FUNDING of €280,890 has been announced for five remote broadband connected hubs in Waterford under the Government’s latest announcement for the ‘Our Rural Future Scheme.
Senator John Cummins has welcomed the announcement that will see significant upgrades to five hubs in Dungarvan, Ballyphilip, Ballynaneashagh and two hubs in Waterford City. The proposed works within the five hubs include improved and more efficient remote working spaces, installation of privacy booths, energy savings and improvements.
Senator Cummins said, “The funding announced will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in key locations across the county, in a time when more and more people are choosing to work remotely these hubs offer great opportunity to those who make this choice. The Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges.”
He added that, “One positive of the Covid-19 pandemic is that is has provided a golden opportunity for a greater regional distribution of jobs to support a better work life balance for many people and the investment announced today will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in our rural communities across Waterford, which is most welcome.”
Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, also welcomed the investment, while pointing towards the changing work practices brought about by the pandemic.
“Covid has changed so much about how we live and work, with so much of our work moving online. This expansion of remote and blended working represents a huge opportunity for Waterford. We have a quality of life here in the Southeast second to none, and investment of this kind will make it increasingly possible for people to make the choice to live in the region while working, really, anywhere in the world.
“Connected Hubs allow that flexibility to have a well-connected, well-serviced work setting separate from home, but close to home. This has huge benefits in terms of cutting commutes, reducing emission and also in revitalising the fabric of our communities. This is a welcome step forward, and I look forward to seeing the results of this significant investment.”