Could your group use some extra workers?

If the answer is ‘yes’, you might want to consider the Gateway Scheme. Gateway is a local authority labour activation scheme that provides short-term work and training opportunities for long-term unemployed people who have been on the Live Register for over 2 years. The work opportunities are to benefit the local area.

Gateway is managed by city and county councils (collectively known as local authorities) for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme. Unemployed people who are eligible to participate in the scheme are selected and contacted by the Department of Social Protection. The Department then randomly selects a list of eligible candidates from the Live Register in each region and sends it to the local authority. Generally the number of eligible candidates selected by the Department is double the number of work placements proposed by the local authority and they will then go through the local authority’s recruitment process. If a candidate is selected for a Gateway placement, they must undergo Garda vetting before they can start work.

Type of project The work carried out by Gateway participants is mainly outdoor work but can be in any area of local authority activity. The work can be either in new projects or in projects that local authorities no longer have to resources to continue. Types of project eligible for the scheme include:

  • Village enhancement schemes
  • Landscaping
  • Tourism ambassadors
  • Control of animals
  • Libraries
  • New projects – brown field site remediation


Status of the Scheme In Co Monaghan The Council has already recruited 21 persons under the Gateway Scheme across the County (on 22 month Contracts of Employment). A further 22 Contracts are being offered next week. They work under the direction of the Municipal District Co-Ordinators.

    Monaghan: Donal Mc Elwain 047 73777
    Ballybay-Clones: Kevin Mc Nally 047 51018
    Carrickmacross-Castleblayney: Cathal Flynn 042 9661236

If your group has a project you need help with, and you think the Gateway workers could be your solution, contact your Municipal Co-Ordinator.  It would be helpful if you could list the tasks you need help with, and break them down into hours required.