How rescue alert system works
A CHILD Rescue Ireland (CRI) alert is issued to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases.
It is used in cases where there is reasonable belief that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child.
Information on the alert is broadcast across all news outlets, social media, internet and electronic road signs -- with updates every hour at the latest. Strict criteria must be met before a CRI alert is issued.
The criteria includes that the child is under the age of 18, there is a reasonable belief that the child has been abducted or that there is an immediate and serious risk to the child's health or welfare, and in cases where there is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist gardai in locating the child.