Additional funding for local text alert groups

Additional funding for local text alert groups
Sam Matthews @SamAMatthewsKP

New funding has been announced for Garda Text Alert Groups which will help support crime prevention in Kilkenny.

Cllr Peter 'Chap' Cleere has welcomed the recent announcement that 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.

Cllr Cleere said some of the funding will go directly to groups here in Kilkenny.

“I would encourage Text Alert groups here in Kilkenny to apply to Muintir na Tire for the rebate as soon as possible and at the latest by the end of October, 2016,” he said.

“Text Alert Groups are a great crime prevention initiative. They are wonderful example of people working with their local gardaí to protect and support their community. Fianna Fail have campaigned vigorously to prioritising community crime prevention schemes, including Text Alert, and this new funding is a tangible example of that.

“The Gardaí have made huge progress since the launch of Operation Thor last year and we have seen a reduction of one third in burglaries nationwide.”

Applications can be made by completing a simple form available at or on request from or by calling Muintir na Tire on (062 ) 51163.