Saturday, May 16, 2020

An editorial in today’s Irish Times has generated some conversation about whether or not there are elements of lockdown life that might be worth retaining when things return to whatever will pass for normal in the future.

Certainly one aspect that’s like to become a regular feature of Irish working life is much more working from home, though figures from the 2016 Census would suggest that already, Roscommon is ahead of the curve in this regard.

The data, publicly available on http://census.cso.ie/sapmap2016/, would suggest that at the time of the nationwide study, 68% of all Roscommon schoolchildren and working adults travelled less than 30 minutes to their place of employment or school, and that number was 73.2% of those respondents who actually gave an answer to the question.

This contrasted with a national average of 61.1% (66% of those who responded) while that number dipped as low as 55% in traditional commuter counties like Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

At the other end of the scale, just 7.6% of Roscommon children and adults face a daily commute of over an hour each way, compared to a national average of just under 10%. Perhaps in this regard, Roscommon is leading the way forward for the rest of the country to follow?

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