Incorporated Community Groups and Charities Urged to Apply to Pobal for Energy Costs Relief Before December 2nd Deadline

PRESS RELEASE – 23/11/2022
A Second Funding Scheme, To Be Launched Shortly By LCDC, Will Be Able To Support Other Types Of Community Organisations With Their Running Costs.
Chairman of Monaghan Local Economic & Community Development Committee, Alan Johnston, today moved to encourage local community groups to avail of one of the two
funding packages put in place by Minister Heather Humphreys’ Department of Rural & Community Affairs to help the community and sector cope with the rising cost of energy this winter.

He was speaking to welcome the announcement by Minister Humphreys last week of an allocation of €277,255 to Co. Monaghan under a new Community Support Scheme, which will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to carry
out small upgrade works, purchase equipment to support their activities and assist with their running costs, which can include energy costs. The Community Support Scheme will be rolled out through the LCDC, which is currently preparing the application form and guidelines, and expects to open the scheme to applications within the next fortnight.

In the meantime, Mr Johnston is anxious to point out that a separate scheme has been put in place by the Department to assist larger community groups with their energy costs, and that due to this, these groups will not be able to seek help with energy costs from the
LCDC-run scheme.

It is therefore vital, says Mr Johnston, for all incorporated community groups (eg CLG’s and co-operatives) and registered charities to visit the Pobal website and apply for their energy
costs through the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS). This scheme is now open, and will close on the 2nd of December. These larger groups will still be welcome to apply to the LCDC’s Community Support
Scheme for other costs, upgrade works etc, but will not be able to claim energy costs through this Scheme.

While the LCDC is still awaiting guidance from the Dept of Rural & Community Development on eligibility criteria for projects under the new Community Support Scheme, it is known that the Scheme is specifically designed by the Department to support a wider
range of groups than any previous scheme. Funding will be available to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.

The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.

These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills.
Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works on buildings, and to purchase equipment such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.

When available, full Guidelines and application forms will be posted to the Community Grants section of Monaghan County Council’s website, Monaghan Public Participation Network will circulate a notice to all their member groups as soon as the details of the Scheme are announced. If you are not already a member of the PPN, you can sign up to receive updates from them on their website or by liking their Facebook page.

Healthy Monaghan Public Consultation Survey for Healthy Ireland Round 4 planning 2023-2025

The Vision of a Healthy Monaghan is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.

Healthy Monaghan request the input of individuals, agencies, groups and organisations to help identify the health risks, health priorities and associated target groups across County Monaghan. The output of this survey will be used to support our planning for health and wellbeing activities across the County for the next three years.

The survey is composed of multiple-choice questions with the option to provide further detail in some places, however it is not required to provide further detail if you do not want to. Please note that if you would like to have your own view and that of your organisation(s) represented you will need to complete a separate survey for each perspective you wish to have represented.

If you feel there is further information that would help us, please include these comments at the end of the survey (Question 8).

The survey takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking the time and for your interest in the health and wellbeing of the population of County Monaghan.

Link to Survey

This is an anonymous survey so please do not provide any personal data in the answers to your questions. 









Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022

Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022

Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 will take place from Monday 14th November to Sunday 20th November.  The initiative was officially launched by Cathaoirleach Councillor Seán Conlon on Friday 4th November at the Íontas Arts and Community Resource Centre in Castleblayney.

The initiative is being organised by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) Equality Subgroup which is made up of representatives of the key service providers in Monaghan. Social Inclusion Week is an educational and insightful week which provides opportunities for service providers, community groups and educators from across the county to showcase the great work which they undertake in our communities. Local community groups were invited to take part in Social Inclusion Week with an advertising campaign inviting them to submit their events to be included in the Programme of Events.

The theme for this year’s Social Inclusion Week is “Tolerance”. Respecting and tolerating the beliefs of others is a key part of living in any democratic society. Ireland’s population is the youngest in Europe and is becoming increasingly diverse as more people from around the world choose to live, work and study here.

The key aims of Social Inclusion Week is to highlight the positive work which Monaghan County Council and other service providers, as well as community groups, undertake which seeks to reduce social exclusion and poverty. It will raise awareness of the barriers experienced by citizens of Monaghan that lead to social inclusion. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people in County Monaghan. Finally, it also aims to promote an understanding of inclusion in and to celebrate diversity throughout the county.

