Editor's Viewpoint: Crumlin Road Courthouse, a Landmark ready to court different type of visitor
Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast is one of the city's most iconic buildings and plans to turn it into a hotel could save it from total dereliction. Since closing in 1998 it has been damaged by arsonists, as well as subjected to normal decay.
It is an important building to preserve, at least in part, and the main courtroom is to become a centrepiece if the plans are realised. This is one of three hotels planned for the city over the next two years by a Liverpool man keen to invest in Northern Ireland's tourism boom. There is a sense of irony that a place where formerly no one ever wanted to appear could one day have paying guests queuing up to get in.