Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe has announced an additional €60 million euro to be spent on reforms within the department of Justice and Equality.
The €60 million will be used to provide additional asylum accommodation, to increase the Magdalene scheme and to fund reforms within the department and the Courts Services.
Pressures on Criminal Legal Aid and on prisons will benefit.
European Anti Poverty Network Ireland (EAPN) commented on the funds being spent on asylum accommodation:
EAPN Ireland welcomes increases in payments for adults and children living in Direct Provision, let this be a positive step towards the reform of our system for those seeking asylum in Ireland. #Budget2019 https://t.co/HR4s5YgGRB
— EAPN Ireland (@EAPNIreland) October 9, 2018
An additional €60 million increase to An Garda Síochána (3.5 per cent), will allow for the recruitment of up to 800 new gardaí.
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