193. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice if she will consider holding an updated review of existing courthouses, including the courthouse in Tralee, County Kerry in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. [57963/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): 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 on this matter.
With regard to a review of existing courthouses, the Courts Service has informed me that condition surveys of 60 court buildings throughout the country have now been completed on its behalf. The Courts Service is currently undertaking a National Venue Review with a view to adopting a new Estate Strategy up to 2030. The results of those surveys will be taken into consideration in that regard. The Courts Service further informs me that it has never carried out a review of courthouses in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and currently has no plans to do so.