Ballyhoura Development employs over 60 people on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS), which is an employment support scheme designed to support farmers and fisherpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments. RSS employees are employed for 19.5 hours per week to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities, which may include:

  • Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways
  • Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects
  • Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups
  • Environmental maintenance work-maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities
  • Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres
  • Appropriate community projects identified during the course of the scheme
  • Community Administration/Clerical work

Rural Social Scheme Vacancies


Contact Eugene O'Donnell at [email protected] or Rhiannon Laubach at [email protected] for more information on the RSS.

Full details of the Scheme are available here.


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