Updated: 28/09/16 : 05:49:08
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TD and Councillor welcome doubling of Text Alert funding

Fine Gael TD, for Sligo-Leitrim Tony McLoughlin and Sligo Councillor Dara Mulvey, have both welcomed the announced new funding for Garda Text Alert Groups, which will help support crime prevention in Co Sligo and Co Leitrim.

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced 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 and this funding will greatly help local Text Alert  groups here in County Sligo.

This funding will go directly to local groups here in Sligo and Leitrim.

Both Fine Gael politicians have encouraged Text Alert groups here to apply to ‘Muintir na Tire’ for the rebate as soon as possible and at the latest by the end of October 2016.  
 
Text Alert Groups are a great crime prevention initiative.They are wonderful example of people working with their local Gardai to protect and support their community.

The Gardai have made huge progress since the launch of Operation Thor last year and a reduction of one third in burglaries nationwide has been seen.

Specific legislation is now in place to deal with repeat burglary offenders and particularly the organised gangs who have targeted many rural communities across Ireland.

Applications can be made by completing a simple form which is available at http://muintir.ie/Text-Alert-Rebates/ or on request from rebates@muintir.ie or by calling Muintir na Tire on 062–51163.