Plans for a new family court

Fri, Jan 5, 2024

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A quick update on the plans for a new family court on a long vacant site bounded by Church Street, Hammond Lane, Bow Street and the Luas tracks. The site used to be a Maguire & Paterson match factory and was acquired was acquired by the State in the late 1990s. I welcome the fact that plans for the new family court are being progressed.

Plans for a new family court

In November the Office of Public Works applied for planning permission to build a 19 court room facility (including mediation/support facilities and staff offices) on the site. This would be purpose-built facility for family law proceedings replacing the often unsuitable facilities used today.

A six-storey central atrium will connect the blocks on the four sides each of which are stepped in height:

Given the good public transport connections to the site there will be limited parking provided on site – 14 car spaces in the basement for court staff.

The facility will be delivered under a public-private partnership. When the planning process is completed there will be a tender process followed by a construction phase. It is expected that construction will be completed by 2028.

The standard condition applied to permissions for developments with significant construction noise is for building works to be carried out between 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and between 8.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays.

View from Church Street

View the application.

The planning application is being made under a Part 9 process. This is the process used to build courts and Garda stations. As such some of the sensitive internal details of the plan are redacted from public view for security reasons. You can view the plans yourself before 22nd January at either: Major Projects, Office of Public Works, 1GQ, George’s Quay; or The Courts Service, Phoenix House, 15/24 Phoenix Street, Smithfield. You need to make an appointment by emailing or