Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Deputy Anthony Lawlor, says that today’s announcement of an extension of the Garda Youth Diversion Projects will greatly benefit Naas and Celbridge.

“Funding of €2.8 million has been allocated by Minister France Fitzgerald for the extension of Garda Youth Projects to 10 new locations.  Naas is one of the 10 locations where a new Garda Youth Diversion Project will be implemented.  In addition to setting up new projects, 14 existing projects including the Celbridge Youth Division Project will benefit from the recruitment of additional staff.”

Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) are nationwide, community-based, multi-agency crime prevention initiatives, funded by the Dept of Justice and Equality through the Community Programmes Unit, Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS), which seek to divert young people from becoming involved in anti-social and/or criminal behaviour.

“Kildare is an area with an increasing youth population, and an increasing youth population increases the risk of youth crime.  This funding will help Gardai in their proactive effort to work with young people to deter them from crime.  There are huge social benefits in this for communities but also better outcomes for young people who are coming to the attention of An Garda Siochána.”