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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 Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s recent high level conference Infrastructure investment in an era of uncertainty focused on ensuring best practice in public investment within the framework of Project Ireland 2040.

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, slides and selected images from the day are available. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford University was one of the keynote speakers on the day. He features in the video below.

It is intended that the group will reconvene at intervals throughout the year, as well as an annual conference focused on the most relevant sectoral issues.


The Annual Report , published on 2 May 2019, highlights achievements to date under the plan as well as looking forward to what is still to come.

To find out more about what’s happening in your local area, click on the interactive map below or check out the regional documents in Project Ireland 2040: Region by Region.



This video details the benefits of Project Ireland 2040. It features a message from the Taoiseach and an animation that shows the impact of changes.