· Allocation of €2.8 million to Irish Youth Justice Service Community Programmes

· New Garda Youth Diversion Projects to be established at additional locations through the country

· Funding for enhanced supports and initiatives for victims of crime

19 December 2014


Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today announced funding under the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme to the Irish Youth Justice Service Community Programmes managed by her Department.

The Minister said this new funding would enhance the range of social inclusion measures available to support young people, particularly in areas of economic and social disadvantage.

Minister Fitzgerald said: “I am delighted that the Youth Justice area will be able to provide additional supports to young people in marginalised communities to support efforts by my Department and An Garda Síochána to reduce crime.”

There will be €2.8 million available to the Irish Youth Justice Service Community Programmes to support a number of proposals, including the establishment of new Garda Youth Diversion Projects at additional locations around the country.

The locations for new projects will be selected on the basis of various factors including increases in the youth population and/or levels of youth crime. The Minister will make further announcements on the new projects in the new year.

The funding will also support the employment of additional youth justice workers in existing Garda Youth Diversion Projects requiring resources, and the development of enhanced interventions to support young people coming to the attention of An Garda Síochána.

The Minister stated: “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.”

In addition, the Minister announced an allocation of €233,000 under the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme to a number of initiatives to support the victims of crime, including:

- The Crime Victims Helpline has been funded to run awareness raising measures in relation to the helpline. The helpline provides information, emotional support and onward referral to face to face support services to victims of crime.

- Victim Support at Court provides court accompaniment services to victims of serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, attempted murder and tiger kidnapping in Dublin. The provision of dormant funds money will permit that service to expand its services beyond Dublin.

“These are just two of number of initiatives I intend to pursue in 2015 to greatly strengthen the rights of victims in our criminal justice system. Other initiatives planned for 2015 include legislation to implement the EU Victims Directive and the establishment of a Victims Support Office in every Garda division.”

“There are also plans to allocate additional funding to organisations supporting victims of crime, which have plans for new, expanded or improved services in 2015".