Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Ceisteanna (326)

Jackie Cahill


326. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding sources available for community crime prevention organisations, including social enterprises (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12177/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I understand that An Garda Síochána has been very supportive of property marking. I am informed that there are strong indications that, where it is used, it acts as a deterrent and enables more efficient identification of stolen property in order to reunite it with its owner.

And so I fully appreciate the value of the type of action referred to by the Deputy, namely marking of property. Whatever method is used, I would encourage people to mark their property - be it farm machinery, bicycles, computers or other personal property - and to consider the advantages of using a unique identifier - such as Eircode - in doing so.

In so far as community funding is concerned, my Department provides funding to Muintir na Tíre for purposes including the Text Alert / Community Alert groups nationwide.

I understand that more substantial community funding is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Further information may be available from that Department in that regard.

Finally, I understand further, from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, that if the entity referred to by the Deputy has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, they may be eligible for the SBCI COVID-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme. This scheme provides for working capital loans for businesses, including non-profit organisations, at competitive interest rates. Further information on the scheme can be found at the SBCI website: https://sbci.gov.ie/