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Lynch welcomes decision to keep Enniskillen Courthouse

Published: 11 February, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has welcomed Justice Minister David Ford's announcement to retain Enniskillen Court House.

Mr Lynch, who is a member of the Justice Committee, said;

"I welcome the Justice Minister's decision to retain Enniskillen Court House following consultation by the Courts and Tribunals Service regarding proposals to close eight court houses in the North.

"Having considered the strong views expressed during the consultation, the Justice Minister has decided that Enniskillen Court House should be retained as a designated hearing centre which will mean that it will remain open on the 2-3 days per week that court is sitting.

"Department of Justice officials had taken on board the strong feeling of the legal fraternity, business people, Fermanagh District Council and other organisations like Women's Aid, that Enniskillen was serving a predominately rural community.

"They had also considered the extra cost of travelling from Fermanagh to Omagh, where Enniskillen Court Services were proposed to go in the consultation, the lack of public transportation, and that Fermanagh would end up the only county in the north without a court house; therefore diminishing access to justice.

"This is good news for all the stakeholders that conducted an excellent campaign during the consultation process."