Investment in Remote Working is Critical for Meath
Aontú Leader & Meath-West TD Peadar Tóibín has called on the government to end the monopolisation on jobs and resources Dublin has, and to bring back jobs, investment and infrastructure to Meath and other areas outside the M50.
“Perhaps one of the few positives of the Coronavirus pandemic, has been to show us that remote working can work and that by doing so we can take significant steps towards alleviating the commuter crises in our home counties. In Meath, more people leave the county for work every day than remain in the county which is compounded by the absence of reliable public transport and the gridlock commuters regularly face. This has an adverse knock-on effect upon family life, upon local businesses, upon the well-being of our county. Remote working can help to turn this tide, but only with increased investment and better infrastructure”.
As Chair of the Meath On Track campaign, Deputy Tóibín has been at the forefront of the fight to get the trainline extended to Navan and to boost public transport in the county. “To facilitate remote working even partially for workers, there needs to be adequate public transport should they need to work away from home on occasion. Furthermore, there needs to be significant investment in IT infrastructure and hubs to allow for jobs that allow for remote working to be brought to Meath. There needs to be digital equality. Talk of regional development is cheap, investment is what really matters."
Regions outside of Dublin have been starved of investment and jobs for far too long. Communities, families, and SMEs have borne the brunt of the ‘all roads lead to Dublin’ approach of this government. Now is the time to reverse this damaging cycle, and restore jobs, investment and infrastructure to Meath and other areas. The government needs to step up and invest to facilitate this return and to foster regional development.