The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced seven new Garda Youth Diversion Projects, aimed at tackling crime among young people.
Ms Fitzgerald has also introduced a pilot mentoring service for young people who repeatedly find themselves in trouble with the law.
Three of the new projects will be based in Dublin, with two in Kildare, one in Tipperary and one in Limerick.
€1.7m is being provided for the new initiatives, which will see 42 of the existing youth diversion projects trial new mentoring services.
New youth diversion projects will be located:
* Athy, Co. Kildare
* Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
* Donnycarney/Fairview/Clontarf, Dublin City
* Kilbarrack/Killester/Raheny, Dublin City
* Naas, Co. Kildare
* Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
* Rathkeale, Co. Limerick