As part of the Government’s new task force initiative for Dublin’s north east inner city, which includes the allocation of €1.6m to focus on the long-term development and regeneration of the area, Fitzgibbon St Garda Station is to reopen its doors.
Former Workplace Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey has been asked to prepare a report by the end of November outlining a 10-year vision for the inner city.
The iconic Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station, which was closed down almost five years ago on health and safety grounds, is located in the heart of the north inner city. The building only housed a public office as well as the Divisional Burglary Response Unit (BRU).
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who will chair the ministerial taskforce to support both the economic and social regeneration of the area, has also announced that €1m will be spent on developing sports facilities over the course of 2016.
A further €500,000 will be implemented in ‘small-scale’ investment, such as cleaning up graffiti, while another €100,000 will be used to support drug-related projects in the area.
The Taoiseach said the Government will show that “it can respond to social disadvantage, social inequality and unfairness”. He added: “Too long has the area been neglected, too long have they been left behind, too many people are suffering from the impact of drugs and drug abuse.”
He noted that the Government has set out to demonstrate the real recovery of the north inner city, through justice and the work of the Gardai, education, the initiatives of the community and the infrastructure that people need in their lives.
The announcement of the North East Inner City initiative coincides with the launch of a Special Crime Taskforce charged with tackling Dublin’s organised crime gangs. The 44-man unit will be controlled by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and will also work alongside CAB.