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:
I accept that. We said it to several local authorities at the time. The reason we said we needed to have certainty is that our primary relationship in terms of the delivery of projects is with the local authorities and we cannot have a situation where we encourage them to enter into a contract or to even start a tender process that we subsequently cannot fund. Apart from causing a lot of difficulties for the local authorities, that would destroy the relationship. That is our primary concern. In terms of the NDP and certainty around the funding envelopes at least for next year, I appreciate that the numbers may change over the years, but at least for next year we have that certainty, so we will be able to give that certainty in December. I appreciate Deputy O'Connor’s appeal for that project.