451. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the Garda community text alert scheme in the Garda R and J Districts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1380/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Garda Text Alert Scheme, which was launched in September 2013, has developed as an important crime prevention mechanism with over 500 local groups involving in excess of 100,000 subscribers and with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme. I am informed that every Garda Division, rural and urban, now offers the text alert service and An Garda Síochána have published guidelines to assist in the establishment and operation of local groups.
I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the particular localities referred to by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy directly as soon as the report is to hand.