The state of dereliction of the once splendid Crumlin Road courthouse should be a matter of shame. While the building has been targeted by arsonists, it should never have been open to such attacks or left vulnerable for the past 20 years.
Just across the road is an example of how the building could have been put to use in the tourism industry. The Crumlin Road Gaol, which is linked to the courthouse by an underground tunnel, is a visitor attraction showing off its sometimes grisly history but also hosting arts events.
There are plans to develop the courthouse as a hotel, but sadly there is little of the building which could be saved.