Gaeltacht Digital Hub Network Boosts Remote Work

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A new digital hub opened on Inis Meáin, one of the Aran Islands on 30th April.

It’s part of the Gteic network of digital innovation centres that Darás na Gaeltachta is building across Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions.

Five co-working areas and high-speed broadband are included in the new Inis Meáin centre, which cost more than €550,000 to build.

Workers will be able to utilize the Carcair na Leacht Community Centre’s amenities, which include conference rooms, a canteen, reception, and other communal areas.

The new centre is expected to provide a gathering place for the community and local companies, as well as provide remote working options on the island. Entrepreneurs will be able to use it for training and research and development initiatives.

“This digital hub will be a wonderful resource for Inis Meáin. It will provide opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs on the island and also encourage people to consider returning to the island or starting a company here. A development like this is very timely given the new possibilities that have emerged for remote working.”TD, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht

In 2019, Darás na Gaeltachta began rolling out the Gteic network in an effort to “reinvigorate” Ireland’s Irish-speaking areas. Across seven Gaeltacht counties, the State agency aimed to give more than 500 desk spaces for entrepreneurs, remote employees, and enterprises.

There are currently 28 Gteic hubs open or on the verge of launching in Gaelteacht districts, thanks to the new Inis Meáin space.

It’s one of six digital hubs created in the Galway Gaeltacht, connecting places in An Spidéal and An Cheathr Rua. Another digital hub is planned for the Aran Islands, with the goal of launching a Gteic on Inis Mór in the near future.

“Gteic@Inis Meáin will greatly enhance community life and business on the island and remote working opportunities will encourage the Gaeltacht diaspora to return home and experience a different pace of life. This Gaeltacht digital network, which is being developed throughout the Gaeltacht, will empower communities on Gaeltacht islands.”Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta

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