Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Mr. Peter Walsh:

It is very difficult to know or to be too definitive. In fairness to the Department of Transport and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, time is required to scrutinise applications properly. They have teams and resources that are limited. If they get two or three projects in at the same time, I am sure that causes problems with progressing them. We have had projects turned around very quickly. For example, the Cork to Ringaskiddy project was turned around quickly by the Department of Transport. We have had projects that have taken a lot longer. For example, the Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge project took over six months for its business case to be approved. What we are thinking is that we should be allowing six months.


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