Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of James O'ConnorJames O'Connor (Cork East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I was thinking of projects requiring smaller-scale investment. When we are dealing with transport, including public transport, the costs are always in the high hundreds of millions or billions. Many of those sorts of schemes are enormous, for example, metro north. I am thinking of smaller projects that come in under €100 million. Does Ms Graham think those six-month delays are necessary? I view it as a delay because the projects eventually get signed off anyway. I am not aware of any road project that has been axed because of the public spending code since its implementation in 2013. The point I am making relates to the efficiency of getting these projects done in all quarters. Is that a question worth asking, from Ms Graham's point of view?


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