Roscommon council agrees to sell historic courthouse

Roscommon County Council is set to sell its portion of the historic courthouse in Roscommon town to the Courts Service for just over €240,000.

The deal is expected to be confirmed at a meeting of the local authority on October 30th, and the Courts Service intends refurbishing the listed building.

 

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The courthouse is a protected structure that was built in 1832 and is one of the landmark buildings in Roscommon town.

It’s partly owned by Roscommon County Council, while the remainder is owned by the Courts Service, where circuit and district court sittings regularly take place.

The council’s space in the building became surplus to requirements after it moved to its new civic headquarters in December 2015.

The Courts Service has since been in negotiations with the council with a view to purchasing its accommodation in the building, which was independently valued by the Valuation Office.

The Courts Service confirms it has now agreed to purchase the property for €240,800 and the transfer of legal formalities is currently under way.

It says it’s pleased with the outcome and looks forward to putting the space to good use for developing the venue with improved court facilities.

The council declined to comment, but it has written to councillors with details of the proposed sale, which they are expected to finalise at their meeting on October 30th.