Leo Varadkar reveals details of 500 extra Rural Social Scheme places

The scheme support farmers, fishermen & local communities

Leo Varadkar reveals details of 500 extra Rural Social Scheme places

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Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has announced details of where the 500 extra places on the Rural Social Scheme for farmers and fishermen will be allocated.

The increase brings the total number from 2,600 to 3,100. It’s the first increase since 2006 when the numbers increased by 100 from 2,500 to 2,600.

Speaking about the extra places Minister Varadkar said "I am a big fan of the Rural Social Scheme. It provides an opportunity to farmers and fishermen to make off-farm income in areas where there are few opportunities to do so, brings money into rural and coastal communities and gets valuable work done on the ground.

"I am very pleased to be in a position to allocate 500 additional places around the country and if successful, I will seek extra places for 2018. This move forms an important part of the Government's commitment to rural Ireland and ensures that all parts of the country and people from all walks of life benefit from the economic recovery."

He finished by saying "The Scheme is popular with participants and in the communities, which benefit from their talents. It also gives participants an opportunity to improve their existing skills, or develop new skills, while performing valuable work in their local communities.

"Significantly, it also supports participants to stay involved in farming or fishing in their local area. I’m delighted that we can expand the scheme for the first time since 2006 thanks to Budget 2017. It shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to rural Ireland."

The work carried out under the Scheme helps to support countless sports clubs, community services and rural facilities. But it’s also an important source of extra income to farmers and fishermen who may be working in agriculture or fishing on a part-time basis and find it difficult to maintain a decent income. 

These extra places will strengthen the Rural Social Scheme by supporting more farming and fishing families on low incomes. The Scheme is delivered through 35 Implementing Bodies or Local Development Companies, and Údarás na Gaeltachta.  

 

 

RSS Breakdown by County

County

Current Allocation

New Allocation

Carlow

18

22

Cavan

80

97

Clare

117

143

Cork

171

210

Donegal

227

308

Dublin

0

0

Galway

275

325

Kerry

267

304

Kildare

22

25

Kilkenny

19

24

Laois

25

29

Leitrim

100

121

Limerick

83

93

Longford

55

65

Louth

10

14

Mayo

562

641

Meath

17

21

Monaghan

40

62

Offaly

52

57

Roscommon

149

167

Sligo

124

138

Tipperary

63

81

Waterford

12

15

Westmeath

33

40

Wexford

39

50

Wicklow

20

23

Islands

20

25

Total

2600

3100