28 May 2022

Judge expresses hope that Buncrana courthouse will reopen soon

Court hearings have been held at Letterkenny courthouse since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic

Buncrana Courthouse

Buncrana Courthouse

Court hearings could return to Buncrana courthouse in the near future.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, sittings of Buncrana District Court have been held at Letterkenny courthouse.

Letterkenny District Court, Carndonagh District Court and Falcarragh District Court sittings all take place in Letterkenny.

The courthouse in Carndonagh was closed in March 2019 and it is estimated that it could take €150,000 to properly refurbish.

With Covid-19 restrictions being eased, there are hopes that Buncrana courthouse could see its doors reopened again.

Judge Alan Mitchell addressed the matter at the latest sitting of Buncrana District Court.

Adjourning a case to a date in December, Judge Mitchell said: “I hope that you’re all back to Buncrana by that stage.

“It not, it will be ominous for Buncrana as a court venue. Everything then would be put into the plush surroundings of Letterkenny.”

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