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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.

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.


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.