Infrastructure Ireland® 2021

Investing for a post-Covid recovery

eolas magazine is organising the 2021 Infrastructure Ireland® conference which will look at how we can deliver the next generation of infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Ireland conference, took place virtually on Thursday 25th March 2021. The 2021 conference brought together an excellent line up of speakers, both local and visiting, who shared their thoughts on how we can deliver the next generation of infrastructure. A massive thank you to all the speakers who made the event a huge success and to all our delegates who helped bring the conference to life. The video recording from this event is now available to purchase to watch any time you wish. To stay up to date with next year’s event, please email info@eolasmagazine.ie

Review to Renew

The Covid-19 pandemic has also had far-reaching economic consequences, right across the globe. Amid the ongoing crisis, infrastructure investment has been identified as a route to sustainable recovery and the Government is determined to pursue a countercyclical approach to public spending.

Indeed, while during the previous recession, capital budgets were cut and infrastructure projects halted, the current Government has re-emphasised its commitment to public infrastructure in both the Programme for Government and the capital expenditure proposed in Budget 2021.

In November 2020, Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, brought forward and launched a mid-term review of the National Development Plan (NDP) to reassess investment in the context of Programme for Government priorities. McGrath advocates for a “larger, more ambitious” plan and the Government intends to outline a new 10-year capital investment envelope with five-year rolling budgets for individual departments.

There is no doubt that targeted infrastructure investment will play a huge role in delivering a sustainable economic and social recovery in Ireland.

Key issues examined include:

✔ Review to Renew: Ensuring the delivery of investment priorities in unprecedented times
✔ Funding and financing major infrastructure projects
✔ Innovative collaborations between the public and private sector
✔ Rebuilding health infrastructure for a post-Covid world
✔ Creating resilient infrastructure systems
✔ Ensuring long term value
✔ Crowdfunding as untapped potential for public sector financing
✔ Decarbonisation and the path towards Net Zero Infrastructure
✔ Creating Smart Infrastructure
✔ The impact of the pandemic on the construction sector
✔ Investing in education infrastructure for the future
✔ Regional infrastructure: Driving an economic and social renaissance
✔ Future outlook and delivering the next generation of infrastructure

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