Ireland has chosen 24 towns where old cinemas, hotels, courthouses and convents will be renovated and converted to new remote working hubs.
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced that €75million will be pumped into this project.
This plan of creating new remote working hubs is a part of the bigger €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development plan. This includes development and renovation of green zones, pedestrian zones and outdoor spaces.
“Just three weeks ago, the Government launched Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades. “Today we are putting that policy firmly into action and delivering major investment aimed at town center regeneration and supporting remote working. “These projects will breathe new life into towns and villages across the country making them attractive and vibrant places for people to live, work, socialize and raise a family.””Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development
New Remote Working Hubs in Ireland
- Ballybofey-Stranolar, Co. Donegal (€8.78m) : Old Ritz Cinema Heritage Building restoration and conversion into a 1,400sq.m Remote Working Hub.
- Ballymahon, Co. Longford (€6m) : Three historic town center buildings to be restored – the former convent building, the old Boys School and the former Dean Egan Library. These will be converted into a Co-Working Space, a Youth Hub and a Community Centre.
- Youghal Co. Cork (€4m) : Buildings on the main street will be transformed into a new library and remote learning hub.
- The Thurles Market Quarter, Co Tipperary (€2.8m) : Renovation of a 19th Century vacant agriculture building and car park and its conversion to the new Thurles Market Quarter. The new Quarter will also have a designated market space, a space for events and a Café.
- New Remote Working Hub on Iveragh Peninsula, Co Kerry (€2m) : A new Digital Hub that will be a workspace for up to 50 people on the peninsula. This Hub will be apt for remote learning and upskilling programs and for providing remote working space for remote workers residing in the surrounding region.
These are just few of the many initiatives taken by Ireland in the direction of the new way of working.
Ireland is walking the talk. From converting old buildings and vacant banks to now renovating towns to provide new remote working hubs to digital nomads, the country is doing it all. The plan is promising and we hope that the end result delivers this promise. For now, all seems to be going in the right direction and if it continues to, there’s a lot on offer for remote workers!
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