Judges protest at unacceptable working conditions in court buildings at Kilmainham and Dun Laoghaire.

District Justice Gillian Hussey has adjourned all court hearing at Kilmainham Courthouse in Dublin over the general state of the building. She will not hold court there again until the improvements have been carried out.

The building is under the control of Dublin County Council and an investigation is underway into a long list of complaints. Justice Hussey complained of rats in her private rooms, fungus spreading throughout the entire courthouse, and cold, miserable conditions in the prison cells. 

Despite the fact that the Rodent Unit of the Eastern Health Board were in earlier in the week, there are still mice in the building. The County Council has plans for a major repaint of the building to deal with graffiti.

In Dun Laoghaire courthouse, conditions are also poor. District Justice Hubert Wine said he would also refuse to hold court unless conditions were improved. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 November 1988. The reporter is Kevin McDonald.