Judge Criticises Conditions In Tralee Courthouse On District Court Days

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Kerry Circuit Court.

Tralee courthouse.

THE state of Tralee Courthouse on days of district court sittings has been severely criticised by Judge James O’Connor yesterday.

A report by Anne Lucey in the Irish Times says the judge called it the most awkward court in Kerry and Cork and he would no longer tolerate the filth and noise on district court days.

He said the noise from the large hall was disrupting the Wednesday court sittings while people were hanging around the steps “smoking and yapping” for long periods of time.

The judge called on gardaí present to co-operate and keep order in the hall, which he said is littered with cigarette butts and coffee cups on district court days.

The imposing courthouse, which was built in 1835, is one of the only courthouses in the country which has not been refurbished internally in the past decade and has been a topic of debate in Tralee Town Council and Tralee Municipal District meetings in the past number of years.

Wheelchair access still has not been installed while councillors called for the exterior to be properly maintained and to be lit up at night as it is such an architecturally important building in the town.

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  1. Donal Carey says:

    Tell the Judge to use some of the money he sends out of the Country to clean it up