THE Courts Service has confirmed that the proposed amalgamation of the Drogheda and Dundalk District Court offices will go ahead, according to Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.
However, following meetings involving O’Dowd, other public representatives and officials, a limited office service will be established in the Drogheda Courthouse during court sitting days.
“Our group and the Drogheda Solicitors Association protested to the Courts Service in the strongest possible terms about the effect that this amalgamation would have on frontline court services in Drogheda - particularly in the area of family law,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“I have received a letter from the Chief Executive of the Courts Service, Brendan Ryan, which states that, in the light of smaller staff and resources, the most appropriate course of action is to proceed with the amalgamation.”
However, a limited office service will be put in place for the courthouse during court sitting days.
“It will be operated by a staff member from Dundalk and will be kept under continuous review.
“No date has been set for the vacation of the premises in the Carnegie Library Building on Fair Street.
“However, the Courts Service is conscious of the pressure to vacate the building to allow work to commence on the new youth development project.”