A Planning application for the Tipperary town Courthouse and Bridewell complex to be used as a location for day services for people with disabilities was approved by the Tipperary Cahir Cashel Municipal Council today.
The planning permission for a change of use and renovations to the complex were approved with Councillor Anne Marie Ryan also calling on Tipperary County Council to work towards restoring Tipperary District Court sittings to the town. Tipperary Courthouse was constructed in 1839 and served as the District Courthouse until 2010 when the Courts Service deemed the building unfit for use. Since 2020 the Court has been sitting in Nenagh, as the Court Service says the previously used “temporary venue”, the Tipperary Excel is unsuitable for such an activity despite using it for 10 years prior to the pandemic.
Moorehaven, founded in 1981, to provide a day service for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities is to expand it’s facilities in Tipperary town to provide education, training and recreation services at the Courthouse complex if funding can be secured to deliver the proposed renovations.
Tipperary County Council will now seek funds under the next round of Rural Regeneration Development Fund(RRDF) for the Courthouse project and also the redevelopment plans for the Dan Breen House complex to provide an ETB training centre, a facility for Tipperary Youth Work Ireland and the creative community in Tipperary town and hinterlands. A decision on the funding application is expected in the Autumn.