140. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the current level of investment in prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce number of children coming in to contact with the law; and the cost of increasing this by 10%, 20% and 25%. [12654/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Just under €17 million has been allocated in 2016 to the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) through my Department to support the operation of youth justice community projects, primarily Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) and Young Persons Probation Projects (YPPPs).
The funding to support the GYDPs and several YPPs is part supported by the Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. The cost of increasing the allocation by 10 per cent, 20 per cent and 25 per cent would be €1,693,700, €3,387,400 and €4,234,250 respectively.
The Deputy might also wish to note that some €2.8 million additional funding has been provided in 2016 to further support a number of Garda Síochána Youth Diversion and Probation Service projects under the Dormant Accounts Scheme.