An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe have marked the first full year of Project Ireland 2040 by announcing a major step forward for the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway.
The Taoiseach and Minister Donohoe were speaking at the launch of the first Annual Report for Project Ireland 2040 in an extension of the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick, one of the early projects supported by Project Ireland 2040 and providing 1,200 extra study places.
Some €7 billion has been earmarked for investment in projects in 2019 through Project Ireland 2040, with significant progress being made in transport, education, health, and housing.
Some highlights from the first year of Project Ireland 2040 include 11 primary care centres which will open this year on top of the 127 in operation, with another 26 being developed. The 11 are located at:
Other highlights include:
An Taoiseach said:
Minister Donohoe remarked:
Project Ireland 2040 takes a radically different approach to future planning by focusing not just on bricks and mortar, but on social, economic and cultural development. It links planning and investment for the first time in Irish history, balances rural and urban investment, and will avoid the mistakes of the past.
Significant transport projects include:
o N11 Gorey – Enniscorthy
o N25 New Ross bypass
o Portlaoise Southern Distributor Road
o The upgrade of the Adamstown and Nangor roads;
The first allocations have also been made from the €4 billion Project Ireland 2040 funds:
Project Ireland sets out to ensure that three quarters of new growth will be outside Dublin, with 50% of the projected population growth planned for our towns, villages and rural areas and 50% for our cities. The annual report shows that 58% of employment in IDA client companies is now outside Dublin, the highest ever level, while 60% of new jobs in Enterprise Ireland client companies were created outside Dublin in the last year.
Progress is also being made in sustainability:
o Ennis Lower
Also unveiled today was MyProjectIreland, a new citizen-focused interactive map developed in partnership with Ordnance Survey Ireland which allows the user to navigate projects around the country, finding out what is happening in their region. By clicking on the map on gov.ie/2040, citizens will find a collection of information on what has been achieved in and what is planned for their own local area which may help them to decide where to work, live, study and invest. The map will be revised and updated over the life-time of the plan.
Limerick is one of the five growth cities under Project Ireland 2040, specifically targeted for development under the plan to act as a counter-balance to exclusively Dublin-centric growth. Limerick has become a leader in the area of regeneration and is an inspiring example to other towns and cities in Ireland.
Audience members at the launch included representatives from the university and neighbouring third level institutions, staff and members of Limerick City and Council as well as neighbouring local authorities who are vital to delivery of Project Ireland 2040 through their Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies, local business leaders, students from nearby Gaelscoil Luimní, faculty and future construction sector leaders from the University’s own BSc in Construction Management and Engineering.
Project Ireland 2040 is the long-term overarching strategy to make Ireland a better country for all of its people. Representing a new approach to social and economic development, Project Ireland 2040 for the first time unites strategic planning and public investment in one cohesive action plan. By 2040, there will be an extra one million people living in our country. Project Ireland 2040 aims to accommodate this growth in a balanced and sustainable way and put in place the investment required to enable prosperity. In the first year since its launch, Project Ireland 2040 points to clear progress across all its goals including compact growth, enhanced regional accessibility, strengthened rural economies and communities and the transition to a low carbon and climate resilient society.