Funding for a remote working project in Ballinasloe approved under the Just Transition Fund will help attract key investment and create sustainable job opportunities, a Galway-Roscommon senator has said.
Senator Aisling Dolan said she is “absolutely delighted” with close to half a million euro investment for her hometown Ballinasloe.
Speaking after the Cabinet approved funding of €490,747 for Pulse Remote Hubs in the area, she said that this is the largest funding to date for BACD.
“I’ve worked closely with a number of the groups and with the BACD team on this proposal,” said Senator Dolan.
“It will bring jobs with people working from remote working hubs based in the middle of town and this is a vote of confidence in Ballinasloe as a location for investment.”
Pulse Hubs will lead to the creation of co-working and remote working spaces in Ballinasloe, supporting people in the catchment area of East Galway, South Roscommon, West Offaly, Westmeath and North Tipperary to work remotely.
According to Senator Dolan, the funding will breathe life into existing premises and establish a dynamic network to drive enterprise, innovation and start-ups.
“This overall funding of €27.8 million is so important as it will support communities in the West and Midlands who have been impacted by Just Transition and make this region a location for green and sustainable investment,” she said.
“The funding will build on previous Just Transition funding for co-working hubs in Moore as well as significant funding for neighbouring Action Group allocated €400,000 under this fund as well as over €1 million for the LIR Bog Visitor Attraction project based in Shannonbridge across the three counties of Roscommon, Offaly and Westmeath.
“This is a fantastic commitment to the future of Shannonbridge.”