Senator Hopkins stated that “I met this morning (Thursday 24th October) with Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. regarding Roscommon Courthouse.  This is an issue I have been raising consistently over the past number of years.


“I have received concerns from a number of individuals on this issue specifically that court sittings cannot take place in Roscommon Courthouse due to condition of building.  It is not acceptable for the courts service to move out of Roscommon Town and I emphasised this strongly to Minister Flanagan this morning.  Minister Flanagan informed me that he has been in contact with the Courts Service this morning and advised the Courts Service that an alternative venue should be secured in Roscommon Town immediately in order to allow for continuation of court sittings in the town.”


“The Courts Service has purchased Roscommon County Council’s share of the building and now owns the entire courthouse.  Major refurbishment of Roscommon Courthouse is planned under the Courts Service provincial capital building programme. However, these significant refurbishment works will take a number of years to complete, at a minimum five years.”


Senator Hopkins continued “I have asked Minister Flanagan this morning to explore the possibility of completing interim works in order to facilitate safe access to Roscommon Courthouse and permit court sittings while the larger refurbishment works are planned.”


Senator Hopkins concluded “I understand a meeting of the local Bar Association is to take place this afternoon (Thursday 24th October) to discuss this matter. I continue to work closely with Minister Flanagan on this issue.”