15 January 2015

Fitzgerald welcomes prospect of new Garda Youth Programme for Lucan

· €2.8 million allocated nationwide for Irish Youth Justice Service Community Programmes
· New Garda Youth Diversion Projects to be established, existing programmes to benefit

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, has welcomed the use of Dormant Accounts funding for Garda Youth Diversion Projects, which will “benefit projects in the Clondalkin and Lucan areas”.

She added: “I am also confident that this increased funding will lead to a new Garda Youth Diversion Project in the Lucan area”.
Minister Fitzgerald said:

“Garda Youth Diversion Projects are community based activities which work with children. These projects aim to help children move away from potentially bad or harmful behaviour, aiming instead to develop their sense of community and their social skills through different activities.

“The projects offer opportunities for education, employment training, sport, art, music and other activities. Most projects operate outside of school hours. However, in areas with a high proportion of early school-leavers, activities may also be planned during the daytime.

 “I am delighted that the Youth Justice area will be able to provide additional supports to young people to support efforts by my Department and An Garda Síochána to reduce crime.

“The Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme will enable my Department through the community programmes schemes administered by the Irish Youth Justice Service to have a direct and important impact on the personal and social development of those young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

“These projects seek to encourage a better quality of life for everyone in local areas and to support good relations between the Gardaí and the community,” she concluded.