County Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG
Supporting Enterprise and Community of County Sligo

071 9141138

Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme in County Sligo is administered by Sligo LEADER Partnership on behalf of the Department of Social Protection who has overall responsibility for the programme. The aims of the scheme are to address:

  • Income support needs to low income farmers and fisherpersons and
  • Provision of certain services of benefit to rural communities by harnessing the skills and talents available among low income farmers and fisherpersons
The RSS allows low-income farmers and fisherpersons who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding/fishing, to earn a supplementary income. In addition to the RSS providing resources to maintain and improve local amenities and facilities, participants also experience opportunities to improve existing, or develop new skills, and perform valuable work in the community.

RSS in Sligo

The Rural Social Scheme has been operating in Sligo since 2004 and currently employs 124 participants and 6 supervisors. Participants are based in communities across the length and breadth of County Sligo and are in involved in various areas of work including:
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects
  • Development and maintenance of way marked routes
  • Social Care
  • Community Childcare
  • Energy Conservation works
  • Maintenance of community facilities/areas
  • Community Administration
  • Heritage

RSS Staff

  • Geraldine Kirrane (Supervisor)
  • Michael O’Dowd (Supervisor)
  • Mark Devaney (Supervisor)
  • Gerard Mullaney (Supervisor)

Community Organisations

Community organisations interested in providing RSS placement opportunities should complete the Host Organisation Application form at the bottom of this page and submit it to or by post to Gerard Mullaney, Sligo LEADER Partnership, Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo.
For further information on the Rural Social Scheme, contact Gerard Mullaney (RSS Programme Coordinator) on 071 91 41138.
RSS Host Organisation Application form