Down Memory Lane in Longford: Courthouse works to cost £2.2m

Story of the week from June 23, 1995

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Down Memory Lane in Longford: Courthouse works to cost £2.2m

Less than a month after the Minister for Justice announced the total refurbishment of the historic Courthouse, disgraceful scenes of disorder were once again witnessed in the Chamber of Longford County Council.

The County Manager announced that the cost of the refurbishment project had been estimated by the Office of Public Works at £2.2 million and Cllr Mickey Nevin predicted there was “no way” that kind of money could be spent on such a project in the current economic climate.

“Up the road in Castlerea the Minister has stopped work on a badly needed prison and now she is going to spend £2.2m on refurbishing the Courthouse”, said Cllr Nevin, “don't tell me that she won't have a re-think when she sees that she could have a new courthouse on a greenfield site for £700,000 .........let's be frank about this, it's not going to happen, not while you are in that chair, Mr Chairman or not while I am on this planet”. 

Cllr Peter Murphy moved a notice of motion seeking a completion date for the refurbishment works. Mickey Nevin told Cllr Murphy that he should be looking for a commencement date.

“Cllr Murphy, yourself and myself will be above in the Market Square on two walking sticks before this project even starts” predicted Cllr Nevin.

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