25th July 2017


Commends outgoing Chief Justice Susan Denham on ‘many pioneering reforms’ during her tenure


The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today (July 25th, 2017) been presented with the Courts Service Annual Report, 2016. The presentation was attended by the Chief Justice of Ireland and Chair of the Courts Service, Susan Denham ahead of her forthcoming retirement. It was also attended by all the board members as well as the Chief Executive, Brendan Ryan. Minister Flanagan paid tribute to the staff of the Courts Service for the excellent service provided by the courts, and looked forward to improvements in the courts infrastructure:


I was a solicitor in practise in Portlaoise for many years, so I know first-hand the importance of the Courts and the Courts Service to the State and I am delighted with the significant improvements happening across the courts system. The Government is committed to providing for an excellent courts system. The provision of first class court accommodation and resources is an important part of achieving this goal.


“Four new courthouses are being constructed around the country and three courthouses are being refurbished and extended. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of opening the new Drogheda Courthouse. I am looking forward to the completion by the end of this year of the other projects in Letterkenny, Limerick, Wexford, Cork, Mullingar and Waterford. “


The Minister also praised the contribution to public life of the outgoing Chief Justice, Susan Denham:

“I wish to thank you, Chief Justice, for the very significant court reforms that you presided over and I am confident that your legacy will continue for many years to come. You have been an inspiration to all of us seeking to enhance access to justice for all our citizens. During your tenure both as a judge of the Superior Courts and as Chief Justice you were instrumental in many pioneering reforms including the establishment of the Courts Service itself and of course the new Court of Appeal.”




A link to Courts Service Annual Report, 2016 will be made available