Irish pubs could be turned into remote working hubs under a post-pandemic plan to give rural villages a new lease on life.
The Irish government scheme is part of a five year rural development policy, released on Monday.
Under the plan, a fifth of public servants would shift to remote or home working by the end of the year.
The government says it is an invitation to remote workers to live in rural Ireland.
It will also introduce legislation this year to give employees the right to request to work remotely.
The Irish government’s Our Rural Future strategy proposes a national network of 400 remote working hubs, including ones specifically for the public sector.
It is the first European country to come up with such a plan.
Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys said it was “the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural Ireland in decades”.
“As we emerge from Covid-19, the new policy is about maximising a recovery for all parts of the country and giving a better quality of life to people who live and work in rural areas.”
News Source: BBC News