The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern T.D., today officially opened the new Finglas Garda Station in Dublin. This is the latest in a series of newly built or refurbished Garda stations which have been opened throughout the country in recent months representing a very significant investment by the Government in Garda accommodation. This investment is part of a major programme of renewal of Garda accommodation throughout the country over the last five years.

At the opening the Minister said "The completion of these stations represents just a small part of the overall modernisation and change programme within An Garda Síochána. Major investment has been and continues to be made in areas such as equipment, vehicles and telecommunications.  Chief among these is the rollout of the National Digital Radio Service with all Divisions in the Dublin Metropolitan Region successfully migrated to the new system during July of this year and nationwide rollout of the radio system on schedule for completion by the second quarter of 2011."

As part of the commitment to deliver the highest standards of policing the Garda Commissioner is currently rolling out the new model of community policing this year.  Each District Officer throughout the country has ownership of the plans and Community Policing personnel are being appointed to each area. The overall approach emphasises that community policing is not a specialised role but rather an ethos to be embedded throughout the entire Garda service.

The Minister concluded "I am delighted to be here today to open this Garda Station, a modern facility that will present a service to the local community that is welcoming, progressive and professional and I would like to thank all those involved in bringing this to fruition."

30 September 2009