Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Lynch and Council Reps continue fight for courthouse

Published: 7 July, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch last week welcomed the Chairman and Chief Executive of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to Stormont to present their case in opposition to the proposed closure of Enniskillen Courthouse

The case was presented to the Justice Committee, of which Mr Lynch is a member.

Speaking after the presentation, Mr Lynch said,

"Although the consultation period is on going on the proposed closure of the courthouse, I am glad to see the people of Fermanagh and in particular the Council, have not forgotten about the severe difficulties it would bring to the area.

"During the detailed presentation, Cllr Thomas O'Reilly and Mr. Brendan Hegarty outlined the council's strong concerns in relation to the proposed closure and addressed issues such as accessibility, financial implications, the impact on the community and the impact on the local community.

""In addition to the obvious impacts on the Court's service users, the council representatives rightly raised the issue of the additional impact on groups such as the legal profession, social workers, probation staff and the PSNI, all of whom will need to factor in additional travelling time in order to attend court.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA continues,

"A number of the Court's most vulnerable Service Users receive invaluable support from

Fermanagh Women's Aid. As a charity, they raise money through fundraising activities and have estimated that the proposed move to Omagh courthouse would result in an additional cost to them of £7k per annum.

"The Council requested that the Department revisits the proposal to close the courthouse in Enniskillen in light of the significant adverse impacts on the community it serves. I will continue to fight against the proposed closure and call on all sections of the community to join together to ensure we do not lose another vital service." ENDS