THE Government’s big plan for spending on homes, services and transport was unveiled yesterday — and reaction to it is mixed. The €116billion Project Ireland 2040 plan hopes to see the construction of 500,000 new homes over the next two decades and €2billion for the regeneration of the country’s five main cities. It divides the country into three regions and states 75 per cent of population growth over the next two decades should take place outside Dublin. Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are designated as the urban centres for expansion, meaning they get extra attention when it comes to infrastructure investment. Announcing the plan at IT Sligo yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “This is a plan for all our citizens — the old, the young and the yet-to-be-born, living in towns, in cities and in the countryside”.
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