Minister Charlie Flanagan has today confirmed that the old Courthouse in Tuam has been approved for refurbishment.
The 180-year-old building has been vacant for about 15 years.
As the building is a protected structure, the OPW will consult with Galway County Council on the appropriate measures to be taken.
Other courthouses around the country have also been approved for refurbishment.
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon welcomed the news, and said: “The Courthouse is an important heritage structure, dating from about 1840 and many have remarked on its derelict appearance since its closure.
“The Office of Public Works will work with the Court Services to devise an appropriate design for a courthouse that will be fit for modern purpose and as the building is designated a protected structure, the OPW will consult with Galway County Council on the appropriate measures to be taken.
“This building has been part of Tuam`s heritage-scape for about 180 years and I am delighted that its refurbishment will provide the town with a fixed home for court proceedings.”