Courthouse re-opening to herald “rebirth of city’s legal district”

The opening of the newly refurbished Waterford Courthouse on Monday next will herald the rebirth of the legal and business district in the heart of the city, according to Senator Paudie Coffey (FG).
The imposing James Gandon designed building has been greatly enhanced following its €22 million makeover.
The expanded building which now includes six courtrooms, consultation facilities, technologically advanced recording and viewing facilities with video links to courthouses nationally and internationally – will begin hearing cases over the coming weeks, marking a new era for the delivery of legal services in the city.
“The new Courthouse is a fabulous architectural landmark building standing proud in the heart of Ireland’s oldest city and it now has the necessary capacity and facilities to sustain all levels of court cases that will be held in our city for generations to come,” stated Senator Coffey.
Before the new Courthouse was approved by the previous government, fears had been expressed that important High Court cases would be lost to Waterford due to lack of space and consultation rooms.

The refurbished and expanded Waterford Courthouse will open next week, much to the satisfaction of Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey (inset).			 | Courthouse Photos: Peter Moloney

The refurbished and expanded Waterford Courthouse will open next week, much to the satisfaction of Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey (inset). | Courthouse Photos: Peter Moloney


The extension of the new Courthouse was contingent on the old fire station being relocated from Catherine Street site to its impressive new headquarters at Ballybeg, which Senator Coffey said he was “honoured” to officially opened as Minister for State in 2015.
Senator Coffey, currently his party’s sole General Election candidate, said that the new Courthouse is a credit to “everyone involved in delivering this major multi-million euro construction project for the city, including the architects, engineers, surveyors and the builders, BAM Ireland.”

He added: “I would like to commend the Courts Service for the manner in which they executed the delivery of this significant project, where they seamlessly relocated on a temporary basis all court activities to Gracedieu and kept the important wheels of the legal and judicial system turning here in Waterford city. That was no mean feat and this achievement needs to be recognised and appreciated by the public they serve. I wish to commend and thank the Courts Service, the County Registrar, Mr Niall Rooney and all the staff for their co-operation and dedication to public service in making this happen.”

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