The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D., today announced the approval of grant funding for two projects under the Community-based CCTV Scheme.

Two awards of funding totalling €300,000 are being made to projects in Navan, County Meath (€100,000) and St. Teresa’s Gardens, Dublin (€200,000). The development grants will allow these local groups to install and operate their own systems under the guidance of the Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána. 

Making the announcement the Minister said: "In supporting the work of An Garda Síochána, CCTV schemes have an important role to play in counteracting criminal and anti-social behaviour.  They can also afford a greater peace of mind to communities. The Community-based CCTV programme is an excellent way to engage local people and community interests to work in partnership with An Garda Síochána to enhance community safety and security.  The support of communities is essential if society in tackling crime.

A major community regeneration project is underway at St. Teresa’s Gardens and a community CCTV system, jointly funded by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform and the Department of Community, Rural and Gealtacht Affairs, will help underpin that regeneration effort in making the community a safer and better place to live."

27 November 2007

Note to Editors

The Community-based CCTV Scheme, launched in 2005, is designed to provide financial assistance to qualifying local organisations towards meeting the capital costs associated with establishing local community CCTV systems.  There are two streams of funding available under the scheme: a pre-development grant to enable local communities to prepare and submit proposals and substantive capital grants for fully developed proposals. The grants are provided by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and, where successful applications are from RAPID areas, matching funding is provided by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.  Pobal administers the Scheme on behalf of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  Pobal will continue to monitor progress on behalf of the Department.  The exact amount of funding in each case will be determined between Pobal and the Groups themselves.