The new €28m garda station at Dublin's Kevin Street has been officially opened by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

The station is set to be the new divisional headquarters in the south inner city.

It will soon have 220 people - both civilians and garda personnel - working in it.

Around 140 staff are based at Kevin Street, with a further 80 due to transfer there by the end of next month.

Mr Flanagan said the new "contemporary building design reflects the public face of the gardaí as a modern police service."

The new station replaces what was the longest-operation police station in the country, until its closure in May.

The old Kevin Street station was based in a building that was a police station since 1836. Prior to that it was a bishop's palace for 600 years.

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Minister Flanagan also outlined progress in the Government's plan to boost force numbers to 21,000 by 2021, comprising of 15,000 gardaí, 4,000 civilians and 2,000 members of the Garda Reserve.

Mr Flanagan said almost 2,000 gardaí have "been assigned to mainstream duties" since the reopening of the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in September 2014.

He added that a further 800 new gardaí will enter Templemore in 2018.