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Matthews writes to Minister seeking upgrades to Wicklow Town Courthouse

Date: 13 September 2021

Deputy Steven Matthews recently met with Minister for Justice – Heather Humphreys in Wicklow Town as part of a wider funding announcement for the Town Square. However, the front of the Court House, which was flagged by number of residents as needing cleaning, was not included in the planned works for the town. Following their meeting, Deputy Matthews wrote to the Minister to ask that this issue is addressed to compliment the ongoing investment in the area. Discussing the issue, Deputy Matthews said:

“In recent months there has been some very positive funding announcements for Wicklow Town that will see huge improvements to the town square and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the old courthouse which faces the southern part of the square, which has not been in use since 2010, is not included in any planned improvement works. Several residents have written to me over the summer to ask if anything can be done to clean up the front of the building that faces onto the square and having had the opportunity to examine the building up close last week, I completely understand their concerns.

“The works I have asked the Minster to consider include the cleaning of the whole front of the building that faces onto the square and some subtle up-lighting that will add to the ongoing positive investment in the rest of the square. The lighting in particular will be a welcome addition as we head into the winter months. Given the level of investment going into various aspects of Wicklow Town, the relatively small some of money required to improve the façade of the courthouse would be a very positive investment.

“I will continue to engage with Minister Humphreys and her Department in the coming weeks with the hope of getting this project carried out. I also look forward to working with Wicklow County Council in the coming months on the overall positive improvements to the public realm in the town that will improve the area for visitors and locals alike, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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