238. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of officials and advisers that travelled from her Department to the launch of the NDP, NPF in County Sligo; the cost of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9157/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government launched Project Ireland 2040, comprised of the National Planning Framework to 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 in Sligo on 16 February, following a meeting of the Government.  The launch was also attended by my Special Adviser and the Assistant Secretary for Corporate Affairs from my Department.
The only costs arising for my Department in connection with its participation in these events ...

95. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her key priorities in relation to the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2283/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): “Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021” was published in September 2015 by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on behalf of Government at that time. 
This capital plan set out that an indicative amount of €3.01 billion in capital investments would be made through the Department’s Vote primarily through the enterprise agencies covering the period 2016 – 2021 inclusive. 
The fund...

165. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the launch of the national development plan. (Question 8182/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On 16 February last, the Government launched the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 - 2027 following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo.  The NDP comprises an investment programme of €116 billion, of which €91 billion relates to Exchequer capital investment and the balance of €25 billion is State-backed investment by commercial State Owned Enterprises and other State bodies. 
This NDP adopts a n...

92. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff allocated to the infrastructure projects office; the number anticipated by year end 2018; the allocated budget for 2018 and 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18472/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of the implementation of Project Ireland 2040, a number of actions are underway by my Department.
We have now established the high level Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board, jointly chaired by the Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Secretary General of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, to provide strategic leadership and direction to ensure the active man...

150. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his key priorities in relation to the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2282/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The 2018-2027 National Development Plan is currently in the process of being finalised. The plan, which will be published alongside the new National Planning Framework “Ireland 2040”, will set out the Government’s intentions in relation to public capital investment beyond 2021.
My priority is for the investment in the agri-food sector, through a well-funded Rural Development Programme, Seafood Development Programme and Forest...

105. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the new national investment plan will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7765/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The new National Development Plan 2018 - 2027, NDP, is currently in the process of being finalised and I expect that it will be published following approval by Government on 16 February.  
The primary objective of the NDP is to underpin the implementation of the new national planning framework for spatial policy under the Ireland 2040 Plan.  The assessment of priorities for public capital investment over the period to 2027 will...

7. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the number of staff in his Department working on the roll-out of Project Ireland 2040; and the number of events he has attended and plans to attend to promote the project. (Question 17880/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Administration)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
Cabinet Committee D last met on 1 February 2018. The next meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 8 May next. The overall objective of Cabinet Committee D on infrastructure is to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the development and implementation of policy regarding housing, infrastructure investment and delivery, climate action and the delivery of Project Ireland 2040. Project Ireland 2040 is the overarchi...

712. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of staff that will be allocated to the National Regeneration and Development Agency; the budget for the agency per annum; the location of its headquarters; the operational timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9264/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 71, 712, 715 and 734 together.
The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around ...

8. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach the role of his Department with regard to Project Ireland 2040; and the role of his Department in its implementation. (Question 18735/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Administration)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
Cabinet Committee D last met on 1 February 2018. The next meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 8 May next. The overall objective of Cabinet Committee D on infrastructure is to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the development and implementation of policy regarding housing, infrastructure investment and delivery, climate action and the delivery of Project Ireland 2040. Project Ireland 2040 is the overarchi...

108. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the cost of his department’s involvement in the NDP and NPF launch that was held in County Sligo on 16 February 2018; and if these were the total costs. (Question 9380/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

9. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if his attention has been drawn to the number of officials in his Department who are working on the national planning framework and on the roll-out of the national development plan; and if they are predominately in the communications area. (Question 18812/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Administration)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
Cabinet Committee D last met on 1 February 2018. The next meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 8 May next. The overall objective of Cabinet Committee D on infrastructure is to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the development and implementation of policy regarding housing, infrastructure investment and delivery, climate action and the delivery of Project Ireland 2040. Project Ireland 2040 is the overarchi...

10. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet Committee D (Infrastructure) last met. (Question 19088/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Administration)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
Cabinet Committee D last met on 1 February 2018. The next meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 8 May next. The overall objective of Cabinet Committee D on infrastructure is to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the development and implementation of policy regarding housing, infrastructure investment and delivery, climate action and the delivery of Project Ireland 2040. Project Ireland 2040 is the overarchi...

107. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of officials and advisers from his Department who travelled to the launch of the NDP and NPF in County Sligo; and the cost of same. (Question 9379/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

101. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the cost of marketing the launch of the NDP and NPF in newspapers and social media at national and local level; if it was the strategic communications unit that co-ordinated the information campaign; and if there was a procurement process on same. (Question 9349/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

122. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the marketing budget allocated to the NDP and NPF launch; and the cost of cinema and newspaper advertisements at national and local level for same. (Question 9809/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

110. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if the strategic communications unit has access to other budgets in other Departments to promote the NDP and NPF. (Question 9399/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

64. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the GDP growth forecasts for each year up to 2027 upon which the national development plan is based; if these growth forecasts account for Brexit as outlined by both the ESRI report and the Copenhagen report on Brexit; the amount of the available fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 that has been used up from the national development plan; if the Exchequer borrowing requirement will be raised as a result of the national 
development plan; if Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, IFAC, has been consulted specifically in relation to the borrowing requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11317/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - National Development Plan Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Macro-economic projections adopted in the Plan for the period 2018-2021 are detailed in Annex 3 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook for Budget 2018. As set out in the NDP, a potential growth rate of 2% in volume terms is assumed over the period 2022 to 2027. This potential growth rate aligns with the most recent long-term growth projection from the European Commission for Ireland for the 2020s while being lower than the OECD l...

626. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if carbon reduction and fuel poverty proofing has been carried out to prioritise investments outlined in the national planning framework, NPF; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10876/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around 1 million extra people, 660,000 extra jobs and 550,000 extra homes.
...

39. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of officials and advisors that travelled from his Department to the launch of the NDP, NPF in County Sligo; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9150/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): One adviser and one official travelled from my Department to the launch of the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 and National Planning Framework in County Sligo. To date no related travel costs have been incurred by my Department. In line with relevant circulars issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, officers are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses associated with their attendance. 
...

36. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the GDP growth forecasts for each year up to 2027 upon which the national development plan is based; if these growth forecasts account for Brexit as outlined by both the ESRI report and the Copenhagen report on Brexit; the amount of available fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 which has been used up from the national development plan; if the Exchequer borrowing requirement will be raised as a result of the national development plan; if IFAC has been consulted specifically in relation to the borrowing requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13125/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Macroeconomic projections adopted in the Plan for the period 2018-2021 are detailed in Annex 3 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook for Budget 2018. As set out in the NDP, a potential growth rate of 2% in volume terms is assumed over the period 2022 to 2027. This potential growth rate aligns with the most recent long-term growth projection from the European Commission for Ireland for the 2020s while being lower than the OECD lo...

69. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his key priorities in regard to the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2295/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As outlined to the Deputy in my response to his previous parliamentary question on this matter, the capital review was published on 14 September 2017 and I believe that all members of the Oireachtas received a hard copy on that date. To recap, the review of the Capital Plan highlighted some key themes which will closely inform and be incorporated into the analysis leading to the finalisation of the new ten-year plan for public...

115. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the cost of publishing the national development plan 2018-27; the cost of its launch in County Sligo on 16 February 2018; the cost of the presentation that accompanied the launch; the invoices to be received and the contracts that have been entered into; the cost of advertising in social media for the plan and its launch; the cost of advertising in newspapers for the plan and its launch; the cost of the website used for the national planning framework; the cost of the presentation video on the national planning framework website; and the number of visits to that site. (Question 9096/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

41. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of preparing the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the cost in terms of advisers or consultants in preparation of the plan; the persons and firms involved in this regard; the amount by public agencies; and the estimated and actual costs. (Question 11005/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government launched the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 - 2027 following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo on 16 February. The NDP comprises an investment programme of €116 billion, of which €91 billion relates to Exchequer capital investment and the balance of €25 billion is State-backed investment by commercial State Owned Enterprises and other State bodies. 
Officials from my Departm...

52. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the risk of overheating the economy as a result of the national development plan 2018 to 2027; the inflation forecasts for each year up to 2027; if investment in major capital projects will be held back if the economy is overheating; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9089/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Economic Policy)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Although the economic recovery has been much faster than anticipated, developments in the labour market, which is probably the best barometer of the Irish economy given distortions to GDP and GNP, suggest that the economy is not yet operating at full capacity. While unemployment has fallen rapidly to 6.1 per cent in January, from a peak of 16 per cent in 2012, this is still above the level considered to represent full employment in Ireland. Further,...

752. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a motion by a group (details supplied) will be reviewed and its concerns addressed; if rural housing for persons living in rural areas will be facilitated in the plan; if the re-opening of the Ulster canal is a key infrastructural project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9989/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The National Planning Framework (NPF) was published by Government on 16 February 2018, alongside the National Development Plan 2018-2027 as part of Project Ireland 2040. 
The NPF sets out an ambitious high-level, national vision for Ireland for 2040, and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years (catering for around 1 million extra people, 660,000 extra ...

230. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of officials and advisers that travelled from his Department to the launch of the NDP, NPF in County Sligo; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9151/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Urban Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 226, 230, 232 and 234 together.
The National Planning Framework sets out an ambitious high-level, national vision for Ireland for 2040, and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years (catering for around 1 million extra people, 660,000 extra jobs and 550,000 extra homes).
The National Planning Fra...

128. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health his key priorities in the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2292/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Mid Term review of the Capital Plan was published by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 13th September 2017. 
Health capital funding was outlined in the recently published Public Service Estimates for 2018 and the HSE is currently developing its Capital Plan for 2018-2021. 
The Government is preparing a new National Development Plan for the period 2018-2027, which is expected to be published alongside and in support of the forthcoming...

83. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated capital expenditure by each State supported body in each of the years 2018 to 2027 under the national development plan 2018 to 2027, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9094/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Annex 1 of the National Development Plan sets out capital ceilings for each Ministerial Vote Group for the five year period 2018 - 2022.  As stated in section 3.6 of the Plan, these five-year ceilings will be maintained on a rolling basis for the period of the Plan, updated annually in the annual Estimates process to include a new fifth year.  Capital ceilings by Ministerial Vote Group for the subsequent five year period 2023 -...

232. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the €2 billion urban regeneration fund announced as part of the NDP additional to the €11.6 billion announced in the NDP for social housing is planned to fund housing projects or other regeneration activities; and if so, the list of potential activities to be funded with this allocation. (Question 9173/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Urban Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 226, 230, 232 and 234 together.
The National Planning Framework sets out an ambitious high-level, national vision for Ireland for 2040, and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years (catering for around 1 million extra people, 660,000 extra jobs and 550,000 extra homes).
The National Planning Fra...

116. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the number of contracts entered into for the publication and launch of the national development plan; the cost of each contract; the purpose of each contract; and if each contract was organised by the Office of Government Procurement. (Question 9097/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

113. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the number of contracts entered into by the strategic communications unit for the publication and launch of the national development plan; the cost of each contract; the purpose of each contract; and if the procurement process went through the Office of Government Procurement. (Question 9098/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Project Ireland 2040 Launch)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 98, 101, 102, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 115 to 119, inclusive, and 122 together.
An objective of the Government is to improve citizens’ understanding of what it is doing on their behalf, what their entitlements are, and the workings of Government in general.
In support of this objective, the Government has approved a list of policy areas for which citizen-focussed information campaigns will be run.
These campaigns are funded from the €5 million budg...

54. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of the new regeneration and development funds as outlined in the NPF and NDP; if they will replace LIHAF; if there will be a requirement to have a significant residential element to projects supported by the funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9718/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 71, 712, 715 and 734 together.
The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around ...

