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 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


To be eligible to work on the Rural Social Scheme, you must be an active farmer or the spouse, daughter, son, brother or sister of an active farmer.

You must also:

  1. Farming more than 1 hectare
  2. Have an active herd number
  3. Be in receipt of a qualifying means-tested social welfare payment such as:
    • Farm Assist
    • Jobseekers Allowance
    • Widow(er)s Pension
    • Disability Allowance
    • Adult Dependents

    Current Vacancies

    At present, we are particularly interested in recruiting participants who have skills in the areas of:

    • Community Support Administration and IT
    • Outdoor Construction Projects
    • Building Maintenance and Caretaking of Community Facilities
    • Craft Trades
    • Machinery Operation (relevant ticket/license required)
    • Van Driving
    • Environmental Enhancement

    Contact Eugene O'Donnell at [email protected] / 087-6558731 or John Scanlan at [email protected] / 087-6528105 for more information on the RSS.

    Full details of the Scheme are available on the below link:

    Rural Social Scheme