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Kilrush Digital Hub. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Digital hubs to be pushed in Clare to aid remote working

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*The Kilrush digital hub. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Extra emphasis is to be placed on utilising digital hubs in Co Clare in an attempt to aid more individuals working remotely during COVID-19.

Clare County Council currently operates four digital hubs which are located in Kilrush, Feakle, Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon. Hubs are to reopen to the public with social distancing in place.

Director of Service with Clare County Council, Leonard Cleary told a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, “there is further potential in that area” and that it forms part of their desire to work with businesses locally during COVID-19.

Less work desks will be in place than which have been typically been present across the county’s four hubs to comply with HSE guidelines. “It will help people to work remotely and it highlights the opportunity for people to work remotely”.

Urban McMahon, Head of IT with the local authority is now moving full-time into a role focused on the hubs. A further appointment on having an individual focused on the rolling out of broadband is expected.

Commitment has previously been voiced by the Council to expanding its network of digital hubs. A large-scale broadband hub in Ennis had been expected to be completed in the coming months.

Hot-desks for short-term use and co-working space for regular use are some of the facilities available in the Council hubs.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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