Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced the allocation of capital funding for further PPP projects in respect of An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service.
The Minister sets-out the strategic objectives for the planned investment in the Justice sector as outlined in the Government Capital Plan 2016-21.
Minister Fitzgerald stated:
"This allocation demonstrates this Government's commitment to investing in 21stCentury policing, by ensuring An Garda Síochána have the vehicles and technology to be effective, mobile and responsive to prevent and tackle crime in both urban and rural communities."
"This investment will also finally ensure appropriate state-of-the-art facilities where family law cases can be heard through the construction of a new state-of-the-art Family & Children's Court complex at Hammond Lane in Dublin."
In total, €875 million (US$977 million) in capital funding has been allocated to the Justice sector with further approval and funding for public-private partnership projects:
Additionally, Minister Fitzgerald has confirmed that funding is being provided to the Irish Prison Service to complete the elimination of slopping out in the prisons estate, with funding provided for essential building works, including the completion of Limerick Prison and refurbishment work at E Block in Portlaoise.
The Minister concluded:
"These investments will deliver significant improvement to the way public services are delivered in the Justice sector and all the projects will be subject to robust governance and oversight."