That would rapidly cause internal migration to occur as economic migrants move from the remote backlands of Roscommon into the cities, it that's the plan, it would probably work.
That won't work because as we know there is NOWHERE to PUT them in the limited number of towns and cities that are growing because there is economic activity there. Even the cities with less work and more accomodation available ( Limerick and Waterford) cannot possibly help cope with a strategy of programmed depopulation.
So Roscommon people will simply have to remain in Roscommon, most of them.
And now to Taipeir and 'growth poles'
You are not wrong.
In terms of alternatives to Dublin I think that Ireland should encourage the expansion of towns like athlone to become true cities to take the loading off Dublin.
Investment in Cork should also be ramped up to gain more critical mass.
If you look at census data you will see that the sweet spot for a 'growable' town seems to be around 20k persons and a reasonable hinterland. This explains why Athlone is growing a bit and Ballinasloe nearby with 6k persons is not, Ballinasloe has not attracted an IDA project since Cross pens in 1970...they all went to Athlone instead. Athlone even had the largest company in Ireland once...remember Elan???? I don't think we can save small town and rural Ireland in most cases....the exceptions largely being those commutable to truly large towns like Kilcock or Athenry and there is always the true exceptions of Westport and Kinsale and Clonakilty which are premium tourist towns. But we only have a few of those.
Interestingly as for telecommuting even countries like Japan
haven't adopted it en masse. In Japan millions of commuters pack on train for journies of up to two hours each way , work long hours in the office too.
It seems the government and employers think cash will move through the economy better this way and they can keep any eye on their employees plus socializing is important. These are all reasons that this INCREDIBLE waste of time still exists. We talking FOUR HOURS of each day just commuting!
Japan suffers from compulsive herd mentality, you must be seen saying Hai to the boss every day and he must see you. It is a bad example in other words.
For the company I work in travel expenses are major but not only that, we do a lot of our work by phone through multiple time zones and we do need better communication tools especially for worldwide meetings. We are also doing a heck of a lot more webinars and online marketing outreach now. All these trends are pushing us towards familiar and more comfortable with working online in different capacities. The last bit...dealing with customers interactively online is the key.
And in that we in Irelan are a lot further ahead where we have decent (50mbit standard) broadband., I had to paint and decorate an alcove in my sitting room to 'look' like an office in the background on the webcam last month....instead of a home.
Lucky eir are starting to fibre my boreen in Galway so.