Please find a full programme of events which will take place during Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 below:

Social Inclusion Week 2022

Please find a full programme of events which will place during Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 below: Social Inclusion Week 2022

Explore the Traditions Associated with Brigid – Monaghan County Council & Age Friendly Ireland

Time to explore some of the traditions associated with Brigid.

Age & Opportunity and Age Friendly Ireland are inviting Older People to take part in a series of inter-county events at the end of September, finishing off the event with a pageant to commemorate Samhain.

We will explore the traditions associated with Brigid through poetry, craft –making, myth and ceremony.

We will be exploring Celtic wisdoms, stories, poems and folklore while linking natural world learnings to the elements of fire, earth, air and water plus heritage sites.

We will be filming the final ceremony so that we can broadcast it on Brigid’s Day in 2023.

No expertise needed, come and have fun with artist Marie Brett, joint workshops for Cavan/ Monaghan will take place in:

  • Errigal Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan- September 27th (Participants from Cavan and Monaghan).


For further information or registration please contact:

Barry Eaton, Age Friendly Programme Manager (Monaghan),

Community Development Fund 2022

Monaghan County Council is committed to promoting and enhancing community development and increasing social inclusion activity throughout the county. This commitment is supported by the annual Community Development Fund which invites applications from community and voluntary groups and organisations within County Monaghan.  We are now inviting applications for the 2022 funding scheme.

Funding is available under the two measures outlined below:

  • Measure 1: Community Infrastructure Supports
  • Measure 2: Community Development Supports

Application forms and details of the scheme can be found at the links below.

Enquiries can be made by email to or by calling the Community Development Section on 047 73750.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 25th August 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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Monaghan Older People’s Council is looking for new members!

Are you interested in joining Monaghan’s Older People’s Council?

Monaghan Older People’s Council is looking for new members and is inviting all Monaghan residents aged 55 and upwards to join.

The Council provides a platform for older people to take a more active role in their communities and to have their voices heard on relevant issues both within Monaghan and nationally.

Quarterly meetings of the Council take place and issues raised are followed up with various stakeholders in the Age Friendly Alliance including Monaghan County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána, transport providers and local voluntary organisations.

Membership of the Monaghan Older People’s Council is inclusive and is open to all Monaghan residents aged 55 and upwards, to reflect the views of all older people throughout the county. Everybody will be made to feel welcome!


What is Monaghan Older People’s Council?

  • Monaghan Older Peoples Council is  a voluntary community group made up of individuals and representatives of older people’s groups in Co. Monaghan. It aims to improve the quality of life for older people in Monaghan.


  • Monaghan Older People’s Council will aim to ensure the voice of older people is represented at the relevant structures in Co. Monaghan.


  • Monaghan Older People’s Council will aim to raise issues of concern for older people in the county with local and national decision makers.


  • Monaghan Older People’s Council will provide regular updates by email which will include news, events of interest and information about relevant services available.


  • Members of Monaghan Older People’s Council sit on the Age Friendly Alliance along with decision makers of statutory agencies and local service providers. Members also sit on the National Network of Older Peoples Councils.


Contact Details

If you are interested in joining or would like more information about Monaghan’s Older People’s Council please contact Barry Eaton, Monaghan Age Friendly Programme Manager, by emailing or by phoning 086 3134557.


Monaghan County Council – Disability Participation and Awareness Grant Scheme 2022

Monaghan County Council is committed to promoting positive attitudes to disability in our communities, as they are key to achieving inclusion and ensuring people with disabilities can reach their full potential. We are now inviting applications for the Disability Participation and Awareness Grant Scheme 2022. The purpose of the fund is to provide funding to support the participation of people with disabilities in local activities and to
help remove barriers to community involvement.

Applications are welcome from community/voluntary groups and organisations within County Monaghan who cater for people with disabilities.

Eligible applications will be individually assessed against the guidelines of the grant scheme. Types of projects
which are likely to be considered for funding include:
• works to improve accessibility at existing community facilities.
• the purchase of equipment
• the provision of facilitators, training programmes and/or the provision of activities.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Disability Participation and Awareness Grant Scheme 2022 are available below:



  • Email to
    • Telephone: Monaghan County Council, Community Development Section on 047 73750.

