160. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Justice the progress that has been made on the refurbishment of the existing courthouse in Tuam, County Galway for court services; when the project will be carried out; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57813/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be 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 the performance of its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided me with the following update.
The courthouse building in Tuam, which is a protected structure, has been vacant for some time and is in very poor condition. As a result, court sittings in Tuam are taking place in a leased facility at Weir Road, Tuam. This facility was fitted out in 2017. I am also advised that there are no current plans to refurbish the existing courthouse.