THERE has been an enthusiastic welcome for a new focus on attracting remote workers to rural settings like Kerry and there is optimism that it will revitalize town centres through job creation, allow public servants to work in their local areas and target 400 IDA investments for region locations to create jobs.
The policy recommends the provision of financial supports to local authorities to bring vacant properties in town centres back to life as remote working hubs.
The five-year plan aims to deliver investment programmes for rural towns and villages through the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and an enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The immediate goal of this blueprint is to help rural Ireland to recover from the impacts of Covid-19, enable long-term development of rural areas, and create more resilient rural economies and communities for the future.
Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley said, it will provide a major boost, not just for the people in Kerry but for those who wish to return and work in a rural setting.
“We have all adapted to new ways of working over the course of the pandemic and this blueprint will afford people the opportunity to rediscover local communities without having to change their career path,” she said.