Inner-Dublin regeneration plan to be acted on, Taoiseach says

Kieran Mulvey report recommended three-year programme after gangland shootings

Scoil Uí Chonaill: Enda Kenny presents medals to young members of the GAA club, who played St Laurence O’Toole at the club’s new facilities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scoil Uí Chonaill: Enda Kenny presents medals to young members of the GAA club, who played St Laurence O’Toole at the club’s new facilities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government will act on the advice of a report it commissioned to help regenerate Dublin’s north inner city.

The document, put together by the former Workplace Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey, recommended a three-year action plan.

Speaking at the opening of Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA club’s new facilities in Clontarf in Dublin, where he presented medals to young players, Mr Kenny said: “We’ve a special interest in seeing an area that was neglected, that was left behind . . . and where difficult things have happened in the past . . . be brought right up to the centre.”

He added: “Isn’t that the same issue that applies across Europe in many cases, where people were forgotten and left behind? We don’t want to see Scoil Uí Chonaill, the club or the children who are part of it, in any way left behind.”

Mr Mulvey also recommended reopening Fitzgibbon Street Garda station, increasing Garda presence and helping to create jobs. The report was commissioned after a number of gangland shootings.

The Taoiseach also said that the Government will keep investing in sport. “As the engine of the economy continues to improve, this is an area where Government will continue to support voluntary effort throughout the country, across the entire spectrum of sport, because it’s so important.”