23 February 2018

Project Ireland 2040 will Deliver Real Investment in Locally

Frances Fitzgerald, local Fine Gael TD, has welcomed the launch of the Government’s National Development Plan - Project Ireland 2040. 

Speaking about Project 2040 which was launched by Government on Friday, Fitzgerald said it will support families and strengthen communities in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Saggart, Brittas, Rathcoole and Newcastle and will ensure sustainable growth for the future of the area.

“Our local communities are going to benefit from real investment and proper planning as a result of Project Ireland 2040. Project Ireland 2040 is the Government's plan for the future of Ireland and combined two important planning and investment policies; the National Planning Framework, which sets out how Ireland can grow in a sustainable, balanced fashion over the next twenty years, and the National Development Framework which supports this development with a €115 billion fund. This means that for the first time in the history of the State, our spatial planning is backed up with solid investment and it will deliver for our citizens.

"I have repeatedly highlighted the need for further public transport infrastructure with my colleagues as a sustainable solution to our local and regional traffic issues. I am pleased that Project Ireland 2040 places a particular importance on public transport projects that will deliver locally. 

“Priority elements of the DART Expansion programme which will create a full metropolitan area DART network for Dublin with all of the lines linked and connected. The initial sequencing of this €2 billlion investment will focus on delivery of non-underground tunnel elements of the programme, using the recently opened rail link and existing connector tunnel under the Phoenix Park.  The next step will be to provide fast, high-frequency electrified services including to Celbridge/Hazelhatch on the Kildare Line, which encompasses Adamstown and Fonthill stations, by 2027. There is a significant benefit to using the recently opened rail link and existing connector tunnel under the Phoenix Park in that it will enable additional passenger services to be put in place much earlier using existing infrastructure with some enhancements.

“A Luas to Lucan is committed to in the National Transport Authority’s Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035, however Project Ireland aims to undertake appraisal, planning and design of the LUAS network expansion to Lucan by 2027.

“A new Park and Ride Programme will see the development of strategic park and ride sites plus investment in parking facilities at rail, and bus connections. Local developments under this programme will include Liffey Valley and Naas Road.

“Implementation and funding of the BusConnects Dublin strategy which is an approximately €2 billion plan to deliver a radical redesign of the bus system in Dublin and is expected to be fully rolled out and completed by 2027.  Other elements of the Dublin BusConnects programme include: a network of “next generation” bus corridors (including segregated cycling facilities) on the busiest bus routes;  a complete redesign of the bus network; simpler fare structures;  cashless payment system; a state-of-the-art ticketing system;  park and ride facilities; new bus stops and shelters.

“Adamstown and Nangor Road Improvements which will see an upgrade to the Adamstown Road and Nangor Road to support the development of the area for enterprise and economic uses. The project will alleviate congestion, improve connectivity and enhance economic development.

"Significant improvements to address access and capacity issues within our Health Service are also funded by Project Ireland such as; an additional 2,600 acute hospital beds with elective-only hospitals for Dublin, Cork and Galway, 4,500 short and long term residential beds in public Community Nursing Homes, the building of a Renal Dialysis and Intensive Care Unit as well as a Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght Hospital and more investment into providing Primary Care Centres and Community Diagnostic Facilities. These measures aim to reduce waiting lists and increase access to care for residents across the constituency.

“Other significant areas of the plan which will impact local families include initiatives in health, education and sports.

Over €100 million in capital funding has been allocated nationally for the Sport Capital Programme (SCP) for the coming four years which will allow for the continued development of new and improved sports facilities in both urban and rural areas;
  • Development of primary care centres and the upgrading and replacement of community nursing units across the Dublin region
  • New National Electronic Health Record Programme as identified by the Sláintecare reform of the Health service
  • New National Children’s hospital at the St James’ campus to be open by 2022 with two Outpatient departments and urgent care centres at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and at nearby Tallaght Hospital by 2020;
  • New National Maternity Hospital at the grounds of St Vincent's Hospital in south Dublin;
  • Investment in schools includes a nation-wide school building programme to respond to demographic changes, as well as the Prefab Replacement Programme, Summer Works Schemes and Minor Works Schemes to support the ongoing school maintenance and upgrade programmes;
  • A school laboratory and PE hall build and modernisation programme;
  • €420 million towards the ongoing embedding of the use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.

"This comprehensive plan provides guaranteed funding for projects that have long been identified as well as developing solutions to issues that have arisen in recent years. I will be following up
with my colleagues on various Departments to ensure timely progress on local projects. This plan is about investing to ensure our communities and our country is insulated against any possible
challenges like Brexit. It’s a path to a positive, sustainable future.”