The Department of Justice has announced an expansion of Garda Youth Diversion Projects to ten new locations around Ireland and will include Nenagh, here in north Co. Tipperary. Half of the new locations named are in Co. Dublin, with two in Kildare and one each in Limerick, Cork and Tipperary .
Garda Youth Diversion Projects are all community based and are targeted to support youth development projects which seek to divert young people away from becoming either involved, or indeed further involved, in anti-social and criminal conduct.
Some €2.8m is to be now allocated from the existing ‘Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme’ and 16 additional workers nationally will now be appointed to expand on already existing projects.
The new funding announced today will further support An Garda Síochána in their continuing proactive efforts to work closely with young people; while the funding released will enhance a range of social inclusion measures available to support young people, latter coming to the attention of An Garda Síochána, particularly in areas of economic and social disadvantage, thus deterring young people from involving themselves in criminal activities.