‘Location and cost are key’: Finding the right remote working hub, from Portlaoise to Buttevant

The post-pandemic demand for remote working spaces has been slower than expected, but later lie-ins, shorter commute times and cheaper rents are beginning to win over employers and employees alike

Co-working spaces provide an opportunity to work locally and avoid a lengthy commute. Illustration: Getty

Valerie O’Connell’s alarm used to go off at 5am. She would get up, have a quick breakfast and leave home for Dublin at 5.45am to avoid the heavy commuter traffic. She would park her car between 7.30am and 8am at St Stephen’s Green car park, in order to arrive at her recruitment job on time. If she left an hour later, it could be 10am before she got to the car park.

She was one ...