Kennedy voices fears over closure of courthouse

Councillor Danny Kennedy.
Councillor Danny Kennedy.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has expressed fears that the Department of Justice is poised to announce the closure of Armagh Court House.

Mr Kennedy said, “I have recently received information which suggests that later this week the Department of Justice will announce the closure of Armagh Court House. There is no doubt in my mind that this would be a retrograde step, given the strategic importance of the building in Armagh City, the important service it provides to the region and the aesthetic value of the building itself.

“It is a landmark building in Armagh City centre and has been the subject of several terrorist attacks. Furthermore, it has also undergone major refurbishment and renovation in recent years at considerable cost.

“I will be demanding that the Minister urgently reviews any closure decision given the significant widespread political and community support for the retention of this iconic building and the service it provides in Armagh.”