Evolution of working patterns, accelerated due to the pandemic have highlighted the benefits and possibilities of remote and hybrid working. Policy makers are paying more attention and rural communities in Northern Ireland are starting to take action to develop remote working hubs.
In certain regards, the implementation of policy on remote working is at a different stage in the Republic of Ireland, with initiatives being taken forward through the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), and research and practical implementation through the Western Development Commission (WDC).
Operated by The National Hub Network, a Government of Ireland initiative, ConnectedHubs.ie has been established to provide a vehicle for individual hubs to come together under a shared identity to maximise the economic opportunity of remote working. There are now around 300 hubs listed.
- Lessons from the work in developing remote working hubs in Ireland
- Policy around development of remote working hubs in Northern Ireland
- Actions needed to better support rural communities take next steps
We will hear from officials and practitioners north and south and also engage in small group discussion on the actions needed to further support and develop rural remote working here.