5 May 2016

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today welcomed the announcement by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government of the adoption of the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2016.

Minister Fitzgerald stated: “The additional Dormant Accounts funding to be made available will allow my Department to support very worthwhile youth justice community based projects and to carry out essential capital works at two locations from which a number of youth justice projects operate. The roll-out of the services involved will be managed by the Irish Youth Justice Service”.

The €1.57m to be provided for youth justice initiatives from the Dormant Accounts Fund under the 2016 Action Plan are additional to monies already made available to the Department under the 2014 Action Plan. The 2016 funding will support the following additional activities:

· major refurbishment works to the premises occupied by the Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) and the Young Persons Probation Project (YPP) in Moyross, Co. Limerick.

· the re-development of the Candle Community Trust campus in Ballyfermot from which a Young Persons Probation Project operates;

· the expansion of the Garda Youth Diversion Project service by providing additional youth justice workers to Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services and an additional Youth Justice Worker to the MOST GYDP in inner city Dublin;

· the recruitment of a QQI FETAC Co-ordinator to ensure the provision of a wide range of FETAC accredited training and the delivery of a quality assured bespoke programme in the Midland Regional Youth Service's GYDPs

· the development of a Community Garden Project by Cabra for Youth Ltd. based on social inclusion and integration

· the provision of a community minibus for the use of the SWAN Garda Youth Diversion Project based in North inner-city Dublin.

The Minister added that “this additional investment further demonstrates my commitment to working with An Garda Síochána to prevent and reduce youth crime and to provide support to the community based organisations who provide such essential support to our efforts.”

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Note for Editors
The Dormant Accounts Act 2001, together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003 and the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Acts 2005-2012, provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings. The legislation introduced a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed but only for the purposes of programmes or projects to assist the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged, the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or persons with a disability.

In accordance with the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act 2012, a new Disbursement Scheme was approved by Government in December 2013. A Disbursements Scheme outlines the strategic objectives under the main themes and lists the implementation processes under which moneys may be disbursed from the Dormant Accounts Fund for the next three years.

The 2012 Act also provides for the preparation of an Action Plan, to be prepared annually by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to give effect to the Scheme. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government adopted a Dormant Accounts Action Plan on 12 April 2016, in order to implement the Scheme. The adopted Plan contains a listing of the programmes or measures under the Dormant Accounts Fund, detailing the maximum amounts of moneys that can be funded under each specific measure.