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Monday 5 December 2016

Taoiseach makes 'promising' visit to closed city garda station

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Taoiseach has visited a city centre garda station along with senior gardai ahead of the proposed reopening of the building. Enda Kenny was joined by Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy of the DMR North Central Division during an inspection of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station, which has been closed since 2011.

Currently it holds the Divisional Burglary Response Unit (BRU), and it is hoped that a phased reopening can begin by the end of this year.

Local Independent councillor Nial Ring said last Friday's visit by the Taoiseach was "promising" for the area and that the Fine Gael party leader has been coming to the area on a regular basis.

"The focus on community policing by the Chief Supt in the area has also been very welcome and it's been greatly received by people in the local community," said Mr Ring.

Concerns

It comes as a report sent to the North East Inner City Task Force chairman Kieran Mulvey will be considered ahead of the final report in November.

A number of concerns were raised and recommendations made surrounding key issues on health, education and crime.

The area has seen four gangland murders this year as part of the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.

The North Inner City Community Coalition highlighted key concerns from the community around criminality, with open drug dealing and "grooming of youths" by gangs in the area among key problems.

"It is reasonable to suggest that the north inner city of Dublin has seen an unprecedented rise over the last 15 years in the nature of crimes committed and on-street criminal activities," the report said.

"The nature of these criminal activities include the ongoing and increasing setup and grooming of criminal [youth] gangs, open drug dealing and intimidation."

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