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404. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice if An Garda Síochána evaluated any other models of alerting or seeking the assistance of the public by way of the Garda communications systems or developing a Garda managed application to send out alerts (details supplied). [49105/21]

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Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): My officials have been engaging with Muintir na Tíre in relation to continuing this scheme including reviewing whether newer technologies, including apps, would be appropriate for use.
The Garda authorities have advised that to date, the Garda National Community Engagement Bureau has not evaluated any other models of alerting or seeking the assistance of the public by way of the Garda communications systems.
With regard to developing a Garda managed application to send out alerts, Garda ICT have recently examined the potential of Bulk Outbound texts for community engagement. Work is ongoing between the Garda National Community Engagement Bureau and Garda ICT with regard to the progression of this application.