20 people in Kerry affected by failures in Garda Youth Diversion programme

20 people in Kerry have been affected by failures in the Garda Youth Diversion programme.

Yesterday it was revealed that 3,500 children nationally got away with committing almost 8,000 crimes, including serious crimes, over a seven-year period.

At this morning’s Joint Policing Committee meeting, Superintendent of the Tralee Garda Division Dan Keane informed members of the number of victims in Kerry.

Yesterday’s report showed the juvenile offenders, the majority of whom were already known to gardaí, should have been prosecuted, but were not.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said the work of 3,400 gardaí is being examined by chief superintendents to see whether or not disciplinary measures are required.

Tralee Superintendent Dan Keane, who addressed today’s JPC meeting, says those affected in Kerry have been identified.

He says registered letters of apology have been signed by district officers and should be delivered to the 20 victims today.

Superintendent Keane adds, however, the number affected in Kerry is relatively low when compared with national figures.

The Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division, Tom Myers, was absent from today’s meeting as he is meeting with Commission Drew Harris today.