Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (105)

Catherine Martin


105. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the new national investment plan will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7765/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The new National Development Plan 2018 - 2027, NDP, is currently in the process of being finalised and I expect that it will be published following approval by Government on 16 February.  

The primary objective of the NDP is to underpin the implementation of the new national planning framework for spatial policy under the Ireland 2040 Plan.  The assessment of priorities for public capital investment over the period to 2027 will also be strongly informed by the detailed infrastructure capacity and demand analysis prepared by the Irish Government economic and evaluation service, IGEES, as part of the recent review of the 2015 capital plan, which assessed key drivers of infrastructure demand in a number of areas such as health, housing, transport, education, climate change, etc.  The infrastructure capacity and demand analysis was published alongside the review of the capital plan and both are available on my Department's website. 

The NDP will set out the Government's priorities in relation to public capital investment for the next decade and it will be a priority for Government to ensure that the plan constitutes a decisive response to priority infrastructural needs across key sectors of the economy, while also supporting balanced regional growth.