Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (121)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

121. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of places for young persons in the Garda youth diversion projects in Dublin by area; if there has been a decrease in gardaí referring young persons to these projects; if so, the reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27130/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There are currently 37 Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Dublin. Projects do not have a defined number of places and the number of young people participating in a project at any one time will depend on a number of factors, primarily on the number of referrals and the individual assessment of potential participants in terms of risk. If a project identifies that they do not have adequate resources to provide the service to their community, additional resources may be provided in support, such as additional funding for staff.

The Garda Youth Diversion Projects receive referrals from a number of sources, but primarily from the Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers. The decision to refer an individual young person to a local Garda Youth Diversion Project is an operational matter for the Garda authorities and neither I as Minister nor my Department have any involvement.

The Table below sets out the numbers of young people who engaged with the Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Dublin in 2018 per Garda District. I have asked the Garda authorities if there has been a reduction in JLO referrals and the underlying reasons for any change in trends and will revert to the Deputy directly as soon as their reply is to hand.

TABLE

Garda District

Participants

Balbriggan

33

Ballymun

83

Blackrock

17

Blanchardstown

164

Bridewell

34

Clondalkin

88

Clontarf

15

Coolock

93

Crumlin

27

Dún Laoghaire

43

Fitzgibbon Street

37

Kevin Street

98

Lucan

65

Raheny

24

Store Street

18

Tallaght

197

Grand Total

1036