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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.



Review to Renew

The National Development Plan is a blueprint, setting out a strategic framework for public capital investment from 2018 to 2027 with a particular focus on the following Strategic Investment Priorities.

To ensure that the Programme for Government priorities are achieved and to respond to the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, the Government is now reviewing the National Development Plan, considering the most important challenges facing us as a nation including climate action, housing, balanced regional development, healthcare, social welfare policy, transport, education, and the associated resourcing requirements. The renewed NDP will set out a capital framework until 2030.

The review will by led by the National Investment Office in DPER.

A key element of the review is Review to Renew – the public consultation of the review of this national policy . The public consultation offers all people in Ireland - expert stakeholders and users of infrastructure - the opportunity to inform and influence important policy that affects the fabric of our daily lives including the distribution of our people, our jobs, businesses, houses, roads, public transport, education and health infrastructure; our social, cultural and sporting facilities.

The NDP will act as an important economic stabiliser over the coming period and crucially, will drive our recovery from the Covid-19 emergency.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD, invites submissions to Review to Renew.

The review will not be considering the merit of individual projects or sectoral policy strategies as this is a primarily matter for individual Departments and Agencies. Individual projects are selected based on a detailed process which begins with Departments or Agencies setting their own sectoral strategy and goals, and then subsequently identifying specific needs or challenges to be addressed, whether that be through education, regulation, taxation or potentially expenditure on an infrastructure project.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as part of this public consultation process may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003. After the consultation has closed, a summary of proposals will be compiled and published on the Department's website.

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Review to Renew - Review of National Development Plan (NDP)

This is your opportunity to contribute your views, experiences and expertise into Review to Renew so that the updated NDP can support economic, social, environmental and cultural development all across the country.

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The Project Ireland 2040: Annual Report 2019 , published on 1st October 2020, 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.

Infranet

Following on from the successful international conference ‘Infrastructure in an Era of Uncertainty’ (more information below), 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 first InfraNet took place on Friday 24th July. The focus of the webinar was to review the state-of-play in Ireland’s public construction sector, and review how the sector is managing to return-to-work as Ireland recovers from Covid-19. The session highlighted the continued progress on several fronts since January’s conference, and set the scene for the review of the National Development Plan (NDP) as set out in ‘Our Shared Future’, the new Programme for Government. A detailed précis and slides from the event are available here.


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.