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16/09/2021

Motion for Carlow County Council to take legal action over state of Courthouse railings

Proposal will come before members on November 12 at the full meeting of the Council

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Carlow Courthouse

A councillor has put a motion before Carlow County Council which calls for the local authority to take legal action against the Court Services over the condition of the Courthouse railings in the town. 

Cllr Fergal Browne's motion states: "That Carlow County Council initiate legal proceedings against the Court Services for their abject failure to maintain and restore the Courthouse railings at Carlow Courthouse."

The restoration of Carlow Courthouse's railings "will take a number of years", Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan warned recently. 

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.

Minister Flanagan said recently that the Courts Service had informed him that they are aware that the railings surrounding Carlow Courthouse are in "poor condition and are committed to their full restoration at the earliest possible date".

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