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Press Release: 30th March 2020
Monaghan County Council takes the lead in joining together local organisations to assist citizens during Covid-19
Dedicated community support helpline to be available from Tuesday 31st March
At The instigation of Minister Murphy a Covid-19 Community Response Forum will be put in place for each City/County and co-ordinated by the Local Authority in each case.
A dedicated community support helpline will be established in County Monaghan to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new COVID-19 Monaghan Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.
Included in the COVID-19 Monaghan Community Response Forum are:
· Monaghan County Council
· Health Service Executive
· Community Champion
· An Post
· Community Welfare Service
· An Garda Síochána
· Tusla
· Monaghan Integrated Development
· Local Volunteer Centre
· Red Cross
· Civil Defence
· Public Participation Network
· Age Friendly Network
· Local Link
· Citizen’s Information
· Alone
· Migrant Forum
· Religious Organisations
The new phoneline is just one aspect of the Forum’s work. Its core aim is contributing to the community-wide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Monaghan County Council, through this group, will ensure that the wide variety of groups working across the county to assist those in need,
will do so in an organised, collaborative and targeted way. The Council’s COVID-19 Community Response Forum is there to ensure the very best use of the many resources assisting vulnerable persons with their daily needs at this unprecedented time, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support and contact.
Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O’Sullivan, explains
“There are a number of agencies currently doing excellent work in delivering care to older and vulnerable people in our communities. These groups are currently operating independently of each other and Monaghan County Council’s role is to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much needed services to our more vulnerable citizens across the County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Monaghan County Council is ideally placed both statutorily and regionally to channel this great work and provide the governance structure in partnership with all stakeholders. This public health crisis has changed life for so many, and we are there to help with that change. Our own staff whose day-jobs have changed due to this crisis, will be a key resource in the management and operation of this community support programme along with our partner agencies/groups. Set to come into effect from Tuesday 31st March, Monaghan County Council is providing a dedicated FREE contact number 1 800 804 158 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.”
Contact details of this new service will be promoted on An information leaflet including the new freephone number and other information will be distributed around the county, particularly to vulnerable households, over the coming days.
Any other queries regarding COVID-19 can be sent to .

MyWelfare: Quick and Easy Online Application Process for Everyone
The Department’s online portal is by far the easiest and quickest way for all customers to apply.
All a customer needs is their email address, PPSN and bank account details.
Now on all customers can;
  • Apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment;
  • Apply for Enhanced Illness Benefit for Covid-19 including for self-isolation cases;
  • Apply for a jobseeker’s payment; and
  • Request to close their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
All you need is, an email address, a bank account and a PPSN. Simply go onto the Covid-19 Services section of the website and apply for the payment. You will have to set up an account but it is a simple and straight forward process.
This online channel enables the Department to quickly process applications, while being convenient, safe and easy for individuals to use.

There are a number of companies in Co. Monaghan looking for staff at the moment, for more information on any of the jobs listed below, contact Teresa in the Jobs Club on 042 9748090 or go to the or websites.
Companies Recruiting in Co. Monaghan through Website
 Company Name  Vacancy
 Pat The Baker  Relief van sales driver
 Manor Farm,  Shercock  General Operative
 Homesavers,  Nationwide  Warehouse Operatives, Merchandisers, Sales Assistants and Supervisors
 Mr. Price,  Nationwide  Various positions available
 Supervalu,  Monaghan  Sales Assistant
 Allcare Pharmacy,  Nationwide       Pharmacy Sales Assistant
 HSE,  Nationwide  Admin Staff, various Healthcare and Non-Healthcare positions, Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor
 LIDL,  Monaghan  Customer Assistant
 Kerry Food, Carrickmacross  General/Production Operatives
 Newbrook Group, Monaghan  Healthcare Assistant
 Cavan Monaghan ETB  Cleaner
 Defense Forces,  Nationwide  Various positions available
For more information, please call Teresa on 042-9748090 or to apply for these jobs, please go to
Monaghan County Council Vacancy Administrative Officer Grade VII (apply through Monaghan County Council website:
Companies Recruiting in Co. Monaghan through Website
 Company Name Vacancy
 Warehouse Operatives, a Weekend Worker,
 Warehouse Manager/Team Leader/E-Commerce Operations Manager/Maintenance Engineer/
 Fitter/Welder/E-Commerce Product Lister & Systems Administrator
 Tesco,  Monaghan    Customer Assistant
 Connected Health,  Monaghan    Volunteer Carers/Healthcare Assistant
 Applegreen store,  Monaghan  Deli Assistant
 Excel Recruitment  Retail Assistant
 Recruitment Plus  Food Operative//Building Surveyor
 Empire Recruitment  General Operative/Factory Cleaner
 Sparktel Recruitment  Food Production Operative
 Swift Fine Foods  Factory Cleaner/Industrial Wash Person/Forklift Driver/Yard Person
 Boyle Sports  Various Retail Positions
 Osbourne Recruitment  Contracts Manager
 Finmore Group  Food Operations Manager
 IFAC Financial Planning  Financial Advisor
 Westcare Homestead Ltd.  Community Home Support Worker/Community Healthcare Assistant
 MDE Installations Ltd.  Electrician: Approved Installer
 RFC Security Ltd.  Retail Security Guard
 AllPro Recruitment  Accounts Administrator
 Home Instead Senior Care  Caregivers required in Co. Monaghan
 FRS Recruitment  Sales Assistant (DIY/Tools)
 Homecare Independent Living  Care Assistant (Castleblayney/Monaghan)
 CS Agri Recruitment Ltd  Mushroom Picker
 Sales Sense  Vodafone Sales Assistant
For more information, please call Teresa on 042-9748090 or to apply for these jobs, please go to

