Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has urged the Minister for Justice to initiate a Justice YouthDiversion Programme in Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

The Dublin North West Area Partnership recently discussed the issues with young people and anti-social behaviour which have emerged in the area in recent times.

Commenting following the partnership’s meeting, board member Mary Fitzpatrick said, “Juvenile crime has become a growing problem in our area over recent months and is in need of attention.

“As one of the founder of the Justice Youth Diversion Programme in Cabra, I have witnessed first-hand the important impact that a community based, multi-agency, youth crime prevention initiative has on diverting young people away from crime.

“The DNWAP is more than willing to playing an active role in either initiating and or supporting the provision of a Justice Youth Diversion Project in our community.

“Our CEO, Michael Bowe has written to the Irish Youth Justice Service on the board’s behalf to request that the Department review this proposal to establish a Justice Youth Diversion Project in D9.

“I do hope that this will be strongly considered and looked at favourably by the Minister so that young people in our area can be supported to pursue a life away from anti-social behaviour and crime.

“When there are projects that can properly facilitate young people’s personal development, improve their prospects and promote civic responsibility, they should be utilised in communities across the country struggling with anti-social issues,” she concluded.