If you would like support to assist with completing your application, please email
or phoning the Community Development Section on 047 73750.


Data Protection Acts 1988 -2018 (as amended) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Nomination of Election to the Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership




Data Protection Acts 1988 -2018 (as amended) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Nomination of Election to the Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership

Data Subject Notification


The purpose of this notification is to set out some information regarding the collection and processing of your information by Monaghan County Council for the purposes of nomination of Election to the Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership and the selection of a balanced and representative mix of social partners.  During the course of our activities we will collect, store and process personal data about our service users. Monaghan County Council is the data controller in respect of this data.

Monaghan County Council creates, collects and processes a significant amount of ‘personal data’ and ‘sensitive personal data’ in various multiple formats daily. Our commitment is to ensure that the personal data supplied is:

  • Obtained lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner
  • Collected for only specified, explicit and legitimate purposes,
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purpose for which it was obtained,
  • Recorded, stored accurately and where necessary kept up to date,
  • Kept for no longer that is necessary, and, in a form, which permits identification of the data subject,
  • Processed in a manner that ensures the appropriate security of the personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing of the data.

For full details of the collection, processing and sharing of your personal data by us and your rights in this regard, please see our full  Privacy Notice on the website.

What data we collect and process

The types of personal data that we will collect, and process includes your name, telephone number, email address.

We will collect the following Special Category data

The types of Special Category data that we will collect includes data relating to ethnic or religious origin, sexual orientation, or disability status.

Monaghan County Council will only process this personal data with your explicit consent and only for the purposes of the selection of a balanced and representative mix of social partners.


Why do we collect this personal data?

We collect and process this information in order to manage and administer the relationship between you and us for the purpose of nomination for Election to the Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership and the selection of a balanced and representative mix of social partners.

Lawfulness of processing

We process this data for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and in exercise of official authority vested in us as the controller under the Local Government Act 2001, and Article 6(1)(a) and (e) GDPR.

We process your Special Category data under Article 9 (2) GDPR and the Equality Acts 2004 (as amended)

How long do we hold your personal data held for?

We will keep your personal information for the lifetime of this project and in line with Monaghan County Councils National Retention Policy.


Special Category Personal data will only be retained for the purposes of helping to establish the Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership. This personal data will be securely destroyed within 3 months from the date of collection.


 What are individual rights with respect to the processing of personal data?


Individuals have the following rights:

  • The right to access the personal data the council holds about them.
  • The right to require the council to rectify any inaccurate personal data about them without undue delay;
  • The right to have the council erase any personal data it holds about them in circumstances such as where it is no longer necessary for the council to hold the personal data or, in some circumstances, if individuals have withdrawn their consent to the processing;
  • The right to object to the council processing personal data about them such as processing for profiling or direct marketing;
  • The right to ask the council to provide their personal data to them in a portable format, or where technically feasible, for the council to port that personal data to another provider provided it does not result in a disclosure of personal data relating to other people;
  • The right to request a restriction of the processing of their personal data.


Where the processing of personal data is based on an individual’s consent, to that processing, individuals have the right to withdraw that consent at any time but any processing that the council have carried out before the withdrawal of this consent remains lawful.

Individuals may exercise any of the above rights by contacting the Data Protection Officer and making a Data Subject Access Request in writing.

Sharing of Personal Data

We may share your Personal Data with selected third parties within Monaghan County Council and including for example the funding government Departments, other Government Agencies where required to do so by law. We may also share your data with other Local Authorities, and other third parties who assist us in fulfilling our functions. Special category data, i.e. data relating to ethnic or religious origin, sexual orientation, or disability status, will not be shared. Further information regarding the sharing of your personal data can be found in our Privacy Notice which is available at: Privacy Notice

If you have any questions regarding our processing of your Personal Data, our Data Protection Officer can be contacted;

By email:

By phone: (047)30507

By post: Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan


Call for Social Partners for Monaghan LCDC Peace Plus Partnership Board: Closing date 10/6/2022

Monaghan County Council is establishing a PEACEPLUS Partnership Board for the PEACEPLUS Programme 2022-2027.  The PEACEPLUS Partnership will oversee the design and implementation of a co-designed PEACEPLUS Action Plan for our area.

