Supreme Court To Sit In Limerick For The First Time

Supreme Court To Sit In Limerick For The First Time
Tuáthla Lucey
Tuáthla Lucey

5 Mar 2018

The Supreme Court will make history when it sits in Limerick on Monday for the first time.

The three-day sittings represent only the second time the court has sat outside Dublin in its 87-year history.

It previously sat in Cork in 2015.

The court will hear two appeals related to planning issues during its sittings until Wednesday at the new Criminal Courts of Justice on Mulgrave Street.

Eight Supreme Court judges will travel to Limerick for the occasion, to be marked by an address by the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, at the courthouse on Monday morning.

A five-judge court, comprising the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley and Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan, will then hear an appeal raising issues concerning the obligations of An Bord Pleanála to give reasons for its decisions.

A spokesman for the courts services said:

“The new Limerick Criminal Courts of Justice are built beside, but separate from, Limerick Prison. Conventions dictate that they should be separate in terms of curtilage and management - but that there can be a means of secure access between them.

“When designing the new Courts, the Courts Service suggested and offered to the Prison Service, such secure and direct access to the new complex. The Prison Service declined this offer at planning and building stages - for logistical reasons related to security and health and safety."