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Applications are invited for the position of:
CASEWORKER - Monaghan Cavan Local Area Employment (LAES)
Panel of Full-time & Part-time Caseworkers
The Position:
Do you enjoy meeting people and using your skills and energy to help them grow and develop, then the LAES Caseworker role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to help people progress their career and find the right job. As a LAES Caseworker you will engage with unemployed clients referred to the service. The role involves working with clients/jobseekers to guide and support them towards full-time employment. As a Caseworker, you will build professional relationships, inspire motivation and confidence with jobseekers and network with employers and relevant agencies to ensure progression opportunities for clients.

The Role:
  • Providing clients with individual career path planning, advice and guidance and employment supports
  • Managing and operating the caseload management system within annually agreed targets
  • Proactively assisting with job search and referring clients to employers
  • Provide aftercare support to clients placed in jobs
  • Referring clients to counselling, training, education courses and other relevant services as appropriate
  • Liaise with employers on behalf of the jobseekers
The successful person should:
  • Hold a Level 7 qualification or willing to work toward a relevant qualification and /or experience working with long term unemployed adults
  • A high level of awareness, understanding / experience of the issues that concern unemployed people
  • Good understanding and knowledge of the local jobs market
  • Own their own car and have a clean driving licence
These positions are based between County Monaghan & Cavan requiring flexibility to cover both Counties and attend meetings.

Interviews for these positions will be competency based and shortlisting will apply on the basis of information provided relevant to the position. A panel may be formed from which future candidates may be drawn.

Click on the link to download a Full Job Specification and Guidance on Competencies for this position. To apply for the position please forward your Curriculum Vitae to by

Closing date 5pm Wednesday 04th October 2023

A national Ukrainian choir, brought together by Local Development Companies across Ireland, has released a new version of Phil Coulter's single, 'Steal Away', in collaboration with the singer. The choir is made up of 40 people including singer Olena Afanasieva from Clones, who fled Ukraine as a result of the war.
The single, translated into Ukrainian, was launched at a special event in St Stephen's Church, Dublin, where the choir performed with Phil Coulter.
'Steal Away' by Phil Coulter and the National Ukrainian Choir is now available to download on Apple music and Spotify.

The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have announced a call for LEADER Food Initiative Project Applications. At least €883,000 in funding is available nationally in this call for LEADER Food Initiative projects.

Project applicants must be an Artisan, Micro, Small food producer or an on-farm diversification enterprise and registered as a food producer with the relevant Competent Authority as per Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. Start-up food businesses must be registered as a food producer with the relevant Competent Authority as per Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 before receiving payment under the LEADER Food Initiative. Such registration is a condition of funding. This grant aid is also for investment in local processing facilities, which allow farmers to sell their products into the local and wider domestic markets. Medium enterprises are not eligible under this initiative.

Projects must be fully completed by 31 March 2024.
Those eligible to apply are food enterprises who are Artisan, Micro or Small food producers or on-farm diversification enterprises. Projects must be in the areas of
(1) Market development,

(2) Competitiveness or

(3) Innovation

This is a two stage competitive process with at least €883,000 in funding available nationally.
The first stage is submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). This EOI can be downloaded HERE and must be submitted to  by Monday the 28th August at the latest. Your completed form will be presented to the Department for their review and the Department will select the projects nationally that will proceed to full application.

Exact timeframes for the completion of the full application process are yet to be determined, but we anticipate a short turnaround period of possibly 3-4 weeks for submission of your completed full application form and supporting documentation.

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Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) is a Local Development Company funded by the Irish Government and charged with the delivery of a range of programmes whose main aim is to support specific target groups with a view to making a positive difference in their lives. We are an independent Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity, governed by a board of directors representative of Local Authority/Government, Community & Voluntary Sector, Social Partners and Statutory Agencies.

Established in 2008, a core role of the company is to promote social inclusion, encourage enterprise development, employment creation, and support access to education, training and lifelong learning. MID has a long history of working with New Communities and Local Community Groups within the County to promote language skills acquisition and support integration.

Fáilte Isteach Monaghan Supports:
We Belong - The County Monaghan Migrant Integration Plan and Action Strategy 2020-2023 recommends securing resources to facilitate the successful delivery of the Fáilte Isteach Programme in Co Monaghan. Under the SICAP programme MID wishes to engage a coordinator for Fáilte Isteach for the period of August to December 2023. Total hours required will be 250 approx.

