Funding doubled to €10m to start regeneration of north inner city
Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the crime-hit north inner city in Dublin to confirm a doubling of funds to €10m to begin regenerating the area.
He confirmed the Government was backing the recommendations in a report compiled by Kieran Mulvey to boost the area economically and socially, and strengthen the Garda fight against drug lords and gang violence.
The old Rutland Street school building will be renovated and developed as a community hub, despite a huge increase in the estimated cost of refurbishing it, he said.
Fitzgibbon Street garda station would be reopened and 30 extra guards would take up duty in the area by the end of this year, the Taoiseach said.
Some €5m in new funds will be ring-fenced for regeneration in addition to almost €5m originally pledged to the project.
The Taoiseach said: "Until the people of this community feel safe and confident walking their own streets, feel able to let their children play outside, we will not have achieved what we need to for this community."