Government funding for Garda text alert groups will help prevent crime in Clare, according to Fine Gael TD Joe Carey.

“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, “ he explained.

“This funding will go directly to local groups and I would encourage text alert groups here in Clare to apply to Muintir na Tire for the rebate as soon as possible but by the end of October at the latest.

“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.

“Fine Gael is committed to prioritising community crime prevention schemes, including text alert, and this new funding is a tangible example of that, Deputy Carey said.

“The Gardaí have made huge progress since the launch of Operation Thor last year and we have seen a reduction of a third in burglaries nationwide. We now have specific legislation to deal with repeat burglary offenders and particularly the organised gangs who have targeted many rural communities here in Clare and across Ireland.

“Fine Gael remains fully committed to providing An Garda Síochána with the means to continue to face down criminals and protect communities. Our party is committed to supporting communities across Ireland and I am committed to ensuring that the support is felt here in Clare,” he concluded.

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