Dublin’s North East Inner City could be renamed, and Fitzgibbon Street garda station turned into a community policing centre, as part of a regeneration plan being prepared by the former head of the Workplace Relations Commission.
Former head of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, today updated locals from the area about the progress of the report he has been undertaking, at the request of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
“The north east inner city needs to be renamed, reimagined, rebranded. We need a better narrative,” he said, speaking at Store Street garda station.
Among the other recommendations to be made will be the transformation of Fitzgibbon Street garda station into a “centre for community policing”.
Mr Mulvey said business in the area would be expected to play its part in community development, especially in the areas of education and employment.
And he said new legislation may be needed in order to take derelict buildings out of the hands of private interests, if they refuse to develop them.
“I’m a firm believer in the principle of use it or lose it. People are more important than property,” he said.
The report, which is due to be published in full next week, was commissioned by Mr Kenny after he visited the area in the wake of a number of murders there, last July.