WATCH: Multi-million euro Limerick courthouse to be officially opened

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Multi-million euro Limerick courthouse to be officially opened

The new courthouse at Mulgrave Street will be opened by Minister Charlie Flanagan | PICTURE: Adrian Butler

LIMERICK’S new multi-million euro courts complex at Mulgrave Street will be officially opened this Monday.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, will perform the officially opening while the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will also attend the ceremony.

The new complex, which incorporates six courtrooms and various ancillary facilities, opened in the middle of February following almost two years of construction.

History will be made at the new courthouse this week as the Supreme Court sits in Limerick for the first time.

“This is the first time ever that the Supreme Court has visited Limerick and only the second time in history that the Supreme Court has convened outside Dublin, having visited Cork a number of years ago,” said Minister Flanagan.

The new courthouse, which cost in the region of €26m to build, contains six courtrooms, including the largest courtroom in Ireland – which will primarily host sittings of the district court.

Located on the site of a former 19th century artillery barracks, known locally as Costello’s Yard, the courthouse is bounded by Mulgrave Street and Roxboro Road and is located close to Limerick Prison.

It is an additional courthouse for the city as the historic County Courthouse at Merchants Quay will also continue in use – primarily dealing with civil and family law matters.

“Limerick, like other courthouses, engages daily with citizens dealing with criminal, civil and family law in both the District and Circuit Court. In 2016 alone, over 20,950 matters were dealt with across 408 court sitting days by the District Court sitting in Limerick city. In addition, the Circuit Court dealt with over 1,605 matters across 216 court sitting days,” said Minister Flanagan.

“User facilities such as a vulnerable witness suite, victim support room, legal practitioners room, enhanced custody facilities, jury reception room, media room and consultation rooms are a welcome addition at the new Courthouse. I am confident that this new courthouse will meet the needs of Limerick and the surrounding area for many decades to come,” he added.