Blow to calls for Roscommon to Longford court sittings switch

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Fianna Fáil Joe Flaherty

Fianna Fáil's Joe Flaherty has been championing calls for court sittings in Roscommon to be switched to Longford when its courthouse closes for refurbishment works next year

Calls for court sittings in Roscommon to be transferred to Longford to allow for the courthouse refurbishment works to be carried out look like falling on deaf ears.

Fianna Fáil's Cllr Joe Flaherty had raised prospects of switching sittings to Longford when the Connacht facility closes for refurbishment in March 2020.

However, in a statement this week, the Courts Services appeared to pour cold water on that suggestion with both Carrick-On-Shannon and Castlerea being looked as as possible alternatives should Roscommon Courthouse close for upgrading in March next year.

“If there are (problems), the proposal is that Circuit Court sittings will move to Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim while District Court sittings will move to Castlerea Courthouse in Co Roscommon as an interim measure,” a spokesperson said.

“Work is under way to look for alternative venues in Roscommon town to house the District Court, and where possible the Circuit Court.

“The first consultation meeting with Court users is taking place this afternoon with local court users.”