The Government has announced new measures to support remote working including the second phase of a voucher scheme for local digital hubs.

It will see remote workers registered at receive three free vouchers for workspaces.

During phase one of the scheme more than 3,300 vouchers were used.

There are 284 remote working hubs across the country. Workers can book an office or desk space in their local hub through the 'Connected Hubs' app and the average cost of using the hubs is between €15-20 a day.

The second phase of the voucher scheme will run from now until the end of the year.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, announced the new phase of the scheme during a live panel discussion on remote working at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

"It was fantastic to hear the really excellent feedback from hub managers and users about phase one of the voucher scheme," Ms Humphreys said.

"This is all about giving people the opportunity to achieve a much better work-life balance through the benefits of their local digital hub," she added.

Ms Humphreys also announced that €1.1 million has been provided to local authorities through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme this year to support marketing campaigns to attract remote workers to locations across rural Ireland.

A National Hub Summit is to take place in Co Roscommon on 24 November which will bring together hub managers, representative bodies, state agencies and government departments to discuss remote working and map out the future of the National Hub Network.