In a statement to Northern Sound, the Court Service has confirmed its decision to move all sittings – resulting in people having to travel longer journeys from West Cavan to the county town for court.
It’s been mixed news for the future of court services in Cavan and Monaghan over the past few days.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Virginia District Court will remain open, a building which hears half of Co Cavan’s court cases every year.
Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council Paddy O’Reilly received the news in a letter from Brendan Ryan, CEO of the Court Service.
However, sittings will no longer be heard in Ballyconnell District Court – they’ll be transferred to Cavan town instead.
Local councillors say this move will be bad for businesses in Ballyconnell, and will also impact people from West Cavan who will have to travel into the town for a court sitting.
In county Monaghan, there are still no updates on the future of Clones District Court.
Negative impact on local business
A west Cavan Councillor says the decision to withdraw sittings from Ballyconnell District Court will have a negative impact on business in the town.
The Court Service has confirmed that all cases will now be heard in Cavan town instead.
Councillor John Paul Feeley says the decision to uproot this service doesn’t come as a surprise as the criteria to keep the courts open was never in favour of district courts like Ballyconnell.
He’s claiming the criteria was only drawn up to justify closures rather than put forward an objective viewpoint.
Councillor John Paul Feeley, who is also a local solicitor, told today’s News90 it’s a bad day for west Cavan.
Fine Gael’s Peter McVitty also spoke earlier on News90 and says the removal of this service doesn’t make any sense.