Growing demand for remote-working hubs in North Dublin – Senator

by Rose Barrett
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A Fingal Senator has highlighted the demand for remote-working hubs in North County Dublin, to cater for “the exponential growth” of towns and villages, writes Rose Barrett. .

Senator Regina Doherty (FG) said: “Fingal continues to be one of the fastest-growing regions in Ireland, with preliminary Census results showing a population increase of 7.6 per cent compared to 2016 figures. The latest results showed the exponential growth of Balbriggan and Swords in particular, which in addition to their size are also two of Ireland’s youngest towns in terms of the mean age of its inhabitants.

“We are also seeing rapid growth of housing estates in towns like Lusk. Often hailed as the “gateway to Dublin”, we know that the North County is home to an enormous commuting population. At a time, post-pandemic, when we are seeking to promote work/life balance through the facilitation of remote working, the demographics of our region point to a demand for more remote working hubs in Fingal. Last year in particular, Fingal County Council led the way on this front through its support for the Connected Hubs initiative, as well as groups like GrowRemote.”

Senator Doherty has writeen to John Quinlivan, Fingal’s Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development, to ask that he consider carrying out a survey to assess the needs of workers across Fingal, and the level of demand for more remote working hubs in the area.

“Should the results of that survey suggest a significant demand for remote working hubs – which I believe there to be –there are a number of vacant buildings in the North County that would be ideal for remote working hubs. One of these, for example, is the old Credit Union building in Donabate, Ballisk House, which is now under the ownership of Fingal County Council I’m calling on FCC to identify suitable existing sites in our towns and villages to locate new remote working hubs”, concluded Senator Doherty.

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