New Letterkenny Court Building, one of seven projects being completed by BAM (Feb 12, 2018)
Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, and Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, officiated at the Opening Ceremony of Letterkenny Courthouse – one of seven courthouse projects being delivered by BAM Ireland under a €140 million public-private partnership (PPP).
“As we leave the great recession behind us, we can once again look forward to having the funds to invest in improving the development of Government initiatives,” Mr Justice Clarke said.
Commenting on the project, BAM Ireland Chief Executive Theo Cullinane said: “It is a great honour to deliver this major project for the Courts Service and for Letterkenny. Our courts are key elements of State infrastructure, and it is privilege for BAM to undertake the construction, refurbishment, and long-term maintenance of these important buildings.”
Letterkenny’s courthouse replaces the old courthouse in the town which had served Donegal since 1831. Mr Justice Clarke said: “The old courthouse is a fine building, but after 187 years the level of activity and the needs of a modern courts system became more than it could manage.”
The Letterkenny courthouse will accommodate hearings of the Circuit and District Court and may also be used by the High Court and Central Criminal Court. Mr Justice Clarke’s comments were echoed by Minister Flanagan, who said the opening represented a “landmark day”.
Courts in Drogheda and Letterkenny have now been opened while the new courthouse in Wexford will be opened next week with new and refurbished buildings to open soon in Limerick, Waterford, Cork and Mullingar.
Pictured: The Hon Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice and Mr Charles Flanagan TD, The Minister for Justice and Equality (centre), together with the BAM Team. (Image: Neil Warner Photography)