Cash to fix appearance of old Laois courthouse 'eyesore'

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Old Courthouse 'falling to decay' in Laois village needs upgrading

Cash to fix appearance of old Laois courthouse 'eyesore'

The Heritage Officer in Laois County Council has said that there is 'an amount' of money available to carry out 'some' works this year on Borris-in-Ossory Courthouse.

Heritage Officer, Catherine Casey, said this money will be used to “improve the appearance” of the building and secure the building against deterioration.  

Ms Casey responded to a notice of motion tabled by Cllr Brendan Phelan at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/ Mountmellick Municipal District meeting.

Cllr Phelan requested an update on the preservation works on the Courthouse.

“That is positive. Borris-in-Ossory was the next Courthouse to be done after Durrow. This is a start,” he said.  Cllr James Kelly added that the building is an 'eyesore'.

The old Courthouse in Borris-in-Ossory was slated as having “ugly” railings and the overall look of the building “shocked” the National Tidy Towns judges in the 2017 report.

Cllr Phelan and Cllr Kelly have tabled a number of motions at council meetings over the last year, trying to get something done with the building.

The local Tidy Towns group works hard to keep the area looking clean and tidy.

The possibility of funding to improve the appearance of the building was welcomed at the recent meeting.

Old Courthouse in Laois 'shocked' Tidy Towns judges.

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