Role of RSS schemes highlighted

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The need for increased places on Rural Social Schemes in county Galway and beyond was highlighted today by Galway East TD Paul Connaughton as he hosted a meeting between Rural Social Scheme supervisors from around the country and members of the Fine Gael Social Protection Committee in Leinster House.

The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness of the role of the Rural Social Schemes and highlight the need for such schemes to be strengthened in coming months and years.

‘Rural Social Schemes play a crucial role in social and economic terms for many rural areas in Galway East and beyond,’ said Deputy Connaughton. ‘In recent months I have been highlighting the need for increased RSS numbers in County Galway and elsewhere and with this in mind I organised today’s meeting in Leinster House where RSS Supervisors from all around the country got to meet members of the Fine Gael Social Protection Committee and speak to them about the work being undertaken by RSS schemes and the need for that to be secured into the future.

‘Four of the supervisors who attended today’s meeting were from county Galway, while counties Donegal, Cavan and Tipperary were also represented. At the meeting supervisors stressed the important work done by Rural Social Schemes in the past and the need for an increased role for these schemes in the future.

‘I firmly believe that the number of participants on Rural Social Schemes needs to be increased significantly. There are huge waiting lists for the scheme, particularly in county Galway. All of those seeking to get on the scheme are already on social welfare, so the cost to the state is minimal, while the benefits accruing to the individual and the community are very significant. I will continue to press this case with the Minister for Social Protection in an effort to secure further places for this important scheme throughout the country.’connaughton rss supervisors leinster house