Providing superfast broadband guarantees and grants and tax cuts to people who want to live in small towns and villages are among the key elements of the Government’s plan to reverse the decline and decline of population over generations in rural Ireland.
Several Ministers called the plan “transformational” during its launch at Croke Park in Dublin on Monday, and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan said it was the most important change for rural Ireland since decades of electrification plan to bring electrical power to every home. In the state.
At the center of the plan are policies that will encourage workers to stay and move in the Irish countryside with thousands.
The government plans to have 400 telework facilities with high-speed broadband throughout the State; ensuring that 20 percent of the public service works remotely; and a concerted move to encourage people to settle in town and village centers instead of one-off residences, under the first policy in the euro 1 billion town.
Eye-catching initiatives include a plan to use rural bars as hubs throughout the day, and a new law that will give employees the right to request work from home.
Details of individual financial packages will not be disclosed until the October budget.
About a third of the population of Ireland lives in rural Ireland, and half when all villages and rural towns with a population of over 1500 are taken into account.
Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the plan will address regional imbalance.
“The government’s vision is for a rural Ireland that is an integral part of our national economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being and development,” he said.
When asked why no costs were added to the plan, Minister of Rural Development Heather Humphreys said it was a comprehensive strategy that revealed opportunities.
“For decades we’ve seen global trends where young people leave their local communities to live and work in larger cities. Once we get out of Covid-19, we will never have a better opportunity to reverse this longstanding trend.
The transition to remote work, supported by the dissemination of the National Broadband Plan, has the potential to transform Ireland’s countryside like never before.
“It will allow people to work from their local communities, revitalize our urban centers, reduce commute times, reduce transport emissions and – most importantly – improve the quality of life for our people,” he said.
When asked when the 400 broadband hubs and co-working spaces will be delivered, he said no exact date has yet been set.
Many said they spoke with the Federation of Irish Vintners about using rural bars, which were not open during the week, as community centers throughout the day, and they responded positively.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that after the Covid-19 outbreak, many workers would return to their offices and “be pleased with it”.
However, he said blended work would become the norm. He said working from home a few days a week would reduce commute times and transport emissions.
Ryan said the broadband plan will be completed within a seven-year timeframe, emphasizing only the transition as an important part of the strategy.
He said the government’s investment in climate action will bring new business opportunities to rural communities in areas such as renewable energy, empowerment and sustainable agriculture and tourism.
Asked about the broadband plan, Ryan said 196,000 homes were investigated, 290 broadband hotspots were installed across the state, and 70,000 homes would be connected by the end of the year, especially in Cavan and Cork.
The four Ministers pointed to the potential of a green economy such as renewable energy and tourism. They referred to the popularity of green roads. Humphreys pointed to adventure tourism.
Another action in the strategy is to develop “dark sky” tourism where people can see the night sky with minimal light pollution.
Mr. Varadkar said the current development plan envisions 200,000 more people living in the Irish countryside by 2040.