Rural Social Scheme

Programme Aim

To provide income support for farmers and fishermen in Ireland who are receipt of long-term social welfare payments.  In return, those participating in the scheme will provide certain services that benefit rural communities.

Services provided:

  • Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes (that is, way marked ways, agreed walks) and bog roads.
  • Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty.
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects.
  • Social care and care of older people, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups.
  • Environmental maintenance work – maintenance and care-taking of community and sporting facilities.
  • Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres.
  • Community administration or clerical work.

How long the scheme lasts?

Employment is for 19.5 hours per week for an initial 12-month period, while it is not intended as a permanent employment, there is no definite time limit for participation on the scheme.

How to join the scheme?

  • Farm Assist or have a herd or flock number or certain social welfare payments.
  • be a self-employed fisherman/woman on a fishing boar which is entered in the Register of Fishing Boats.
  • Be a child or sibling of a qualifying herd or flock owner etc.
  • RSS allows low-income farmers and fishers who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding or from fishing earn a supplementary income.


To find out more about the LCDP please contact one of our Staff

Role Name Office Base Telephone Email
Seamus O’Hara Tralee 066 7180190
Administrator Dawn Darcy Tralee 066 7180190
Supervisor Aine Stack Tralee 066 7180190



Anita Bodenham

Dympna O’Caroll




068 23429


068 23429


Supervisor Geraldine Kelly Listowel 068 23429
Supervisor Pamela Dillane Castleisland/Tralee 066 7142576
Supervisor Kay Daly Castleisland 066 7142576
Supervisor Joanne O’Sullivan Castleisland 066 7142576