New burglary division plans for Fitzgibbon Street garda station
FITZGIBBON Street Garda Station will house a new burglary division as residents continue to seek its restoration to a full station.
The north inner city station was closed in 2011 due to health and safety fears and the 110 gardai serving the area were moved to nearby Mountjoy.
Now the Herald understands that plans are progressing to locate a burglary division there that will serve the inner city area.
However, An Garda Siochana declined to comment on these plans because of "operational reasons".
Local residents have consistently campaigned to have the station rennovated and returned to full operational use.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke told the Herald that not re-opening the station would be "unacceptable".
"We want to see a plan for the station's refurbishment complete with a start and finish date," he said.
"One thing that the community will not tolerate is the total closure of the station as it's needed in the area."
At a recent meeting people living in the catchment area of the station raised concerns about a perceived lack of garda on the streets since its closure.
At the moment there is one garda working in an office annexed to the main building who is on hand to deal with members of the public.