Government To Launch 115 Billion

The government is to launch its 115 billion euro ‘Ireland 2040’ plan later.

The document will outline how Ireland should develop over the next 20 years and where big capital spending will be done.

The cabinet is holding a special meeting to approve it before the launch in Sligo this afternoon.


Communications Minister Denis Naughten says despite criticism, he’s happy the plan will be good for rural Ireland.

Locally, all eyes will be on projects that will be developed in this region.

Rural parts of Clare will be looking for their fair share of the €1 billion Rural Regeneration Scheme expected to be announced, while the M20 motorway linking Limerick to Cork is also thought to be on the agenda.

With billions expected to be spent on health, one of the most significant will be the long-awaited 96-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick, which it’s hoped will play a major role in tackling overcrowding.

Chief Clinical Director of the UL Hospitals Group Professor Paul Burke remains hopeful that funds will be released to improve services in the Midwest.