401. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice the efforts made by an organisation (details supplied) to notify all eligible groups of the text alert rebate scheme. [49102/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The body referred to by the Deputy is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. The body administers the scheme referred to by the Deputy on behalf of the Department of Justice, however, neither I, as Minister, nor the Department play any role in the operations of the body, including efforts it makes in advertising/communicating the scheme to interested parties.
My Department has committed to a review of Community Text Alert Schemes under the Rural Development Strategy. Work on this review is at the early stages within the Department of Justice and no timescale for completion is available at present. However, it is hoped that the Schemes can be moved away from SMS text services to an app based platform in the future, and to extend access to the Schemes.
For the Deputy's information, however, the organisation publishes information on the scheme on its website, including the application process and all relevant deadlines.