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Project Ireland 2040

Project Ireland 2040 is the government’s long-term overarching strategy to make Ireland a better country for all of its people. The plan changes how investment is made in public infrastructure in Ireland, moving away from the approach of the past, which saw public investment spread too thinly and investment decisions that didn’t align with a well-thought-out and defined strategy. Alongside the development of physical infrastructure, Project Ireland 2040 supports business and communities across all of Ireland in realising their potential. The National Development Plan and the National Planning Framework combine to form Project Ireland 2040.

The National Planning Framework (NPF) sets the vision and strategy for the development of our country to 2040 and the National Development Plan (NDP) provides enabling investment to implement the strategy.

The aim of Project Ireland 2040 is to make Ireland a better country for all of us. By 2040 there will be roughly an extra one million people living here. This population growth will require hundreds of thousands of new jobs, new homes, and heightened cultural and social amenities, enhanced regional connectivity and improved environmental sustainability.


Following on from the inaugural National Investment Office Annual Conference ‘Infrastructure in an Era of Uncertainty’ in 2020, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform convened the new public sector infrastructure network called InfraNet to provide a forum to critically examine public investment governance, reforms and innovations, as well as offering an opportunity to engage with experts in public sector and delivery bodies to share best practice, issues and solution.

The third InfraNet took place on Friday 29th January 2021. The theme of the webinar was 'Capital for Climate'. The session was a fruitful exchange between policy-makers and experts, and will inform the review of the National Development Plan which is currently underway. A detailed précis and slides from the event are available below.

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InfraNet Presentation - 29 January 2021

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InfraNet Précis - 29 January 2021


National Investment Office Annual Conference

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s recent high level conference “Nation Building: Ireland’s Infrastructure Priorities” focused on exploring the themes arising from Review to Renew, the public consultation of the review of the National Development Plan, strategic foresight in capital expenditure planning and investment, and the megatrends that will shape our future.

The conference was the second annual conference organised by the National Investment Office and invited public sector colleagues, academics, policy makers and delivery agencies to participate and engage, and was attended by over 187 stakeholders, representing key sectoral areas.

The ultimate objectives of the conference were to share experiences at different levels – from international organisations to local delivery agencies; build networks and take action on improving project delivery.

A comprehensive précis from the day is available.

Prospects - Ireland's Infrastructure Pipeline

Prospects sets out a clear pipeline of some of the largest individual projects that make up Project Ireland 2040. This sample of the pipeline spans projects which are currently at planning and appraisal to projects which are completing construction this year. We would invite construction firms, in Ireland, the EU and internationally, to consider the role that they can play in delivering these projects and in doing so help us fulfil the ambitious vision we have created in Project Ireland 2040.