Collins welcomes over €400,000 in funding for remote working projects across Limerick

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LIMERICK County TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, has welcomed €404,687 in funding for remote working projects across Limerick.

The announcement was made under the Connected Hubs Scheme which saw a total of €8.8 million of funding being announced that will benefit 117 remote working projects nationwide.

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Successful projects in Limerick include €81,900 in funding for Limerick County Council, €67,497.88 in funding for Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre, €230,450 in funding for Innovate Limerick and €24,840 in funding for Galbally GAA BCP.

Minister Collins commented, “Hubs are ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages across Limerick. By investing in these hubs and in our towns and villages, it will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in our rural communities.”

The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in every region across Ireland.

Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges.

The funding will support a wide range of relevant works nationwide, including the expansion of existing hubs,  installation of privacy booths, access control and security systems, the conversion of existing open plan space to modular offices, and provision of enhanced audio visual, networking and conferencing facilities.

Lead Applicant  

 

Connected Hubs Funding  

 

Description  

 

Limerick County Council   €81,900.00   This application will provide upgrades to 13 BCPs in County Limerick. Askeaton, Caherline, Cappamore, Ardagh, Carrowbane Beg, Spittle, Abbeyfeale, Barrysfarm, Kildimo, Patrickswell, Rathkeale, Shanagolden and Glenmore East. Although a small offering compared to other applications, this is an example of how remote working which is already in place albeit on a small scale will be up scaled and developed in a rural area. Key elements include: Installation of Data Access Control to allow for extended opening hours; Installation of security system; Audio visual facilities; Energy efficiency upgrade; Disability access upgrade; Upgrade of meeting rooms; Upgrade of external signage.
Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre  €67,497.88   The proposed work to the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre (HEAC) will comprise of four elements to enhance the usability of building and its facilities for both existing resident-clients and external clients from enterprise centres in the National Hubs Network. These works will enable the remote booking of spaces in HEAC, provide secure controlled access to the building; and booking of video-conferencing equipment.
Innovate Limerick  €230,450.00   This Multi-hub application will expand on and improve remote working facilities in 6 existing hubs in Limerick City and County including; Innovate Limerick – Limerick City, The Yard Workspace – Newcastle West, Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), Innovation Hub – Roxboro,  Croom Enterprise Centre – Croom, The Development Centre – Kilfinane, Co Limerick Implementation will be overseen by Innovate Limerick.
Galbally GAA BCP 

 

€24,840.00  

 

Proposal will see 2 rooms upgraded in the BCP in order to provide remote working infrastructure which will be available to the local community. Privacy booths will also be installed in both rooms as a part of this proposal.