Leitrim businessman who helped set up ManorHUB says remote working centres is way to go

A north Leitrim businessman who was a driving force behind the setting up of a remote working hub in the town seven years ago is welcoming moves by the government to start identifying areas in the country for such hubs.

Ronan Haslette, managing director at the Merenda plant in Manorhamilton, says people can’t work from remote areas unless they have the infrastructure and services they need, including childcare.

He was speaking as the government is to begin identifying the most suitable locations for remote working hubs across the country.

According to the Irish Independent, the Department of Enterprise is working with the Central Statistics Office to produce a new national map pinpointing existing broadband hubs and childcare facilities across the country.

The aim is to highlight places where there is both good broadband and childcare, making them suitable as areas for remote working hubs.

It’s as workers across the country are returning to their offices, with some opting for a hybrid model involving both home and office working.

It’s believed the government is to agree to a right to REQUEST home-working rather than a right to work from home.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Ronan Haslette says a lot of towns in the north west are suited for the establishment of such remote working hubs.