PROBLEMS have arisen in the Rural Social Scheme regarding the allocation of jobs for the scheme across the country.
The (RSS) Rural Social Scheme is in some way similar to a CE or TUS work scheme where people work 19 hours a week in their local Community ; looking after Tidy towns projects, maintaining graveyards, working on meals on wheels in their local community and many more community projects.
The RSS is specifically for low income farmers and fishermen and a total of 2,600 were employed throughout the country.
In the Budget for 2017 it was announced that 500 new jobs would be created in the RSS Scheme following lobbing by a number of rural TDs.
However the way the 500 new jobs is divided out across the country is causing some concern. Cork, the largest county in Ireland with the second highest county population with over half a million people ends up with an extra 39 workers while County Mayo home to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with a population over 130,000 people ended up receiving 79 extra Rural Social Scheme workers.
Deputy Collins feels real answers have to be given on who totted up these figures and divided out the extra jobs across the country.
Michael Collins spoke about the issue on C103’s Cork Today Show.
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