Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (277)

Niamh Smyth


277. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the CCTV applications that were submitted in respect of towns and villages in counties Cavan and Monaghan will be approved and awarded funding. [30045/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

CCTV systems installed for the purposes of crime prevention and as aids to policing in areas to which the general public routinely have access fall into two distinct but complementary categories, namely Garda CCTV systems and community-based CCTV systems.

Community CCTV is governed by section 38(3)(c) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (CCTV) Order 2006 (SI No 289 of 2006). This legal framework requires that any proposed community CCTV scheme must:

- be approved by the local Joint Policing Committee,

- have the prior support of the relevant local authority, which must also undertake to act as data controller and

- have the authorisation of the Garda Commissioner.

This is the legal basis for all community CCTV schemes and these key legal requirements have not changed since 2006.

A grant aid scheme is administered by my Department to support proposed CCTV schemes which meet these legal requirements.  I can confirm that I have received one application from Monaghan County Council and one application from Ballyjamesduff Community, County Cavan. Both applications are currently being assessed against the criteria of the scheme and my officials will revert to the individuals concerned shortly.

The grant aid scheme remains open for applications in 2019.  I am keen to ensure that all interested groups, in both rural and urban areas, have the opportunity to take advantage of the availability of the grant aid scheme.  Further details are available to download from my Department's website - www.justice.ie - and support and guidance is available to help interested groups through a dedicated email address, communitycctv@justice.ie.