The new programme will provide scope to incorporate projects which span a range of different sectors and activities including health and wellbeing initiatives; children and young people; community regeneration including redevelopment and re-imaging of existing community facilities for shared usage; initiatives to build positive relations; social innovation; social enterprise; and education and skills and community education. All supported projects should be designed to address issues of racism and sectarianism, increase social inclusion, and promote civil leadership.

We are seeking nominations for social partners from the PPN for its new PEACEPLUS Partnership board. The Monaghan LCDC PEACEPLUS Partnership will comprise 16 representatives from four categories including 4 nominated Elected Members; 4 nominated public sector representatives; 4 social partners representing the different geographies of our area (e.g., our 3 Municipal Districts); and 4 social partners representing target groups. 

Nominations are now welcomed for social partners through the PPN.  We are seeking nominations from community representatives, including volunteers, from PPN Member Organisations within our council area and who could represent our Municipal Districts (MDs) and PEACEPLUS Target groups.

The role is a voluntary, unpaid role that will require a time commitment of approximately 8 meetings per annum c.2 hours per meeting. Travel expenses will be paid where required.  Training will be supplied for all partnership members in all aspects of the programme.

Nomination forms have been attached to this email or further information is available by contacting

If you would like to discuss this further a drop in event is being held Tuesday 31st May from 3pm – 7pm, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sakura Suite.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 10th June at 5pm.

Nomination Form

Monaghan County Council to host “Celebration of Africa” open day to celebrate Africa Day 2022

Monaghan County Council has announced its plans for Africa Day 2022, which will include a Family Open Day at Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre on Saturday 28th May 2022 to celebrate the occasion.

It will be the second year that Africa Day is celebrated in Monaghan and this year will see the first event which the public are invited to attend in person. Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre which is located in Mullaghmatt in Monaghan Town will host an open day on Saturday May 28th which is open to the public and which will be a family friendly event. This event will allow participants to gain a richer understanding of the diversity of African Culture. The family open day held in the Teach na Daoine FRC will include African food, musical and dance performances.

Africa Day, which falls on Wednesday, 25th May, celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Africa Day celebrations are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.

Commenting, Packie Kelly of Teach na Daoine said: “We are delighted and very proud to host Africa Day 2022 in Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre. Our centre caters for the whole community and everyone is welcome to join us to take part in our Africa Day celebrations”.

Cllr. Aidan Campbell, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, said that “I am delighted that Teach na Daoine have partnered with Monaghan County Council and Irish Aid to organise the second Africa Day celebrations in Monaghan. Africa Day celebrations occur across the globe and celebrate Africa’s rich culture and heritage, and we are proud to celebrate Africa Day in Monaghan. This year will see the first event being open to the public and I would encourage people to come along to Teach na Daoine on 28th May where they will receive a very warm welcome”.

This year will see Ireland’s largest-ever Africa Day programme, with events being held nationwide. Africa Day 2022 will see the return of in-person events for the first time since 2019.

Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, said: “Ireland has been enriched in so many ways by the presence of a vibrant African community. Ireland’s arts, culture, business, community development, sport and so much more have been strengthened by people of African origin or descent. Africa Day is about recognising that contribution and celebrating the culture and potential of the continent as a whole.

“After two years of online events, this year will see the welcome return of in-person events nationwide. Irish Aid’s partnership with local authorities will bring the fun of Africa Day to communities around the country. I am delighted that Africa Day 2022 is set to be our biggest-ever Africa Day celebration.”

For more information visit, Teach na Daoine’s Twitter page and Monaghan County Council’s social media pages.


Contact: Barry Eaton, Social Inclusion Development Officer, Monaghan County Council. Tel: 086 3134557.


Notes to Editors:

  • Barry Eaton (Monaghan County Council) and Packie Kelly (Teach na Daoine FRC) are available for interview on request.
  • Africa Day is an international day that commemorates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. It falls on 25th May each year.
  • Irish Aid has hosted Africa Day celebrations since 2006. Activities in 2020 and 2021 were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thirty local authorities will stage events and activities to mark Africa Day 2022. Funding for these events has been provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Events will take place nationwide from 21st – 28th These events will be listed on local authorities’ social media channels and websites, as well as on