CCTV schemes to get more than €1m


Thirty-seven communities have been granted more than €1 million in funding by the Department of Justice for new CCTV community schemes.

Thirteen communities which are due to receive funding are ready to begin installing the systems. They are to receive maximum grants of up to €100,000 each.

A further 24 communities are in the preliminary stages of planning and are to receive smaller sums which will enable them to progress to installation stage next year.

There is just one location in Dublin city or county - Corduff in Blanchardstown - among the list of 13 places ready to begin installing the new systems.

Nine communities in Dublin in the planning phase are in line for small grants.

Any location designated as "Rapid" will receive a grant from the Department of Justice, which will be matched by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

These communities will each receive grants worth up to €200,000.

"Rapid" areas are those classified as disadvantaged and earmarked by the Government for special investment and development.

The CCTV scheme was launched by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell last June to provide grants to communities to install security systems to increase public safety and reduce crime.

The scheme provides 70 per cent funding for the cameras, to a maximum of €100,000.

The community group must raise at least 15 per cent, and the remainder can be sought from public bodies, including local authorities such as county councils.

The groups must meet the running costs of the system for at least five years and must have the support of the local authority to act as "data controller".

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the final funding details for each project had not been agreed.