A remote work center in Tullamore was recently visited by the Rural Community Network (RCN).
RCN visited business centers and remote work centers within the ConnectedHubs.ie network and spoke to managers who shared their experiences of building and running their successful businesses, such as Mary Hensey, Business Development Manager for e-Hive, Edenderry and The Junction. in Tullamore.
The Tullamore Junction and e-Hive Edenderry provide affordable offices and offices for start-ups, entrepreneurs and those who choose to work close to home, all serviced by high-speed internet.
The hubs visited were the Hive (Carrick-on-Shannon), Mohill Enterprise Centre, The Spool Factory (Boyle), Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre; The Junction (Tullamore).
The Western Development Commission, which runs the nationwide ConnectedHubs.ie network, hosted a delegation from Northern Ireland last week to learn more about remote working policy and practice in rural Ireland.
The group included representatives from various governments and community groups such as Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, National Trust NI, Center for Cross Border Studies, Department of Rural and Community Development, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, etc.
Aidan Campbell, Policy Manager, Rural Community Network, said: “Policy and practice in Northern Ireland is at an early stage compared to the Republic, where the development of policy and practical support schemes has accompanied the roll-out physical infrastructure and improved services. “
“The two-day visit allowed us to learn more about the work of the Western Development Commission to support rural remote work and the policy environment in which this work takes place, and to engage with practitioners and learn from practitioners at multiple remote work centers.”
“This will help us as we begin to consider the policy and practical implications for Northern Ireland.”
CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin said, “The Western Development Commission was excited to enter into cross-border relationships of this nature.”