The United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough have said the future use of St George and St Thomas Church in Dublin city centre is still under active consideration by the dioceses. 

It comes after Church of Ireland Parishioners requested an emergency meeting to "return" of the church to its members. 

Earlier this month, parishioners of St George and St Thomas' Church on Cathal Brugha Street said they discharged the administration of the Parish "in good faith" to the Diocesan Councils of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in 2017. 

However, they expressed shock that four years on, the Church remained closed, despite assurances that the Parish would be "re-structured to enable and release a fresh expression of Parish ministry for the promotion of the Gospel". 

In a statement, the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough say that on 15 January, 2017, the Select Vestry (the parish's elected management committee) agreed a resolution that the parish be amalgamated with another parish. 

It says the amalgamation involved the name of the parish being incorporated into that of the receiving parish. 

The statement notes that following the closing service for the parish on 24 April, 2017, pastoral care of the parishioners was taken over by the Parish of Drumcondra and North Strand. 

In his sermon at the closing service, Archbishop Michael Jackson said: "There is every intention on the part of the diocese to find a new use within the Church of Ireland and within the dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough for the very beautiful church building that is St George's and St Thomas’ Church."

The statement says that in the intervening four years, the care of the building has been undertaken by an oversight committee and the staff of the diocesan office.

It concludes that the future use of the church building is still under active consideration by the dioceses.

The church, which is located on Cathal Brugha Street, replaced St Thomas's Church on Marlborough Street after it was destroyed in a fire during the Irish Civil War.

In the 1960's the parish of St Thomas merged with the parish of St George.

In 1990, the church was renamed the Church of St Thomas and St George.