118. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider Wicklow court house as part of the €10 million provision in Exchequer funding for courts building refurbishment under the capital investment plan, as this court house has been earmarked for development of a Four Courts campus by the Courts Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34869/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, 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 have informed me that a portion of land adjacent to Wicklow Courthouse was acquired by the Courts Service that would allow for the future development of the courthouse. The courthouse building and surrounding lands are in the ownership of the Courts Service. While the Courts Service has not been in a position in recent years to proceed with its plans for Wicklow Courthouse, it is committed to the development of the courthouse and is reviewing its capital investment proposals in the light of the recent publication of "Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021". I am assured that the matter will be kept under review, having regard to available resources.