Two million euros in funding has been allocated to 22 community safety projects today by the Department of Justice.
The funding comes from the monies seized from criminals by the Criminal Assets Bureau.
There was no successful application from County Tipperary for the scheme which is in it’s first year.
124 applications were received by the June 8th closing date. The funding has been increased to €3 million next year.
The 22 community projects are to receive grants between €5,000 – €150,000 – ideas range from safety warden roles to street ambassadors to community resilience booklets to responding to domestic violence.
The announcement comes as the Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a search operation in Counties Donegal, Limerick and Cork on Friday last targeting a Limerick based Organised Crime Gang(OCG).
The operation was conducted by Bureau Officers, supported by the Southern Regional Armed Response Unit and Gardaí from Donegal and Limerick.
Searches were conducted in five separate locations and resulted in the seizure of the following 1 Rolex Watch, €8,900 in cash at the Limerick search site, €14,000 in cash at the Cork search site and documents and conveyance files.
Garda describe the operation as being a significant development in the overall CAB proceeds of crime investigation which will now target assets including properties linked to this OCG. No arrests were made.