The Court Service is about to waste millions to get civil servants free parking in Cork.
The have announced a new crime-only Courthouse will be built in Cork. Here's the thing; there's no need for it.
Anglesea Street has the District Court. As many courtrooms as judges, so no dead space, works a charm, straight across the road from a copshop. The main Cork Courthouse, on Washington Street, is uniquely suited for crime: prisoners can be brought in a secure side entrance into cells, and thence up into the dock from the cells, in either jury court. Works a charm. Judges have their own, secure, routes in and out, as do juries. It's perfect. Moreover, it's huge; last Tuesday, for example, there were three Circuit judges hearing criminal cases, two High Court judges down hearing commercial cases and a family law list on at the same time and there was still a courtroom free.
So, assuming it costs the same as the refurbishment (dragged out by civil servants, btw), what need is there to spend the cost of employing ten consultants for 25 years, or paying for an extra Circuit Court judge and High Court judge sitting permanently in Cork to use those courtrooms all year for 61 years - you know, administering justice, what courts are supposed to be for?
None. No-one has ever called for it. Except - the civil servants, poor dotes, who are in leased accommodation. The horror!
There has been no consultation on this. None.
So, why is it being done at all, throwing the leased accommodation one out for the nonsense it is? Because the plans include a car park. Where civil servants will be able to park without having to get parking discs like the rest of us.
This one needs to be shot down. It's a scandalous waste.
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