Public Consultation for the Review of the Capital Plan (closed)

A public consultation was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D. on 31 March.  Submissions for the public consultation were accepted up until 30 April 2017.

The objective of the consultation for the review of the Capital Plan was to ascertain the views of the public and key stakeholders on what our national infrastructure priorities should be, when deciding on the allocation of additional capital funding over the remaining period of the Capital Plan. The consultation also sought the views on infrastructure investment priorities beyond the period of the current Capital Plan, to help formulate a longer term 10 year National Investment Plan.

The public consultation guidance document was published on the D/PER website, along with a link to an online questionnaire.  The guidance document also included a hard copy of the questionnaire and set out the context of the Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan, as well as identifying key factors for consideration when making submissions.  In addition to the online questionnaire there was also an option for contributors to send in further comments, suggestions or larger submissions in hard or soft copy to the Department.

  • Public consultation guidance and questionnaire is available here.
  • Public Submissions to the Review of the Capital Plan are available here.
  • Departmental Submissions to the Review of the Capital Plan are available here.
  • A summary of answers submitted to the questionnaire is available here.
  • A list of respondents (excluding individual respondents) is available here.

Information on the Review of the Capital Plan

The Capital Plan, which was published in 2015, set out a six year framework for substantial infrastructural investment in Ireland out to 2021. Since then, an additional €5.14 billion in Exchequer capital investment was originally allocated in the 2016 Summer Economic Statement (SES) in June 2016 for increased public capital investment over the period of the Capital Plan. A further €1.5 billion has been allocated by Government, as set out in the 2017 SES, over the period 2019-2021.

Taking account of the significant resources of €2.2 billion which has been provided to support the delivery of the Action Plan for Housing over the period and other commitments made in Estimates 2017 with implications for 2018 and 2019, €4.1 billion in additional capital expenditure is to be allocated on the basis of this review in Estimates 2018.

In addition to providing a progress report on the considerable progress already made since 2015 in delivering some of the major projects in the Plan, the report provides a detailed evidence base for the allocation of the €4.1 billion of additional funding, in light of the infrastructural deficits identified through the analysis undertaken in the review.

The evidence base for the review includes:-

  • detailed submissions by Departments and Offices;
  • an extensive public consultation; and
  • an Infrastructure Capacity and Demand Analysis completed by the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.


Informed by the Review, final decisions on the allocation of the additional capital resources will be made in the context of the 2018 Estimates.