The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Brendan Smith, has officiated at the official opening of newly refurbished Monaghan Courthouse today. Completed at a cost of €8.5m, the project restores the building to its original architectural glory while providing vastly improved state of the art facilities to meet the modern day requirements of all court users.

Performing the official opening, Minister Smith said "Monaghan can once again take immense pride in this historic courthouse. This building, reflecting 19th century architectural traditions, is now very much 21st century infrastructure. I am confident that this courthouse will meet the needs of Monaghan and the surrounding area for many decades to come. I wish all who work here, the judges, staff and legal practitioners and the wider public who avail of court services, well for the future." 

The Minister paid tribute to the work ethic of local Courts Service staff, noting that they had provided an excellent public service in less than desirable conditions prior to the refurbishment project. The works provide new and improved accommodation for all Court users and include consultation rooms for legal practitioners to meet their clients privately, victim support room, improved jury facilities, staff offices and a holding cell area for prisoners. The courthouse now includes three modern oak panelled courtrooms. Two are large jury courtrooms and the third serves as a family law court. New circulation routes meet the highest possible standards in segregating the way in which judges, jury members, public and prisoners enter the courthouse. The design of the courtrooms, along with the installation of a new lift, ensures universal access.

21 February 2011