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Senior alert

The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan, gave statistical details of the progress of the senior alert alarm scheme for older people over 2007-11 to Niall Collins (FF, Limerick) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 13th June 2012, 545-6).   There had been a sharp increase in demand and he had announced, with effect from end March this year, that grants for voluntary and community organizations would be capped at €30,000 a year, while the alarm grant was set at €250 per alarm and €50 for additional pennants and re-installation.