#Our Rural Future – Minister Humphreys announces €5m Connected Hubs Fund

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €5 million Connected Hubs Fund

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  • Fund to support development of Ireland’s first National Hub Network
  • Investment in hot-desks, office spaces and meeting rooms to promote remote working
  • Electric car charging points, upgrades to disability access and IT improvements also supported
  • Minister Humphreys: Fund represents key step towards making remote working a reality

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched a new five million euro fund to support the development of Ireland’s first national network of remote working hubs.

The Connected Hubs Fund will expand existing hub facilities, providing additional hot desks, office spaces and meeting rooms for remote working.

The funding will be used to install electric car charging points, upgrade disability access and improve IT facilities located within hubs or Broadband Connection Points (BCPs).

And it will also assist in making existing hubs more compliant with social distancing guidelines.

The Connected Hubs Fund will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new five year policy for rural Ireland.

Our Rural Future recognises hubs and BCPs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.

This fund is a central part of the Government’s strategy to create a nationwide network of hubs that will be accessible via an online app.

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