James Browne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, has announced an extension of the Text Alert Rebate Scheme saying “Community Text Alert is an excellent example of partnership between An Garda Síochána and the community. My Department is happy to continue to support community groups in the excellent work they do through this programme”.

The grant will continue to be administered by Muintir na Tíre. Under the scheme, eligible groups will receive a rebate of up to  €350 towards their operating costs. Groups can apply by completing a simple application form available at www.muintir.ie/TextAlert-Rebates or by contacting Muintir na Tíre before 31 January next.

Muintir na Tíre CEO, Niall Garvey, welcomed the announcement and the continuing support. He said “Text Alert has been a phenomenal success in preventing crime. Muintir na Tíre, in partnership with An Garda Síochána, has rolled this programme out to over 1,000 local community groups, mainly Community Alert groups.”

He commented that a recent survey of groups by Muintir found that 95% of groups felt Community Text Alert was relevant and useful to their communities. He urged any communities who are not already operating the programme through a Community Alert or Neighbourhood Watch group to contact Muintir na Tíre for help in forming such a group. The programme was particularly important during the COVID pandemic in enabling communities to stay in touch with each other and with emergency supports.

In conclusion Muintir na Tire President, Jackie Meally, said “Community Alert, and Text Alert, represent the most positive way communities can prevent crime and increase safety in their areas. Since it was launched at the Ploughing Championships in 2013, Text Alert has developed incredibly to involve over 200,000 subscribers with an estimated 3 million text messages sent in the last year.”

He said “we look forward to continuing this positive partnership with An Garda Síochána and the Department of Justice.”