330. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to refurbish Swords District Court in County Dublin; the estimated cost of making it fully wheelchair-accessible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40412/15]


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 I am informed that the Courts Service is aware of the limitations of Swords District Court as regards accessibility and facilities generally for court users. I am further informed that limited space and the conservation status of the building do not allow for the necessary structural changes to provide such accessibility. The Courts Service is considering whether to relocate the courthouse, however they have advised that this will be dependant on the availability of funding and the availability of a suitable alternative site.