Infrastructure Ireland 2019
eolas magazine is organising the 2019 Infrastructure Ireland® conference which will look at how we can deliver the next generation of infrastructure. The National Development Plan 2018-2027, fully integrated with the National Planning Framework, will drive Ireland’s long term economic, environmental and social progress across all parts of the country over the next decade.
Project Ireland 2040
It has now been over a year since Project Ireland 2040 was launched, which detailed how more than €116 billion will be spent over the next ten years and beyond. In its first year, progress has been mixed. For semi-state organisations such as ESB and the National Transport Authority (NTA) it has started very well – ESB is ahead of forecast in its five year plan and the NTA already had a transport plan in place for the greater Dublin area and one for Galway which could be rolled into the NDP.
Certainly challenges remain in terms of infrastructure projects and cost overruns. The National Broadband Plan and its potential cost alongside the National Children’s Hospital is putting strain on central government in terms of affordability. Further progress and clarity on timing for some of the larger projects is also needed. And as ever, ongoing pressures from demographics, planning, climate change, Brexit and a potential skills shortage will have to be overcome.
Where there is challenge there is also opportunity. The pipeline of projects is encouraging for the wider construction sector. Collaboration is essential – a regular and open dialogue between government and industry on how to successfully deliver on the commitments in Project Ireland 2040. There is also the potential for digital technology to disrupt the construction sector and ensuring that the transition to a low carbon economy is centre of every project will create economic, environmental and social benefits for years to come.
Key issues examined
✔ Priorities for investment: Progress report
✔ Supporting the delivery of major infrastructure projects
✔ Innovative collaborations between the public and private sector
✔ Financing and funding the National Development Plan
✔ What is the solution to the housing crisis?
✔ Ensuring we have a skilled labour force to deliver on investment
✔ Delivering better healthcare through better infrastructure
✔ What do end users need and how should it be delivered?
✔ Embracing disruptive technologies and data driven insights
✔ Investing in energy infrastructure as we transition to a low carbon future
✔ Future outlook and key legal issues for the PPP market
✔ The role of the private sector in delivering investment priorities
✔ Linking planning and investment: A long term approach
✔ Future outlook and delivering the next generation of infrastructure