On the last day of the Ploughing Championships 2016, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and
Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced a major new incentive for Text Alert Groups.
The new Text Alert Rebate Scheme, which will be administered by Muintir na Tíre, will provide increased
funding for all eligible Text Alert Groups.
Speaking as she visited the National Ploughing Championships today, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald
announced that the funding for the Community Alert programme now incorporates a new
€100,000 rebate scheme for local groups registered under the Garda Text Alert Scheme.
Under the scheme, eligible groups will receive a rebate of at least €100 towards their operating
costs. Groups can apply by completing a simple application form available at www.muintir.ie/Text-
Alert-Rebates or by contacting Muintir na Tíre before 31 October next. This scheme will be fast-
tracked with payments made before the end of the year. It will then be reviewed in early 2017.