The coordinator will;
  1. Support the reopening of Fáilte Isteach Groups in Monaghan town (x2), Clones and Carrickmacross
  2. Recruit/Engage with volunteer tutors to ensure they have the training and resources necessary to support the programme
  3. Support the recruitment and assessment of Fáilte Isteach students and assign them to a relevant group (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced)
  4. Supervise the sessions on a weekly basis (Monaghan town – Tuesdays 10am – 12pm and 7pm-9pm; Clones Thursday 7pm – 9pm; Carrickmacross 11am-1pm)
  5. Support other MID officers where demands arise for additional language classes
  6. Liaise with CMETB to ensure cross referral/registration of FI students with CMETB ESOL classes and CMETB ESOL students to FI classes
  7. Maintain records of class attendance and progress
  8. Organise events to mark the end of term and to recognise volunteer tutor contributions

Submission of Quotations

Submissions should demonstrate:
  • Previous experience of supporting and tutoring Multi-cultural groups
  • Knowledge and experience of the wider community and voluntary sector
  • Evidence of relevant qualifications
  • Russian/Ukrainian language skills would be advantageous
  • All quotations to be quoted in Euros, and show the hourly price inclusive and exclusive of VAT. If travel costs will be applicable please indicate rate
Before any assignments are awarded we will require:
  • Evidence of adequate insurance in place – Professional Indemnity/Public Liability as appropriate.
Please note the number of hours assigned will be subject to price quoted and/or budget available.

Quotation should be emailed to  by 5pm on Thurs July 27th.

“The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European
Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 -2027. It is overseen locally by Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with support from Monaghan County Council”
“Tá an Clár um Chuimsiú Sóisialta agus Gníomhachtú Pobail (SICAP) cómhaoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann, tríd an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail, agus Ciste Sóisialta na hEorpa Plus faoin
gClár Fostaíochta, Cuimsiú, Scileanna agus Oiliúna (EIST) 2021 -2027. Tá s á mhaoirsiú go háitiúil ag Coiste Forbhartha Pobail Áitiúil (CFPÁ) Mhuineacháin le tacaíocht ó Comhairle Chontae Mhuineacháin”

The LEADER team at Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) want to hear your views on how the new LEADER Programme can fund & support communities & enterprises in Co Monaghan!
Your responses will help inform the delivery of the new LEADER 2023-2027 Programme (€6 million allocated to Co. Monaghan)
Please fill in this online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/B8TY7P2 
Or scan the QR code below to access it!
For more info, contact  / 087 176 0877 / 042 974 9500 

 Vacancies Available on the Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme is a government initiative funded by the Department of Social Protection and administered in Co. Monaghan by Monaghan Integrated Development CLG.


The scheme provides an opportunity for farmers or their spouses, and in some cases their children or their siblings to earn additional income through employment provided in their local communities. The main aim of the RSS is to use the skills and knowledge of the local farming community in the development of local amenities, facilities, and services. All the work carried out by participants on the RSS will be community-based.

Types of Work

  • Environmental services (conservation and maintenance of national walkways)
  • Caring services (childcare, care of older people) 
  • General community services (newsletters or information provision for communities)
  • Para-educational services community playgroups
  • Energy conservation work in community buildings
  • Social care for all age groups and people with disabilities
  • Caretaking, securing, and supervising community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation, and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration and community event management
  • Coaching for sporting activities

The types of work carried out under the RSS include 19.5 hours per week and these hours will be based on a farmer-friendly schedule in order to ensure that it does not impede farming activities. To be eligible to participate on the RSS applicants must be actively farming, be between 25 and 66 years of age AND be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection

  • Farm Assist.
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit, if previously on a FÁS Community Employment Scheme or the Rural Social Scheme in the previous 12 months.
  • Disability Allowance.
  • One-Parent Family Payment.
  • Widow(ers)/Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (contributory and non-contributory).

In most cases, the rate of payment on the RSS will be equal to the current rate of payment in addition to a top-up payment of €27.50. There is a minimum weekly payment of €247.50. A class A9 PRSI contribution is paid on behalf of all RSS participants and the payment is not subject to the Universal Social Charge.

In order for an applicant to be deemed eligible to participate on Rural Social Scheme, they must provide proof that they are actively farming by providing a copy of: Their application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year, which includes a valid herd number together with a copy of the associated receipts.

