DATE: 18th December 2020
CONTACT: Gabriel O’Connell

Monaghan Integrated Development is the Local Development Company for county Monaghan a member of the Irish Local Development Network representing the 35 Local Development Companies (LDCs) that implement the LEADER programme across the Country, have welcomed the recent announcement by Minister for Social Protection, Rural & Community Affairs Heather Humphreys TD, of the arrangements for a transitional LEADER programme for 2021.

ILDN members had expressed concern recently at the lack of clarity in terms of the Government plans for LEADER ahead of the expiry of the current programme at the end of December 2020. Today’s announcement provides welcome clarity for rural areas, Local Development Companies and their staff. Commenting on the announcement, Monaghan Integrated Development CEO, Gabriel O’Connell said; “LEADER is a vitally important programme for locally-led rural development and it is crucial that it is properly resourced. The provision of funding for new projects in Communities for 2021 is indeed very welcome particularly against the backdrop of Brexit and the COVID-19 recovery. The announcement by Minister Humphreys this week allows our LDC members to drive the COVID-19 recovery in their Communities with emphasis on projects in new areas under the themes energy, climate agenda, digital transformation, building capacity of communities.”

Monaghan Integrated Development CEO, Gabriel O’Connell continued; “the measures confirmed in recent days by the Minister are timely and encouraging for community-led development in County Monaghan. The changes to the grant rate for enterprise and commercial projects from 50% to 75% is encouraging as is the confirmation of a new call for proposals under the LEADER Food initiative which will support funding for artisan, micro and small food producers. Finally the flexibilities in terms of concluding the current programme and the provision for administration and animation are all to be welcomed.”

Monaghan Integrated Development and the ILDN believe that the LEADER programme is of utmost importance to the future development of rural communities and are keen to work with the Department of Rural & Community Development and the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine in the development of the next LEADER Programme 2023-2027 and the fulfilment of the Programme for Government commitments in terms of supporting a LEADER Programme which addresses important needs of rural communities and enterprises in counties like Monaghan.


We Belong
Co. Monaghan Migrant Integration Strategy
Action Plan 2020-2023
The County Monaghan Migrant Integration strategy was launched today, November 16th 2020 by Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, Heather Humphreys.

The three year strategy, commissioned by Monaghan Integrated Development and undertaken by KW Research and Associates, sets out Monaghan Local Community Development Committee’s plan to ensure the integration of all those who live in county Monaghan.

The vision for Monaghan is one that celebrates the diversity of our communities. A county where everyone who lives, works and visits are valued, respected and supported to fully participate and contribute to their communities. We aim to achieve this goal through collaboration, interagency working and promoting values of equality, dignity and inclusion.
Many of the actions will not affect you directly, you can support integration and belonging in many other simple ways. By welcoming people from diverse backgrounds into your community, your organisation, your sports club, your school, your home. By helping them to improve their English language ability where possible. By being friendly and by being ourselves, you will be making County Monaghan a better place for all.

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Jobs Club Programme - Online Training

The Jobs Club are currently running online for 4 mornings from 10am-11.30am.  A good internet connection and access to either a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet are required to avail of this programme.

Jobs Club includes:

  • CV Preparation
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Techniques
  • Mock Interview

To find out more please contact Linda Bolger on 086-8105058 or email to

Jobs Club is free of charge and will not affect your benefits.


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Monaghan Integrated Development have created a visual map of supports and resources available across Co. Monaghan during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The map is not exhaustive and if your community group or organisation would like to be displayed please contact MID at  or 087-7189396.

For any queries relating to Covid-19 or accessing services please contact the Monaghan Community Call Helpline on 1800 804158.

Looking for work during Covid-19
  • Keep looking for work, there are still companies hiring
  • Part-time work can lead to full-time work
  • Remote working and social media are great skills to learn during this period
  • There are great online course available in all employment sectors
  • You can still network with people and employers, use social media & use your contacts, let people know you are available for work
  • If you’re in a position volunteering is a great way to support your community, adding skills and experience to your CV and connecting you with people.
If you require support with job seeking skills please contact Monaghan Local Employment Service on 047 72191

Colin Walker shares his experience of setting up in business

In times of uncertainty it can be unsettling for owners of a small business to envisage how their business will survive and grow. This is particularly relevant to the clients of Monaghan Integrated Development

However, it can also be an opportunity to think of new approaches to doing business or developing a completely new business idea

In light of this Monaghan Integrated Development asked a past client - Colin Walker to share his experience of setting up his business, the challenges he faced along his journey and how he continued to grow and diversify his business with the training and mentoring supports he availed of from MID

His story gives hope and reassurance that with the right outlook and can-do attitude a small business can overcome the challenges that these uncertain times present.


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