FUNDING for a new €210m Maternity Hospital, a new 96-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick, a new ambulance base for Limerick and the M20 Limerick-Cork motorway have all been included in the goverment's Project Ireland 2040, it has been announced.
The government has this Friday morning launched the plan - encompassing the National Development Plan (NDP) the National Planning Framework (NPF) - at Sligo IT.
According to the NDP, launched at 2pm this Friday, the M20, linking Cork and Limerick, will cost an estimated €850m to €900m. This is one of the key objectives within its 10-year plan for regional connectivity.
Limerick will also benefit from a massive €2bn urban regeneration and development fund, which will enhance the country's five main "growth enablers". This includes the Limerick 2030 initiative and the Limerick Regeneration Implementation Framework Plan, also known as regeneration.
There will also be a €1bn rural development fund. And according to the NPF, also launched this Friday, this means that "places like Newcastle West will not be competing for funding with Limerick City".
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