272. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding allocated to the Irish Youth Justice Service in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25537/19]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Deputy will be aware that the Irish Youth Justice Service is comprised of co-located staff of my Department and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. My Department currently funds some 106 local Garda Youth Diversion Projects and the following table sets out the position in relation to these specific projects as sought by the Deputy.

Funding provided for Garda Youth Diversion Projects from 2015 to 2018 (expenditure) and 2019 (allocation)

Year Funding
2015 €11.3 million
2016 €13 million
2017 €13.3 million
2018 €13.7 million
2019 €15.3 million