Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1736)

James Browne

Question:

1736. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if additional funding will be provided for the pilot programme to provide free carbon monoxide alarms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34998/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

On 13th of May last I announced an initiative to support the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of elderly, isolated and vulnerable people throughout rural Ireland. Alarms will be supplied through Muintir na Tíre groups who will install them in people’s homes on a voluntary basis. I have allocated €115,000 to support this initiative through the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by my Department.

The pilot programme anticipated the installation of 2,000 Carbon Monoxide alarms. I understand that savings secured through the procurement process has enabled additional alarms to be provided within the existing budget and the scheme remains open for further applications. This funding will complement the already established Community Smoke Alarm Scheme funding so that a suite of safety measures will be available to those who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Further details are available at https://www.muintir.ie/community-development/carbon-monoxide-alarms/