Initiatives launched aimed at elderly and isolated

Two new initiatives launched through Muintir na Tíre which will help make people safer in their homes, have been launched this week.

Carbon monoxide alarms will be supplied to Muintir na Tíre groups who will install them in people’s homes on a voluntary basis, with €115,000 allocated to support this initiative through the Dormant Accounts Fund. 

This initiative is aimed at the homes of elderly, isolated and vulnerable people throughout rural Ireland.

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Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD, also launched Muintir na Tíre’s new Cairde mobile app to help vulnerable people to live safely in their homes. 

The app features: Integration with the Community Text Alert system for people to receive Garda alerts; Community messaging to allow communities communicate with each other; a panic button to allow people summon help from designated neighbours, family or friends.

Further information on the Cairde app is available at

The Community Alert structure includes over 1,400 community groups throughout the country, with a focus on community safety.

The pilot programme will seek to fit out 2,000 homes at an average cost of only €57 per home. Again, a total of €115,000 has been allocated to support this initiative.

Muintir na Tíre, a national organisation for community development, supports 200 community councils and 1,400 Community Alert groups nationwide, through a network of development officers and head office support.