Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has said she is very happy that Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has been able to secure additional funding for Garda Text Alert Groups.
Senator Hopkins said “ I have met with a large number of people across the constituency involved in text alert groups. Hearing people describe the positivity the text alert group brings to their communities especially in improving people’s sense of security is very encouraging”.
The funding for the Community Alert Programme has been doubled to €350,000 and now incorporates a new €100,000 rebate scheme for local groups registered under the Garda Text Alert Scheme.
“This funding will help groups reduce the costs associated with running the group and circulating information. It is a strong recognition of the importance of these groups in assisting Gardai to protect their community” added Maura Hopkins.
“The multifaceted approach of increasing support for Garda txt alert groups, rapidly accelerating new Garda recruitment, increasing funding for Garda vehicles and equipment and the introduction of specific legislation to deal with repeat burglary offenders and organised gangs is all working in a definite attempt to combat crime and help make our communities safer.”
Applications can be made by contacting Muintir na Tire on 062–51163 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and completing a simple form before the end of October 2016.
Senator Hopkins concluded by saying “I am happy this funding has been made available but I will continue to encourage Tánaiste Fitzgerald to continue to increase the funding for these groups into the future.”
“Additional resources generated from our improving economy will also allow us to be proactive in continuing to increase Garda numbers and reopen Garda stations in areas identified as needing additional supports.”