The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) was initiated by the then Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr. Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D. and subsequently launched on 17th May 2004. The aim of the RSS is to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities.
The Department of Social Protection monitors the implementation of the RSS. Participants under RSS will be employees of their Implementing Body (Fingal Leader Partnership). While the RSS operates independently of the Community Employment Schemes, it will act to complement it in areas where both schemes are in operation.
All of the work undertaken during the RSS will be beneficial to the participant and the local community