135. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a comprehensive update, including an estimated timeframe and cost, on plans for a new courthouse in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24002/15]
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.
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that while they plan to develop a new courthouse in Galway city there is not sufficient space on the current site to allow for the extension of the building. The Courts Service is currently working with the Office of Public Works in searching for a suitable alternative site.
I am also informed the Courts Service purchased a site in Tuam, Co. Galway, a number of years ago for the construction of a new courthouse. I am informed that the plans for a new courthouse will be based on incorporating the existing building on site. The Courts Service cannot at present provide details of the time-frame or cost of the project, however I am assured that the matter will be kept under review, having regard to available resources.