The 116000 Missing Child Hotline should soon be operational in Ireland as COMREG have confirmed that they have allocated the licence to operate the Hotline to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

This announcement comes 9 months after the deadline for implementation passed.

Welcoming the announcement Liam Aylward, MEP for Ireland East, who has been campaigning on this issue at the EU level over the past number of years, stated that:

“I welcome this breakthrough in getting the Missing Child Hotline up and running. It has been delayed for too long and the deadline set by the Commission for complete operability has long passed.”

“The allocation of the 116 000 Missing Child Hotline is reserved across the EU to report missing children and offer guidance and support to their families. It is a service that hopefully many will not have to use, but should a situation arise it will be invaluable.”

“It is essential that this service becomes operational without further delay.”

The Universal Service Directive requires Member States to ensure that citizens have access to a service operating the 116 000 hotline to report cases of missing children.

The 116 000 Missing Child Hotline is reserved across the EU to report missing children and offer guidance and support to their families.