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381. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when full funding will be restored to an organisation (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12930/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that my Department has responsibility for Community Programmes, Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) which funds 100 Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) nationwide. The organisation concerned has received funding from Community Programmes to manage a GYDP from 2008 to date as follows:

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
€79,500
€92,289
€113,230
€108,746
€105,234
€105,234
€105,234

There was an increase in funding in 2009 and 2010 as a result of Community Programmes securing ESF funding for the employment of additional youth justice workers in GYDPs to work with young people to improve their education and employment prospects. An additional worker was employed in the GYDP concerned from September 2009. Despite the difficult economic climate, which required across-the-board reductions in funding to GYDPs, funding to this organisation has now been maintained without further cutback since 2012. This is equivalent to a 32% increase in funding in the period 2008-2014.