615. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to develop the old courthouse on the Boghall Road, Bray, County Wicklow; the stage they are at; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13900/20]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Helen McEntee): 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 provided the following update on this matter.
The Courts Service has no plans at present to develop the former courthouse situated on Boghall Road, which has been vacant since 2006, when court sittings and services were relocated to alternative accommodation leased by the Courts Service in the town centre.
While the construction of a county town type courthouse facility at Bray is included amongst the Courts Service projects in the National Development Plan, the current Boghall Road site is considered unsuitable for such a development in terms of size or location.