SPEECH BY CLLR. RICHARD BUTLER, CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL AT KILMALLOCK COURTHOUSE OPENING ON THURSDAY, 22 JULY 2010
“Minister, Members of the Oireachtas, Fellow Elected Representatives, Ladies and gentlemen, a chairde go léir,
I am delighted to join you today for the official opening of this impressive Courthouse facility, which forms part of the Kilmallock Area Office and Regional Library development.
The opening of this facility represents a positive development for the people of Kilmallock and surrounding areas, as well as those who use the court.
The finished project that you see today is testament to the project team that delivered it, while it is also in keeping with the ongoing modernisation of courts right throughout the country.
The Courthouse is an ideal example of district courthouses of the future, designed to meet the needs of this community now and in the future.
The entire Civic Precinct project here in Kilmallock is intended to reinvigorate the social and cultural life of Kilmallock, by concentrating a series of key social functions in one area.
The geographical area covered by the Courthouse, Area Office and Regional Library extends from Ballylanders on the eastern side to Ballyagran on the West of the Kilmallock Electoral Area.
It includes towns and villages such as Colmanswell, Bruree, Kilfinane, Knocklong, Galbally, Ardpatrick and Glenbrohane.
For these areas, the development of this state-of-the-art and modern Civic Precinct not only upgrades the local infrastructure, but also provides a range of important facilities and services within the community.
The services relate to water, customer and planning, while programmes such as road maintenance and housing grants are administered from here.
The facility also hosts Committee meetings of Kilmallock Electoral Area Councillors.
These facilities and services have helped to consolidate Kilmallock’s growing status as an important centre of activity in South County Limerick.
This status will be further enhanced with the completion of the new Kilmallock Fire Station later this year.
The development of these new facilities forms part of the County Council’s ongoing efforts to provide services that are immediately accessible to members of the public in communities throughout Limerick.
Limerick County Council acknowledges the significance of the new buildings in terms of their contribution to the development of Local Government services in Kilmallock and across the county.
The centralising of principal services under one roof in Kilmallock has enabled the Council to provide public services more efficiently and effectively that ever before in the Electoral Area.
If local authorities are to retain the public’s approval they must continue to demonstrate that they can improve the quality of services being delivered.
Limerick County Council is achieving this goal by providing a comprehensive range of services in various locations throughout the County.
I am aware, as are my fellow elected members, that the Council cannot rest on these achievements alone.
The local authority must continue to play a significant role in the economic and social development of this County.
The completion and official opening of this new Courthouse is evidence of the Council’s commitment to meeting this objective.
Limerick County Council is delighted to have supported the development of this wonderful Civic Precinct, which has added measurably to the local infrastructure and the level of services available to members of the public.
The civic building project has been funded by Limerick County Council, the Courts Services of Ireland, and the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.
The Main Contractor for the project is Brian McCarthy Contractors Ltd.
Special mention should also be made of the contribution of the project design team comprising ABK Architects, Davis Langdon PKS Quantity Surveyors, Michael Punch & Partners Consulting Engineers and Homan O’Brien M&E Consultants.
The quality of the facilities you have provided is a tribute to your expertise and efforts.
It is worth noting that the Civic Precinct has been named among 55 projects short-listed for this year’s Irish Architecture Award.
On that note, I would like to conclude by congratulating each and every once associated with the development of this Courthouse and adjoining facilities.
On behalf of Limerick County Council and the people of County Limerick, go raibh mile maith agaibh agus Comhgairdeas go léir. Thank you.”
CLLR. RICHARD BUTLER
CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL