An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, has said that Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s new development plan for the next 20 years, will bring significant investment to Dublin West. It includes a 10 year €116 billion national investment package for important infrastructure, like schools, hospitals, roads and public transport.
Speaking today the Taoiseach said:
“We expect an extra million people to be living in Ireland by 2040 so we need to plan ahead for where they are going to live, work, study and get around. We also need to re-balance more development and population increases away from Dublin to other major towns and cities in order to end urban sprawl which is contributing so much to traffic congestion and a shortage in housing.
“While there have been spatial plans in the past, this is the first time it has been backed up with an infrastructure investment plan. Project Ireland 2040 is also based on sensible assumptions about the future; that the economy will grow by 3% for the next few years and then slow to 2% after that. So that means that the plan is ‘Brexit-proof’ and affordable.
“The largest single element is €22bn to take action on climate change including a move to renewable energy, ending coal and peat burning in our power plants, insulating homes and buildings, incentivising people to get solar panels and heat pumps, buying low emission buses only from 2019 and ending the sale of new petrol or diesel cars from 2030 in favour of low emissions electric vehicles.”
Among the benefits for Dublin 15 and 7 are the following:
· Connolly Hospital: a new Children’s Unit, radiology department and laboratories and the relocation of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital to the campus
· Investment in Primary Care Centres including a major renovation of the Roselawn Health Centre
· Bus Connects: €2bn investment to upgrade our bus services so they are akin to a Luas on wheels
· DART for Dublin West: phased electrification of the Maynooth and Dunboyne lines to allow for more regular and faster train services with new carriages on order in the interim
· Major investments in cycling facilities including the completion of the Royal Canal Greenway
· Continuation of school building programme to build new schools and extensions with more money for technology and physical education facilities
· A ramp up in investment in social housing for people on the Council’s housing list
· Development of IT Blanchardstown as a campus of the new Dublin University of Technology as soon as September this year
· Continuation of the Sports Capital Programme to provide grants for local clubs to improve their facilities and buy new equipment
· Completion of the National Sports Campus, including Ireland’s first Velodrome
· Investment in the Phoenix Park including exciting plans to develop the Magazine Fort as an amenity for visitors