Spillane for Muintir na Tire AGM panel

Community CCTV will be among the items up for discussion at this year’s AGM of Muintir na Tire, which is being held as part of a wider event that will be open to the public. It will take place in Ballacolla Community Centre, Co. Laois, on Saturday, September 9 at 12:30pm.

“The event will be practical and informative, and should appeal greatly to all community groups, particularly rural ones,” said Niall Garvey, Muintir na Tire CEO.

There will be a panel on the issues facing communities and their solutions. Legendary Kerry footballer and TV analyst, Pat Spillane – who is an ambassador for the Rural Action Plan – and Minister Sean Kyne, who has responsibility for rural affairs, will be be part of the panel. “The discussion is expected to be frank and forthright,” said Garvey. There will also be a focus on community CCTV.

Community CCTV is very topical right now, especially with the recent announcement of €3 million in grant aid available, but many groups do not know where to start.

“Our panel will have representatives from: An Garda Síochána; a local authority; and a community group that made the journey. This will provide a great starting point for any interested group,” said Garvey.

“We will also have a number of exhibitors, including Muintir community councils and community alert groups demonstrating how they have successfully completed their own projects. Several CCTV suppliers will also be exhibiting, as will other service providers, including Pobal, which will provide information on the Seniors’ Alert Scheme – pendant alarms,” said the CEO.

“Muintir na Tire will also be previewing our new app, CAIRDE, before its formal launch later this month. It is the new Muintir na Tíre service designed to connect, secure and empower communities.

It works on the principles that there is safety in numbers, and people want to help each other.

“It connects local people, family, friends and neighbours so they can provide help and assistance to each other in times of need,” said Garvey.

“All in all, there will be something here for anybody with an interest in community matters,” he said. Ballacolla is just off Exit 3 on the M8. More information is available here.