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Donegal JPC Cyber Awareness Week - 5th-12th October 2021

Donegal Joint Policing Committee are holding a Cyber Awareness Week from 5th to 12th October 2021 in response to the growing threat of cybercrime arising from our ever increasing use of technology.


The purpose of the week is to highlight the steps people need to take to stay safe and secure online and to provide information and resources to guide people on how Cyber Awareness and to remind everyone of the role we all play in online safety and security.


 Clr Gerry McMonagle



Clr Gerry McMonagle, Chairperson of the JPC, said “Every one of us has an ever expanding digital footprint across a range of devices and accounts, at home, at work or at school.  The consequences of not being cyber aware can have a detrimental impact on our finances, our security, our mental health and the lives of others.”


“I am delighted that Donegal JPC  have taken the initiative to hold a Cyber Awareness Week.  On behalf of Donegal JPC I wish to acknowledge the co-operation and support received from Healthy Ireland Fund, An Garda Siochana, Donegal ETB, Donegal Youth Council, Foroige, Donegal Youth Service and the Older Peoples Council, in helping to make the week possible."



The week consists of a number of initatives and details are set out below:-


Healthy Ireland Cyber Awareness Campaign





Cyber Awareness Poster Campaign


Information and contacts for people with concerns in relation to Cyber Safety are also available through the following links:-


Information for Young People & Parents from Donegal Youth Services


Scam Awareness Community Banking from Eve Curran, Ulster Bank


Garda National Crime Bureau - information on their role and links to advice and assistance



John McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, stated that “Donegal JPC Cyber Awareness Week is a wonderful example of how the three pillars of partnership - Elected Representatives, local communities and An Garda Siochana -  working together can help to tackle a growing problem facing all of the people of the County through the provision of support, information and advice.  


Cybercrime is a growing problem across every community and greatly affects the enjoyment of using electronic devices by many of our citizens.   It is hoped that cyber awareness week will help raise awareness and offer supports to help tackle this issue throughout our communities.”


Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn, Divisional Officer for the Donegal Division said “An Garda Síochána are happy to work with our partners in the Donegal JPC on this initiative””.