Additional RRS places across Roscommon & Galway – Minister Naughten

In Agriculture, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed Roscommon-Galway is to benefit from allocation of extra Rural Social Scheme places.

“I’m pleased to confirm the allocation of 57 extra places under the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) that will benefit farmers across Roscommon and Galway,” stated Minister Naughten.

The work carried out under the Scheme helps to support sports clubs, community services and rural facilities but it is also a source of extra income for farmers as well as fishermen working in agriculture or fishing part-time. The Scheme provides participants 19.5 hours a week on a local rural or community project in a return for a top-up on their social welfare payments.

“Since the RSS was launched 14 years ago, it has delivered a range of positive benefits for those who avail of it and for our local communities,” stated Minister Naughten. “Communities benefit from the skills and talents of local farmers, who in turn get the opportunity to improve existing skills, or develop new ones.

“Roscommon will benefit from 10 extra RSS places while Galway is set to receive 47 extra places,” confirmed Minister Naughten.