131. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 395 of 16 July 2015, the plans the Office of Public Works has to refurbish Roscommon Courthouse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43307/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, the Courts Service Act 1998 provides that management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service have informed me that the position in respect of Roscommon Courthouse is unchanged from that in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 395 of 16 July 2015. The Courts Service confirms that it remains committed to providing improved court facilities in Roscommon town and that the development of courthouse facilities in the town is part of its plans for the future. I am also informed that the Courts Service is in discussion with Roscommon County Council about the existing courthouse building.