Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said that the fact Balbriggan is to receive a new Garda Youth Diversion Project will greatly benefit the local community.
“I am pleased that the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced that Balbriggan is to receive a new Garda Youth Diversion Project which will see a greater allocation of resources to An Garda Síochána in Balbriggan. Garda Youth Diversion Projects undertake valuable work in local communities throughout the country in deterring young people from becoming involved in criminal activity and tackling existing levels of youth crime.
“The allocation of a Garda Youth Diversion Project to Balbriggan will support Gardaí in their proactive effort to work with young people and ensure they do not become involved in crime. €2.8 million is being invested by the Government to facilitate the expansion of these services throughout the country, and Balbriggan is one of 10 new locations to receive funding for the establishment of these services in the area.
“This investment shows the Government’s continued commitment to tackling, and preventing crime while also supporting the hard-working men and women of An Garda Síochána in carrying out their duties. Having recently met with Chief Superintendent Finbarr O’Brien and local Garda Station Inspectors, I have discussed with them, in great detail, the pressing need for additional resources within our community. I will continue to actively engage with Minister Fitzgerald, and the Department of Justice and Equality, to ensure that further resources are allocated to the North County.”