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Pressure is growing to reopen Dublin's 'Fort Apache' station

The Lord Mayor has said not reopening the station would be “unacceptable”.

Fitzgibbon Garda (police) Station - Dublin Source: infomatique via Flickr/Creative Commons

THE GARDA COMMISSIONER is facing growing pressure to reopen a key Dublin garda station.

Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station is located in Dublin’s north inner city between Mountjoy Square and Croke Park. It was closed two years ago when the building was deemed uninhabitable.

The station had been dubbed Fort Apache due to the “challenging nature” of the area, The Herald previously reported.

A small public office remains, as the closure of the main building was seen at the time as a temporary move taken on health and safety grounds.

It is understood that gardaí still require the station for new anti-crime initiatives, however.

Garda stations Circled is the garda station currently in use, beside the now disused larger station. Source: Google Maps

There are growing calls from a large number of residents for the station to be reopened.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke, also an independent councillor for the area, said the garda commissioner has been invited to discuss this issue with councillors next month.

Burke told TheJournal.ie that senior garda management will be letting down the community if the station is not reopened.

“Locals would feel more safe and secure if they knew the station was alive and well,” he said.

“To walk away from this without fully reopening the station would be unacceptable.”

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In response to queries from Burke, the Office of Public Works (OPW) said:

The advancement of projects by the Office of Public Works is subject to funding and the priority attached to particular projects by An Garda Síochána taking into regard the Garda Capital Building Programme.

It adds that the functions served by Fitzgibbon Street are now handled by a recently refurbished Mountjoy Station.

“There are no current plans to carry out development works at Fitzgibbon Street,” the response concluded.

An Garda Síochána had not responded to queries from this website at the time of publication.

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