Sunday 18 February 2018

Project Ireland 2040: National Development Plan explained as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launches €116 billion spending splurge on infrastructure

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has launched a capital spending slurge for the next decade that will cost the taxpayer €116billion, at a glitzy PR launch. The list of infrastructure goodies unveiled include billion euro projects across the sectors, such as health, transport and education, while the largesse is spread across the country, from Dublin to Cork, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and almost everywhere in between. However, there was still some criticism that rural Ireland was not getting a fair crack of the whip compared to the greater Dublin area, but Minister for Rural Affairs, Michael Ring, defended the Government, saying that “rural Ireland will thrive” under the new plan. The plan, part of Project Ireland 2040, predicts that there will be one million more people living in Ireland in 20 years time and that development and upgrade of infrastructure is necessary to make Ireland still a great place to live.

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