Published on March 29, 2021, Our Rural Future is rural development policy of the Ireland’s Government for a post-COVID-19 recovery and development of rural Ireland over the next five years (2021-2025) that provides the framework to achieve the vision of transforming the quality of life and opportunity for people living in rural areas.
Ireland is the first country to make such a suggestion as part of its post-pandemic vision. The Our Rural Future itself sets out a blueprint for the development of rural Ireland over the next five years. It is supported by 150 commitments across Government, which will address the challenges facing communities and deliver new opportunities for people living in rural areas.
With its vision for a thriving rural Ireland which is integral to national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development, 400 remote working hubs are to be set up across the country to encourage people to leave cities to live in towns and villages, with some designated specifically for public sector workers.
As part of the proposal, a fifth of public servants would shift to remote or home working by the end of 2021. Relocation grants and tax incentives for remote working are also being considered by Government of Ireland.
As part of the Irish government’s rural development policy Our Rural Future’s idea, the Irish pubs could also be transformed into remote work hubs as part of the country’s plans for rural villages after the Covid-19 pandemic. The plan will also offer grants to publicans to convert their pub into a part-time community space in which hubs can be established.