Cork TD Calls On Government To Protect Family Court Sittings In Mallow
A Cork East TD is calling on the government to guarantee that Mallow will not lose its family court sittings.
The court house, on O’Brien Street in Mallow, is expected to be closed for approximately six months for a major renovation.
The works are expected to cost approximately 1.2 million euro.
The Courts Service is planning for all Mallow sittings of the District Court to be held in Fermoy – for the duration of the refurbishment works.
While, all Circuit Court sittings will move to Anglesea Street courthouse in the City during the project.
Speaking in the Dáil, Labour Deputy Seán Sherlock sought assurances that family court services are kept in the town to protect domestic violence victims:
“It would have been very easy to provide alternative accommodation within the town of Mallow itself, and not to have to send people further to Fermoy, and to Cork in respect of Circuit Court sittings. The Court Service could have engaged with the local GAA club, which has ample facilities to make provision for court sittings. The fear is, and we have Youghal as an example, is that when services get consolidated to another court, that they don’t return”.