Building his case: the architect behind the Criminal Courts of Justice

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

19th January, 2020
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Peter McGovern, lead architect on the Criminal Courts of Justice project and a director in the Henry J Lyons architectural practice. Picture: Fergal Phillips

It was January 2010, and Eamonn Lillis was in the dock on trial for the murder of his wife Celine Cawley. This was the first murder trial to be held at the new Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ).

At the same time, the architect whose vision had originated on a piece of paper and evolved over 15 years to become a €140 million landmark building for justice in Ireland was in the back of a taxi...

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