Survey: Leave courthouse where it is

Tralee Courthouse: Calls to refurbish the building in a way that is fit for purpose,

THE vast majority of respondents to a survey have expressed a clear view that the existing Tralee Courthouse building should be retained as a court and that no development of a new courthouse should commence on the Island of Geese.

The online survey was conducted by the Green Party in Kerry over the month of September and all submissions were anonymous.

Kerry spokesman, Anluan Dunne, said it is clear that the majority of people want the court to remain where it is.

One of the survey findings

“The previous review of the historic building by the OPW must be re-assessed. We have highly talented architects skilled in heritage conservation who can produce a design to satisfy the needs of the Courts Service, legal professionals and the public,” he said.

“Let us lay out the challenge and invite proposals to refurbish the building in a way that is fit for purpose,” he added.

Over 70 per cent of survey respondents said they wish to see the decision by the Courts Service to seek a new building reviewed. Since the survey began, the Department of Heritage has sought to form its own opinion on the building.

82 per cent were of the opinion that Kerry County Council should not permit the construction of a new courthouse building on the Island of Geese site.