Government Launches 'Ireland 2040' Plan
The Government has launched its €115 billion euro 'Ireland 2040' plan in Sligo.
The document outlines how Ireland should develop over the next 20 years and where big capital spending will be done.
There has been two plans launched today - the National Planning Framework, and the National Development Plan.
Together they form Project Ireland 2040 - the Government's vision for how to develop the country over the coming decades.
Leo Varadkar said: "It marks a significant milestone in our country's development - the point at which we put the lost decade behind us, and move forward into a new decade of expansion."
In the plan, there's €22 billion aimed at climate change, almost €12 billion for social housing provision and €11 billion for health.
There's also a big focus on tackling climate change:
Worth noting in #Ireland2040 - 2045 marks the death of the petrol/diesel car. No NCT certs will be issued for vehicles that are not zero emissions from then— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) February 16, 2018
The Government says it's a plan to develop all of Ireland, especially the infrastructure in parts of rural Ireland where it's currently poor.
It's estimated there will be 550,000 extra houses needed by 2040 to deal with the extra number of people living in the country by then.
So what is in the plan? To name but a few...
- Health will get a big investment, with plans for a total of 2,600 additional acute hospital beds
- €500 million to incentivise people to become more climate friendly - upgrading their homes and cars
- A second runway at Dublin airport and more investiment in regional airports
- The M20 Motorway from Limerick to Cork, and €5.7bn for national roads
- An urban regeneration fund of around €2bn to fund projects in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway
- More new schools will be announced, with up to 50 large scale school projects a year
- A DART extension to areas such as Drogheda & Maynooth, as well as the Metro Link in Dublin (linking Swords to Sandyford, via Dublin Airport)
- Luas extensions to Bray, Lucan, Finglas and Poolbeg
- Bus Connects programme for Dublin, Cork and Galway with new corridors and ticketing plans
- The new Children's Hospital
- New IT systems for the HSE and money to replace the Garda Pulse system
- The Defence Forces will get two new maritime aircraft to patrol the seas post-Brexit
- Athlone is to be dubbed capital of the midlands, with extra importance to be given to developing Sligo as well
- Investment of €1bn in culture, including support for galleries around the country
But the plan has been politically sensitive with claims it leaves out rural Ireland by focusing on urban areas.