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Jobs Club One to One Service

The Jobs Club are providing a one to one service to clients via telephone and email to assist with:-

  • CV Preparation & Advice
  • Job Applications
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Preparation & Techniques
  • Mock Interview

If you require any assistance, please contact Teresa on 042-9748090 or email to


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COVID-19 Information and advice for taxpayers and agents - Information, guidance and advice is available to assist taxpayers, and their agents, experiencing a range of difficulties caused by the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. For more details Click Here 
Information on the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme for employers can be found at the following link: Click Here


Good Morning Monaghan is a free phone call service, which aims to provide security and friendship to elderly people living in Co. Monaghan. The service operates 5 days per week; Mon-Friday and our team of friendly callers are on hand to chat to members of the community who may need it. 
Who is it for?
The service is available to:
  • Older people or individuals who may feel lonely, isolated and vulnerable.
  • People with chronic illness.
  • Anyone who cannot engage in an active way in the wider community.
How does it work?
  • Your friendly caller will chat to you about your day and will check on how you are feeling. You decide how often you wish to receive calls.
  • If you do not answer the phone after several attempts, the caller will phone a member of your family, neighbour or friend to check that you are ok.
  • If you need other services (such as grocery deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis, we will provide assistance to you on this).
How to apply
You can register by completing the below application form or contact Caoimhe on or 087 7189396.

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If you are reading this message this is your chance to take part in the battle against the Corona Virus. 
We are asking you to circulate the important information below to your community group, neighbours and friends and to ask them to pass it on to others in their networks. It includes:
2.       Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms. Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop.
We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.
Our MID team are working as usual and you can email us or call our offices to assist you with advice or queries on our supports. 
We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.
The Manangement and staff of MID

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Issued by the Government Press Office
20 March 2020

Minister Ring launches COVID-19 Government Action Plan To Support The Community Response

Today (20 March 2020) Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr. Michael Ring, TD, and Minister of State for Community Affairs Sean Canney
launched the COVID-19 Government Action Plan to support the Community response.
This Action Plan, which has been put together in partnership with other Government Departments, State Agencies and our extensive network of community and voluntary organisations, sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19.


The 3 key initiatives are:
  • Letting people know how and where they volunteer through our partnership with Volunteer Ireland and our network of Volunteer Centres
  • To provide community supports for older people by providing funding to ALONE for their crisis telephone support line and follow through practical supports
  • Launching an email helpdesk facility from today (20 March) in the Department of Rural and Community Development to assist smaller community groups with their queries

Government has committed to putting the required funding and resources in place immediately and Minister Ring’s Department will be working with our partners to implement the measures on the ground as quickly as possible. Work in this regard has already commenced.

The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis will require the re-prioritisation, and re-direction of activities, new contingency arrangements to maintain and support critical services, and new flexibilities in the use of resources in the community and voluntary sector.

Minister Ring said: ‘I want to assure everyone that the Government is taking every possible action to pre-empt and prepare for the challenges we are facing now and for the ones that lie ahead. We are most fortunate that we have the people, the organisations, the systems and the goodwill already in place and we will be supportive and flexible in our approach.

Minister Canney said: “We have the Public Participation Network, Volunteer Centres, sporting bodies, farming organisations, community councils and other stakeholders and agencies all in place.

“We are now providing a focus for people so our national community efforts will be co-ordinated for optimum effect. Now is the time for the big meitheal. Now is the time to demonstrate once again our ability as a nation to help each other and look after the most vulnerable in our communities.”

This Action Plan, which has been put together in partnership with other Government Departments, State Agencies and our extensive network of community and voluntary organisations, sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19. Minister Ring also drew attention to his Department’s Seniors Alert Scheme, which provides monitored alarms for older people to enable them to live safely and securely in their homes.

There are now approximately 80,000 of these alarms in the community and the Minister urged older people who have them to ensure they are activated. “Maybe you got a pendant alarm a few years ago but it’s lying forgotten in a drawer somewhere … now is the time to find it and contact your local community organisation to ensure it’s activated,” the Minister said.

The Minister also reminded people to only use information received from official sources. “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level,” the Minister said. “In this context, my Department has a role to play in fostering the links that bring communities together as we are aware of how strengthening community links helps to improve preparedness and responsiveness in emergencies.
It is also really important to remember that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither volunteers nor those in need are put at risk.’

The dedicated Helpdesk service to registered community organisations is c& 


Important notice from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection...
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)

Revised payment arrangements with immediate effect

Where self-employed participants of BTWEA have to cease trading because of the impact of social distancing, they can continue to receive their BTWEA weekly payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. No further action is required from the customer where they wish to continue on the scheme.

Where a participant in year two of their claim presents with financial difficulty (in receipt of a reduced 75% rate of payment), an adjustment can be made to their weekly rate on ISTS to revert to the year one rate of their claim (i.e. increase to 100%).

Where a customer’s BTWEA ends following the 2 year period they can be advised to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Jobseekers supports.


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