116000 is new Number
“My Fine Gael colleague Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald announced last week that the line is now operating full time. The importance of this hotline cannot be understated and is a lifeline for children missing from home and for family members. It also provides emotional support and information for people in distress,” said Deputy Coonan.
The 116000 Missing Children Hotline in Ireland will be formally launched on 5 June 2013.
Under EU telecoms rules agreed in 2009, the 116000 number is reserved in all EU member states for a missing children hotline.
“The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children must be commended for operating the hotline and their continued dedication to the cause,” said the local TD.
In 2011 Minister Fitzgerald established a Project Team to oversee the establishment of the Hotline. The Project Team included representatives of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Justice and Equality, ComReg and an Garda Síochána. Last year Minister Fitzgerald confirmed that a licence to operate the 116000 Hotline for Missing Children has been allocated to the ISPCC.