Ballymun and Glasnevin Dublin City Councillor Noel Rock is “delighted” that text alerts are to be rolled out in Ballymun and Glasnevin. Speaking on the issue, Councillor Noel Rock said: “As a Peace Commissioner, I constantly liaise with local Gardai on a variety of issues and have been pushing for an expansion of crime prevention text alerts for over a year now. In fact, in the recent local elections, I made it one of my three key priorities, so I am glad they have confirmed this evening the upcoming launch of the Ballymun and Glasnevin text alert schemes”.

Councillor Rock continued: “Having had this issue raised both locally in crime forums and in the Seanad, I am glad that the requisite funding has now been provided and that this expansion is continuing as I was recently promised it would be. Ballymun and Glasnevin residents have been crying out for this, and I have assisted in establishing two of them before. This is now open for residents to apply right across Ballymun and in certain areas in Glasnevin. If residents want to sign up, they simply email or ring Community Garda Anita on 01-6664420 to sign up: it’s simple, free and all your details are kept private”.

Councillor Rock added: “These crime prevention schemes have been established in Santry, Beaumont and even my own local residents association helped establish one, so I know their value first hand. It is great that Ballymun and Glasnevin now have access to this great resource, and should have some peace of mind. I hope that this will contribute to diminishing crime locally, as I fully believe we need to be vigilant, tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime locally”.

Councillor Rock concluded: “I have consistently called on the Council to also provide further CCTV funding locally, and have written to the Minister for Justice on local crime issues in the recent past. However, while there is still a lot more work to be done on crime prevention locally, I am happy that this first step has been undertaken and my key local election promise has been fulfilled. It’s a common sense approach to tackling crime”.

I requested in April that this issue be raised in Seanad – including request for further funding – in April 2014:

Image of 3 key campaign promises attached – now all at least partially delivered:
1. 15% reduction in property tax
2. Refusal to take expenses (still working to abolish unvouched expenses)
3. Introducing crime text alerts locally