Garda Youth Diversion Projects


Garda Youth Diversion Projects are community based and supported youth development projects which seek to divert young people from becoming involved (or further involved) in anti-social or criminal behaviour. These projects facilitate personal development and social development. They present opportunities for young people to undertake actions corresponding to their own aspirations and to assume responsibilities within their local communities.

The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) operates as an executive office located in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The IYJS has responsibility for leading and driving reform in the area of youth justice, its objective is to improve delivery of youth justice services and reduce youth offending.  The Youth Crime Policy and Programmes Division of the Department of Justice and, Equality, which deals with youth crime policy, oversight and funding of the 105 Garda youth diversion projects nationwide, 4 of which are operated within Youth Work Ireland Midlands.

The IYJS is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

Fusion Tullamore


Aoife Buggy, Coordinator

O’Connor Square, Tullamore

Phone: 086 223 1858


Acorn Edenderry


Kevin Farrell, Coordinator

St. Josephs Hall, Edenderry

Phone: 046 973 2854


ALF Athlone


Eithne Fallon, Coordinator

Pump Lane, Athlone

Phone: 086 795 5323


EYE Mullingar


Joan O'Connor, Coordinator

Collumb Barracks, Mullingar

Phone: 086 372 8994