Project Ireland 2040 - the National Planning Framework and associated ten year National Development Plan - explicitly recognises that our culture, language and heritage are an essential part of the sustainable development of the country and makes provision for a €1 billion investment in these sectors over the 10 years of the plan. This is in addition to an investment of €178 million in the Irish language and in our Gaeltacht and Island communities.
For the first five years of the NDP, the annual allocation to support my Department’s investment programme will be, as follows:
- €54 million in 2018;
- €75 million in 2019;
- €76 million in 2020;
- €80 million in 2021; and
- €110 million in 2022.
The uses to which the 2018 allocations are being applied is published in the Revised Estimates Volume for this year at www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/REV-2018-compressed.pdf. This detail of our annual allocations set out in the NDP provides the necessary clarity to allow for the scheduling of delivery of projects and programmes in accordance with the outcome of an appraisal and planning phase which will inform the further breakdown of these allocations in subsequent years.