OR  for online forms taken from The Department of Agriculture website, the following will be accepted:

A copy of the review and submit page and a copy of the confirmation page for the year prior to the participant applying for Rural Social Scheme • A copy of the application summary details as above

Eligible Organisations

  • The work placements are proposed and provided by community and voluntary organisations.
  • The organisations must provide good quality work opportunities that are of benefit to the community.
  • Organisations with a proposed work placement should register with MID.
  • They will be asked to submit an application detailing the work and the number of participants requested.
  • MID will then assess and make a decision on the proposal.

The criteria for eligible organisations are as follows

  • Be Community, voluntary, and not-for-profit in nature: and
  • Have a recognised informal or formal/legal structure; and
  • Have a track record of working with or providing services to and within their communities; and
  • Demonstrate a capacity of managing the candidate in the work placement with the supervisory support of the Implementing Body.
  • Be able to provide a beneficial placement experience for the Person(s) in placement

There are 72 RSS Positions in Co. Monaghan and MID has a panel in place for interested candidates to join the RSS Scheme or for Community Groups wanting to become placement providers. 

If you are interested in becoming an RSS participant or if you are a community and voluntary organisation interested in applying to host RSS participants or seeking further information on the scheme you can contact any of the following:

Team Leader & South Monaghan Area - Aurelia Callan - 087 6021177/  

North Monaghan - Kathryn McCague - 087 7927902 /  

West Monaghan - Geraldine Maguire - 087 4171052 /  

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There was great attendance and response from attendees at last week’s Monaghan Women’s Collective Ireland (previously Dochas for Women) Women's Health event at St Patricks Hall Monaghan. Gerard Callan of the 'Fit for Work and Life Programme' at Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) and Sinéad Keenan and Grace Sherry of the Monaghan Volunteer Centre at MID were delighted to be part of the day.

The Monaghan Volunteer Centre staff shared information about volunteering roles in local areas throughout County Monaghan along with the health benefits of volunteering, answering volunteering queries and registering interested people with Monaghan Volunteer Centre in situ if they wished. To learn more about the Monaghan Volunteer Centre, visit volunteermonaghan.ie and or contact / 047 72191.

Gerard of MID spoke about the 'Fit for Work and Life' programme which includes practical advice on living well including diet, exercise, alcohol, smoking and more. If you wish to register for the programme, contact Gerard on 087 665 2162 / .

New agricultural show management software supported by Monaghan LEADER

The Irish Shows Association (ISA) is delighted to announce the launch of its ISA SuperShow Platform, an integrated show management IT system, which will be available to its members throughout Ireland. During the enforced break in ISA’s regular activities due to COVID-19, the association was able to focus on bringing this innovative digitalisation project to fruition.

In recent years, shows have found it increasingly difficult to attract people to administrative positions due to the significant time and paperwork involved. Recognising the need to future-proof their shows, the ISA set about seeking funding to develop a cloud-based show management system to reduce the administrative burden on the agricultural show volunteers.
Following investment in market research and a feasibility study, the ISA went to tender and awarded the contract to Irish software development and integration company, Dotser. The ISA is delighted to partner with an indigenous Irish company to provide this exciting ICT solution to member shows. This new system will allow organisers/entrants/participants to log information, such as animal details, only once and use this same data for their next show.

The project is part-funded under the LEADER national cooperation programme, which is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture as part of Project Ireland 2040.

The project is being led out by Monaghan Integrated Development CLG in partnership with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership CLG, Galway Rural Development CLG and Southwest Mayo Development Company CLG.

Gabriel O'Connell, CEO of Monaghan Integrated Development and Lead project Partner says: “It has been a great pleasure to work with the Board of the Irish Shows Association and being able to support this worthwhile project under the LEADER National Cooperation Measure. He noted that Monaghan LEADER Local Action Group was on board from the start, cooperation funding meant we could pool together resources from the 4 counties involved and provide the support needed to develop this innovative shows management system which will make sure local agricultural shows in Ireland continue in the community well into the future."

45 ISA member shows will be live on the new system for the coming showing season and exhibitors are encouraged to avail of this very useful service. A list of all participating shows will be published on the Irish Shows Association website, www.irishshows.org.

The roll-out of the project has commenced with training actively underway including a session held at the ISA AGM recently, where Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys commended the ISA for "the great work being done in digitising and future proofing the shows".