1307. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the rail projects planned for completion before the end of 2021 under the national development plan, NDP; the progress to date with the design, planning and construction of each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16052/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The recently published National Development Plan (NDP) sets out how the State’s overall capital investment of €116 billion for the lifetime of the NDP 2018-2027 is being allocated on a thematic basis across all ten of the National Strategic Objectives (NSOs) that are identified in the National Planning Framework (NPF).  The NDP sets out Strategic Investment Priorities and indicates some of the specific investments which have been ide...

284. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned investment for Athlone as part of the national development plan, NDP; the timeframe for delivery of this investment; and the expectant job creation and projected population increase as a result of this investment. (Question 15842/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The ten-year National Development Plan (NDP) has been put in place to underpin the implementation of the National Planning Framework (NPF) to support the development of all counties and regions, both urban and rural areas.
The NDP sets out an investment programme of €116 billion, aligned to the ten National Strategic Outcomes (NSOs) detailed in the NPF which are critical to long-term economic, social and environmental sustainab...

444. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his views on the National Planning Framework proposal to introduce better planning in relation to climate change; the way in which he will ensure the implementation of this planning in view of the timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14602/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040, and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around 1 million extra people, 660,000 extra jobs and 550,000 extra homes....

279. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the announcement of regional projects within the Ireland 2040 plan, specifically those relating to counties Sligo and Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14474/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Regional Development Initiatives)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Project Ireland 2040, which was launched by the Government last month, sets out the long-term planning and investment strategy for the country and contains a wide range of major investment projects and commitments within the 10-year National Development Plan. 
In addition, the 20-year National Planning Framework outlines the broader policy principles and priorities to plan in a more strategic and coordinated manner for...

73. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the growth forecasts for the economy upon which the national development plan 2018 to 2027 is based for each year in GDP and GNI up to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9087/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Economic Growth)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Exchequer funding envelope of €91 billion detailed in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027 is underpinned by a prudent and moderate scenario relating to the economy’s potential growth over the period of the Plan. This ensures that the projected level of public capital investment over the ten years of the Plan is sustainable and affordable in the context of the projected fiscal capacity of the economy over that per...

1016. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the new guidelines his Department is issuing in regard to local housing assessments needs in each local authority under the new National Planning Framework; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11908/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The National Planning Framework (NPF) was published by Government on 16 February 2018, alongside the National Development Plan 2018-2027 as part of Project Ireland 2040.
The NPF sets out an ambitious high-level, national vision for Ireland for 2040, and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, including the need for an additional 550,000 homes to cater ...

157. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of the €155 billion quoted in the media for the national development plan that will be direct Government expenditure; the amount that will be from the State enterprise sector; the amount that will be from PPPs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7020/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am not aware of the provenance of the figure referred to in the Deputy’s question.  
As the Deputy is aware, my Department is currently finalising a 10-year capital plan for the period 2018 to 2027.  The fundamental objective of the capital plan is to support the implementation of the objectives detailed in the forthcoming National Planning Framework (NPF).  In this context, the capital plan will, when published, set out the ...

203. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of projects that will be subject to the revised public private partnership rules as announced in the NDP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9266/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 summarises the key findings and recommendations agreed as part of the PPP review and the detailed report of the review will be published shortly.  When the PPP review is published, the recommendations will be included in the PPP policy guidelines and will apply to all future PPP projects.  
The programme of existing approved PPP projects, announced under Phases 1 – 3 of the Government’s...

519. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the input he made to the national planning framework; the additional capital investment he has secured in the national development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8367/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Last Friday, 16 February, the Government published Project Ireland 2040 which incorporates the new National Planning Framework and the 10-year National Development Plan (NDP).  The  NDP will underpin the Planning Framework with a programme of capital investment to 2027.
My Department provided inputs to the National Planning Framework though its participation on a Cross Departmental Steering Group which was led by the Department ...

715. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the proposed funding for the national regeneration and development agency demonstration project in Portlaoise; when the project will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9393/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 71, 712, 715 and 734 together.
The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around ...

71. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a centre (details supplied) is eligible to draw down funding from the newly established €1 billion rural regeneration development fund or the €2 billion urban regeneration and development fund; if so, the level of funding that could be provided for this project under either of these funding programmes; the way in which the company can advance its proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9648/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 71, 712, 715 and 734 together.
The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around ...

82. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated capital expenditure by Department for each of the years 2023 to 2027 (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9093/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Annex 1 of the National Development Plan sets out capital ceilings for each Ministerial Vote Group for the five year period 2018 - 2022. As stated in section 3.6 of the Plan, these five-year ceilings will be maintained on a rolling basis for the period of the Plan, updated annually in the annual Estimates process to include a new fifth year. Capital ceilings by Ministerial Vote Group for the subsequent five year period 2023 -...

734. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the way in which the national planning framework will plan the future development of the north and south fringe in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9584/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Planning Framework)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 71, 712, 715 and 734 together.
The National Planning Framework (NPF), published together with the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018, sets out an ambitious high-level national vision for Ireland for 2040 and provides the framework and principles to manage future population and economic growth over the next 20 years, catering for around ...

205. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital spend that will be required in each of the next ten years or as far as forecasts permit that will be allowed to be spent, in each case, at 4% of GNI star and GDP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9405/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I assume the Deputy is requesting information on the projected level of gross voted capital for each year over the period 2018-2027 if public capital investment was fixed at a 4 per cent share of the relevant measure of national income referenced by the Deputy, i.e. GNI* and GDP.  
The latest forecasts published by the Department of Finance alongside Budget 2018, as detailed in Annex 3 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook are for...

1657. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the projected spend on the €460 million phased investment programme in the national institutions in each of the years 2018 to 2027 in respect of additional expenditure arising from the national development plan in tabular form. (Question 16205/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1657 and 1660 to 1669, inclusive, together.
The Taoiseach and I recently launched my Department’s capital plan ‘Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage 2018 - 2027’ as part of Project Ireland 2040. This plan provides for total investment of over €1.1 billion over the period 2018 to 2027 in our culture, heritage, language and our islands.
Under this plan over the period 2018 to 2027 ...

75. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach the budget for all publicity, advertising and promotional work associated with the national development plan, NDP, and the national planning framework, NPF. (Question 11018/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 73, 75, 88 to 101, inclusive, 103, 104, 106, 112, 115, 120, 125 to 127, inclusive, 129, 135, 136 and 149 together.
Budget
The campaign for Project Ireland 2040 has an indicative budget of €1.5 million. The cost of the launch in Sligo was €45,000, this figure is inclusive of photography costs as this service was provided in-house. 
Media Partnerships
The media buying agency used by the Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) is PHD Media. This compa...

201. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent of upgrading of commuter rail facilities along the Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock and Enfield commuter line in accordance with Project Ireland 2040; the extent to which increased passenger capacity, extension of station facilities, extra track or other facilities is anticipated; the full extent of the expenditure involved; the timeframe for provision of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10415/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035’ proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme. As outlined in the recently published ‘National Development Plan 2018-2027, Project Ireland 2040’ (NDP), the DART Expansion Programme is a series of projects that will create a full metropolitan area DART Net...

202. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent of upgrading of commuter rail facilities along the Hazelhatch, Sallins, Newbridge and Kildare commuter line in accordance with Project Ireland 2040; the extent to which increased passenger capacity, extension of station facilities, extra track or other facilities is anticipated; the full extent of the expenditure involved; the timeframe for provision of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10416/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035’ proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme. As outlined in the recently published ‘National Development Plan 2018-2027, Project Ireland 2040’ (NDP), the DART Expansion Programme is a series of projects that will create a full metropolitan area DART Net...