Tax breaks for working from home are set to be examined under a new plan from the government to incentivise people to move to rural Ireland.
The 'Our Rural Future' plan also commits to a fund to re-purpose vacant buildings in rural towns to turn them into shared office spaces with access to high speed broadband.
The government is understood to be examining further financial incentives such as relocation grants to get people out of cities.
Pilot schemes are set to be launched to provide state-backed taxis or hackneys in rural communities that can't support public transport networks on their own.
A separate scheme will aim to turn some rural pubs into community areas providing other services in a bid to keep them open.