Latest Laois News: Mountmellick’s ‘Webmill’ now included in Connected Hubs Network

Latest Laois News: Mountmellick’s ‘Webmill’ now included in Connected Hubs Network

The Junction in Tullamore and The Webmill in Mountmellick included in the Connected Hubs Network.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched the Connected Hubs Network, Ireland’s first national network of remote working hubs. is a key action of Our Rural Future and will see over 100 hubs connected by the end of 2021.

Already, 66 hubs across the country are on board and are accessible to remote workers via an online map.

This number will rise to over 100 by the end 2021 with the overall target of 400 set to be exceeded.

Further to the press release below, Minister Pippa Hackett would like to add the following statement:

“I’m delighted to see The Junction in Tullamore and The Webmill in Mountmellick included in the Connected Hubs Network. This is part of revitalising rural Ireland. Every worker who chooses to relocate to these areas becomes part of the community and adds to the local economy. These are the jobs of the future and they will enable our young people to live and work in our towns and villages.”

Sean Fleming TD Minister of State at the Department of Finance welcomed the news that Bloom HQ Mountrath  & The Webmill Mountmellick as follows;

“It is great to see Mountrath and Mountmellick are in the first group of 66 hubs to be connected to the new network.”

Announcing the launch of the network in Swinford, Co Mayo, Minister Humphreys said:

“Remote Working is a key committment of ‘Our Rural Future’, the most ambitious policy for Rural Ireland in decades.

Webmill now included in Connected Hubs Network

“Today, we are demonstrating the action behind that policy through the launch of Connected Hubs.

“Hub working can support the development of employment opportunities and career paths in rural areas. This will help to give young people the choice to stay closer to home while pursuing their careers and also to encourage people living in cities to consider moving to a more rural location. ”

“Throughout this pandemic, so many of us have experienced the benefits of remote working – reduced commutes, more time spent with your family, increased footfall in towns, a lower carbon footprint.

“As we look to the reopening of our country, I am determined that we make remote working a permanent and viable reality for thousands of people.

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Mountmellick’s Webmill now included in Connected Hubs Network

“The Connected Hubs Network provides the perfect opportunity for workers and employers to embrace a ‘blended working’ model, and to find the balance of hub, home and office working that works best for them.”

The Minister concluded:

“I would urge all existing or new hubs to become members of Connected Hubs. In addition to availing of the excellent platform and supports unveiled today, by having your details included in the National Hub Survey you can help Government to identify the scale of our nation’s remote working infrastructure. This information will help to guide and inform future investment decisions in future.

“I would also like to remind hub managers of two funding streams which I recently launched, the €5m Connected Hubs fund for existing hubs and the €15m Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living as outlined in Our Rural Future.

“I will also be making an announcement regarding the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund in the coming months.”

The National Hub Network Working Group led by the Department of Rural and Community Development has identified and mapped close to 400 remote working hubs across the country. These hubs will be invited to join the Connected Hubs Network to create shared infrastructure that will deliver real benefits across the country. A National Hub survey is currently underway to gather further information with regard to services offered by these hubs.