The Minister for Justice and Law Reform Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., today officially opened the newly restored Kilkenny Courthouse. The restoration, overseen by the Courts Service and the Office of Public Works, cost in the region of €17 million to complete.

 Speaking at the opening the Minister said "The Courts Service, which celebrated its first decade last year, must be congratulated for the ambitious programme of new courthouse development and refurbishment projects which it has rolled out throughout the country over that period. This programme has physically transformed the courts infrastructure throughout the country. These new and refurbished courthouses are a lasting testament to the commitment of the Courts Service Board and the Courts Service staff to the delivery of improved standards and services to all its stakeholders."

The works provide new and improved accommodation for all Court users and include two new courtrooms, judges’ chambers, consultation rooms for legal practitioners to meet their clients privately, victim support room, improved jury facilities, office accommodation for Circuit and District Court offices and a holding cell area for prisoners.

 The Minister continued "Even though staff resources are scarce, through initiatives such as centralising the processing of payments and providing other e-government services including Small Claims Online and the electronic exchange of data with An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service will be able to continue to deliver high quality front line services to all court users."

The Minister concluded "The new courthouse here in Kilkenny is a great credit to the Office of Public Works and their architects who have once again done a magnificent job. I would also like to single out the conservation architects team from Bluett O'Donoghue who helped preserve the integrity of the past whilst sympathetically marrying the modernity of the new extension and atrium. The main contractor on the project was Michael McNamara & Co. who brought all the planning and design to fruition. While the traditions of the past have been respected and enhanced, I think you will agree the building is thoroughly 21st century. "

 15 October 2010