Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, has welcomed the announcement by his colleague, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, that the Courts PPP project has been signed-off on by all partners and that work can now commence on sites across the country.

This is the fourth project in the €1.4 billion PPP Stimulus Programme to reach financial close. It involves building four new courthouses and refurbishing a further three in seven different locations across the country.

BAM PPP PGGM will build, operate and maintain the buildings with construction due to commence in the New Year.

Minister Howlin said:-

“I am very pleased that we have achieved sign off on the latest PPP project. I particularly welcome the employment creation that this project will bring, with approximately 700 construction jobs expected to be created during the period of construction.

The successful completion of this procurement process illustrates the high level of investor confidence in Ireland. The NDFA was able to successfully leverage Ireland’s strong economic recovery to attract high quality investors at competitive long term rates.

I am particularly pleased that work can now begin on the long awaited new court house for Wexford, which will provide proper working conditions to all who use the courts system”.

Note to the Editor:

Courthouse Locations

The new and refurbished courthouses will be constructed at the following seven locations:

New Courthouses:

Drogheda – Wellington Quay, Drogheda, Co. Louth (site at Linenhall Street/Patrickswell Lane)

Letterkenny – High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (site of former council leisure centre)

Limerick – Mulgrave Street, Limerick City, Co. Limerick (‘Costello’s Yard’)

Wexford – Municipal Buildings, Wygram Place, Co. Wexford (former Tate School)

Refurbishments:

Waterford – Catherine Street, Waterford City, Co. Waterford

Cork – Anglesea Street, Cork City, Co. Cork

Mullingar – Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

ENDS