Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the Government's funding support for community text alert schemes to help prevent crime in Leitrim.
“Community groups working to prevent crime in can now apply for funding under the 2018 Text Alert Rebate Scheme, to assist them in their work. €150,000 has been made available to local communities across Ireland by my party colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.
“This scheme allows Text Alert Groups registered with An Garda Síochána to apply for a rebate towards the costs associated with running their local Text Alert Scheme.
“This initiative has developed as an important crime prevention mechanism with over 600 local groups across the country involving in excess of 120,000 subscribers and with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme.
“It’s an efficient way of tackling crime, allowing Gardaí to provide crime prevention information to community contacts who in turn forward the information to all members of a community group.
“Last year saw payments made under the rebate scheme almost double to €125,000 paid out to almost 450 groups. The majority of Text Alert Groups who applied in 2017 received a rebate of between €200 and €350 to assist them in their work, and I would encourage even more groups to apply for the funding this year.
“The Scheme will be operated by Muintir na Tíre again this year and details of how to apply are now available on their website www.muintir.ie."