices and associated facilities and will, when completed, provide significantly improved facilities for all court users in Waterford.