More digital workspaces could help smaller towns around Donegal take advantage of Brexit, according to Cllr Gary Doherty.
The Stranorlar area Sinn Féin councillor has called for more buildings to be turned into co-working spaces to help ease economic stagnation in villages.
Speaking at the county council’s monthly meeting, Cllr Doherty said that facilities such as Letterkenny’s CoLab could help border towns, namely Lifford and Castlefinn, reap the benefits of Brexit.
Cllr Doherty added that he believes the towns are geographically positioned to take advantage of Brexit for companies that want to keep a foot on both sides of the border.
He suggested that existing vacant buildings would be transformed into spaces for hot desks for people who are working in multinational companies in larger towns, which would have a knock-on effect due to increased footfall locally.
In their response, the council said that co-working facilities are a practical option for smaller centres rather than Digital Hubs. However, they are all reliant on broadband capability.
Area manager Mr Garry Martin said that LEADER funding could be sought for these kinds of initiatives and the council will assist community groups in developing their cases as appropriate.Tags: