It is similar to the scheme for Oireachtas members.
Local councillors can now avail of an allowance towards their personal security.
The announcement comes following a number of incidents recently, and is similar to the scheme for Oireachtas members.
Councillors will be able to claim up to 50% of their personal security costs, to a maximum value of €2,500.
Green Party Westmeath Councillor Hazel Smyth says it's a good first step: