The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell, today announced approval in funding totalling over €225,000 for 27 local groups under the Community-based CCTV programme.

Making the announcement the Tánaiste said: "CCTV schemes are a strong deterrent in fighting crime and anti-social behaviour as well as giving communities greater peace of mind. Crime will not be defeated without the active involvement and support of local communities and I strongly believe that the Community-based CCTV programme is an excellent way to empower local people, working hand-in-hand with An Garda Síochána and local authorities to make their communities safer."

A total of €125,136 in pre-development (stage 1) grants is now approved for a total of 26 groups located throughout the country (details below). These grants will assist the groups involved to develop and submit comprehensive, high quality proposals for development funding for the capital costs of installing CCTV schemes in their local area under stage 2 of the scheme.

A capital development grant of €100,000 is also approved for the substantive proposal made by the Clonmel Community Partnership to establish a community CCTV system in Clonmel. As Clonmel is a RAPID area, the scheme benefits from matching funding of €100,000 available from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The Tánaiste launched the Community-based CCTV Scheme in 2005 to assist local groups with the capital costs of establishing community CCTV systems. Two streams of funding are available under the scheme: stage 1 pre-development grants of up to €5,000 and stage 2 development grants of up to €100,000. Matching funding to a maximum of €100,000 is available from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for successful applications from RAPID areas. Pobal were engaged by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to carry out the day to day administration of the Scheme and to carry out thorough assessments of all applications for grant aid.

17 May 2007

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