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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Garda museum to finally open after months of legal wrangling

Noirin O’Sullivan (centre) at the museum’s official opening
Noirin O’Sullivan (centre) at the museum’s official opening

The Garda Museum in Dublin Castle is finally set to open to the public after an eight-month legal row.

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan officially opened the museum last December, but the exhibits have been gathering dust behind closed doors.

Mystery surrounds who was involved in the dispute, and what it was about, with no one wanting to comment.

Dublin Castle is run by the Office of Public Works (OPW), which would be the landlord of the museum, which is run by An Garda Siochana.

Spat

Directors of the Dublin Castle gift shop, which is next to the museum, would not comment on whether they were embroiled in the spat.

The garda press office said that, following the "resolution of legal issues", the force was now in a position to open the museum to the public.

"Minor works will be completed in the near future, at which time it is anticipated the museum will be opened to the public on a phased basis," said a spokesman.

Signs placed at the entrance to the museum when it was officially opened have been removed in recent months after staff in the castle gift shop were repeatedly asked by visitors where the museum was and why it was closed.

However, the location of the museum is shown on the map at the entrance to the castle.

It is now hoped that visitors will soon be able to finally see the unique exhibits that include uniforms and helmets as well as guns and batons used by the force through the two centuries of policing in Ireland. The museum uses the blue and yellow garda traffic corps colours and lighting to illuminate a walkway through a series of screens and display cases that make up the exhibits.

Among the exhibits on display are uniforms, equipment and weaponry, as well as an old garda bicycle.

The work of the specialised units, such as forensics, the mounted unit, air support and the water division are also covered.

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