The National Development Plan sets out the investment priorities that underpin the successful implementation of the National Planning Framework (NPF).  This will guide national, regional and local planning and investment decisions in Ireland over the next two decades, to cater for an expected population increase of over 1 million people.

The National Development Plan demonstrates the Government’s commitment to meeting Ireland’s infrastructure and investment needs over the next ten years, through a total investment estimated at €116 billion over the period. This represents a very substantial commitment of resources and is expected to move Ireland close to the top of the international league table for public investment.

This level of capital spending will ensure ongoing employment maintenance and creation with appropriate regional development. It will also provide clarity to the construction sector, allowing the industry to provide the capacity and capability required to deliver Government’s long-term investment plans.

The National Development Plan also illustrates the commitment to reforming how public investment is planned and delivered. This is being achieved through a decisive shift to integrated regional investment plans, stronger co-ordination of sectoral strategies and more rigorous selection and appraisal of projects to secure value-for-money.

Implementation

A number of key structures have been put in place to ensure the efficient, coordinated and timely implementation of the NDP and NPF, including:

  • A high-level Delivery Board of the Secretaries General from the key infrastructure Departments. This monitors and oversees the implementation and performance of NDP and NPF delivery.
  • An Investment Projects and Programmes Office (IPPO), which has been established in DPER to drive value-for-money reforms in areas such as project appraisal and selection.
  • The Land Development Agency, which has been established by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to coordinate the use of appropriate State-owned lands for regeneration and development – primarily for new housing.
  • The Investment Tracker  contains over 270 projects and programmes and includes estimated costs, project status, commencement dates, completion dates etc.
  • The four NDP funds, which will focus on the implementation of the central NDP objectives, were launched during the summer of 2018. Announcements on the first round of successful applications commenced in Q3 of 2018.
  • The Government recognises that a sustainable and innovative construction sector is crucial for the efficient delivery of the NDP.  To that end, a Construction Sector Group has been established to ensure regular and open dialogue between Government and stakeholders in the sector.

Evidence-base

IMF Public Investment Management Assessment (PIMA) Report
IGEES Strategic Public Infrastructure: Capacity and Demand Analysis
Review of the Capital Plan 2016-2021
Project Ireland 2040