Motion for Council to initiate legal proceedings against the Courts Service over railings

'Abject failure' to maintain and restore the Courthouse railings in Carlow Town

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The Carlow Courthouse railings

A motion has been tabled for Carlow County Council to initiate legal proceedings against the Courts Service over their "abject failure" to maintain and restore the Courthouse railings in Carlow Town. 

Cllr Fergal Browne has tabled the motion ahead of Monday's full meeting of the Council. 

It states: "That Carlow County Council initiate legal proceedings against the Courts Service for their abject failure to maintain and restore the Courthouse railings." 

He has previously labelled the railings "a complete embarrassment" after they were mentioned in Carlow's Tidy Towns report.

The Courts Service and the Office of Public Works are obliged to restore the unique 190-year-old railings at Carlow Courthouse and say they are committed to doing it but there have been criticisms over a delay in carrying out the works. 

Speaking at the October full meeting of the Council, Cllr Browne said: "They are a complete embarrassment and are a danger. The Tidy Towns commented on them."

The inspector's report for Carlow in this year's Tidy Towns said: "It looks like there is some work going on at the Courthouse – hopefully the railings will be refreshed in the process as they are quite rusted – is there scope for a biodiversity project on the grounds there?"