Garda's projects to fight youth crime get €2.8m funding boost
Almost €3m from dormant bank accounts will fund new and existing garda projects to stop young people getting involved in crime.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it was important to safeguard youths where there was a risk they could be drawn into criminal activities.
The €2.8m from the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme will be used to expand the Garda Youth Diversion Services across the country.
Designed to prevent and tackle youth crime, the projects will get 16 additional staff to expand operations.
"There has been significant progress made in tackling youth crime over recent years," Ms Fitzgerald said.
"However, it is important to acknowledge that additional crime prevention and crime reduction efforts such as the Garda Youth Diversion Projects are needed in areas with a high level of youth crime and in areas where an increase in the youth population raises the risks of increasing levels of youth crime.
"The new funding will support An Garda Siochana in their proactive effort to work with young people to deter them from crime."
Ten areas nationwide will receive new youth diversion projects, bringing the total number in operation to 110.
New projects in Dublin will be established in Balbriggan; Donnycarney, Fairview and Clontarf; Kilbarrack Killester and Raheny; and Kilmainham.
Meanwhile, 14 existing projects will receive additional staff.
They include Ballymun (Crosscare), Blanchardstown (Foroige), Dun Laoghaire (Crosscare), Crumlin/Sundrive (BRU Youth Service), Coolock (Kilmore West Youth Service) and Rathfarnham (Foroige).
"This dormant accounts funding will enhance the range of social inclusion measures available to support young people coming to the attention of An Garda Siochana, particularly in areas of economic and social disadvantage," Ms Fitzgerald said.
"This investment in new and expanded projects right across the country demonstrates my commitment to working to prevent and reduce youth crime."