By Rose Barrett
Five existing hubs and broadband connection points in Fingal will benefit from €115, 000 in government funding.
As the country continues to open up, to live and work through the ongoing pandemic, this funding will enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in Fingal and across the country.
At least €75, 000 was granted to Fingal’s Base Enterprise Centre, with community centres at Applewood, Fingal Liam Rogers, Tyrellstown and Luttrellstown (where Broadband connection points are facilitated) each allocated €10,000.
The funding was granted under the #OurRuralFuture Connected Hubs Scheme to support remote working with Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announcing over €8.8m for the scheme.
Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges. Fingal’s remote working hubs look forward to participating in the new national connectedhubs.ie platform, where remote workers can book space and services in remote working hubs across the country.
The grant of €75,000 secured by Base Enterprise Centre will compliment investment already being made in the centre to upgrade its facilities and make the space within the centre more accessible and suitable to remote workers, start-up businesses and established business in the Fingal area.
The funding provided will enhance remote working infrastructure at the existing Broadband connection points listed above, and will allow for the installation of workstations, screens and technology upgrades.
These centres will provide a space for local businessmen and women, students and entrepreneurs to work remotely within their locality in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. The funding will allow for the installation of workstations, screens and technology upgrades to enhance these facilities.
Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh said: “The announcement of this funding is great news for the many Fingal workers who have discovered the benefits of remote working over the last year.
“It will allow them to work in their own locality while availing of the facilities and supports of an office environment.”
Chief Executive of Fingal, AnnMarie Farrelly said: “Fingal County Council is committed to enhancing digital opportunities in Fingal and facilitating the development of sustainable working models. We welcome this funding provided for our remote working hubs which contribute to a better work life balance, are beneficial to the local economy and assist workers to work in their local communities.”
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