Funding has been allocated to install carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of elderly, isolated and vulnerable people in rural areas.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has allocated €115,000 from the Dormant Accounts Fund to supply carbon monoxide alarms to Muintir na Tire groups, who will install them in people's homes on a voluntary basis.

The pilot programme will fit out 2,000 homes.

At an event at Westport Fire Station, Minister Ring also launched Muintir na Tire's new mobile phone app, Cairde, which integrates with the Community Text Alert scheme for people to receive Garda alerts, and allows communities to communicate with each other.

The app also features a panic button, allow people to summon help from designated neighbours, family or friends.

Minister Ring says the two initiatives will help people feel safer in their homes.



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