554. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of establishing a new Garda youth diversion project; and the estimated full year running cost of any such a project. [25702/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The full year running costs of a Garda Youth Diversion Project will vary between projects and is dependent on several factors including location, catchment area and the number of participants. The most recently established GYDPs which were set up in 2015, were allocated a maximum annual budget of €125,000 each. This included any costs that may be associated with the establishment of the project.
In 2017, my Department provided €13,290,518 in grant funding which covered the full year costs of 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects operating nationwide. A further €1,372,178 in grant funding was provided to support a range of other activities, including project work relating to Local Drugs Task Forces, pilot mentoring initiatives and measures to support training and best practices.